I said in my last post that my wardrobe was well stocked and that I was having difficulty thinking of things to make for myself – hence my foray into children’s clothes. I can now state categorically that this was a temporary blip and we’re back to normal – sewing-for-me. A recent ‘looking’ trip to a very expensive ladies shop gave me some ideas for things I absolutely had to have but wasn’t prepared to part with upwards of £300 for a jacket and £180 for trousers. So guess what?
Armed with the images in my head and an internet connection I went proper shopping. With patterns already in the house I knocked up the jacket and the jeans for well under £30.
Vogue Wardrobe 8887. I love these patterns where you get tonnes of garments in one envelope. I actually bought this one (always in the sale) purely for the halter neck top, which, of course, has yet to be made. The jacket is A from this collection.
Interestingly the jacket is cut entirely on the bias, even the lining. I was very dubious about this to start with, always thinking that bias cut garments take up so much fabric and there’s always stupid corners left over that are no use to man or beast. Anyway, I cut as directed. My fabric is a stretch, light-weight printed denim. I wanted a short, summer weight jacket and liked the bracelet length sleeves and single button closure. Fabric is from My Fabric, where they also have lots of other variations and patterns in denim.
The pocket flaps in the pattern are simply that – flaps! Pointless things… so I added patch pockets to fit underneath them. I made no attempt to match up the pattern!
With every colour in the rainbow at my disposal, I added a green button from the button jar and sewed it on with pink thread. This jacket is sewn, not tailored in any way, but I did have to do a hand-bound button hole as the button was too big to fit in the button hole gadget, so please don’t look too closely. While I was at it, I sewed a small pink button on the reverse for extra strength.
I choose a bright pink cotton lining instead of poly satin, which makes me sweat – this, although a bit bulky, will help wick away the glow.
Paired with a plain navy RTW T-shirt and navy twill self drafted jeans, the flowery jacket lifts the uniform colour scheme completely. And of course, I’m not limited to navy with all this colour.
Does the jacket look a little small?
Let’s say it’s fitted instead. The bias cut means that movement is easy and unrestrained and doesn’t feel tight at all.
I did make some fairly major design changes however. After trying on the jacket was very boxy and not-fitted so I lost my waist – not the look I was after. I took in the back centre seam a lot at waist height, thereby also completing a sway back adjustment; did the same at the side seams and added darts in the back panels too.
The pattern is fairly straightforward, with the most difficult area being the collar and lapels – just trim and snip well and press endlessly.
Navy twill cotton with a teeny bit of stretch (also from My Fabrcis) made from my self-drafted pattern from Craftsy’s Jean-ius Reverse engineered jeans course with Kenneth King. I think this might be pair number 5, so I got my money’s worth there.
Trust you are all making delicious things for yourselves too….
August 5, 2013 at 12:37 pm
The jacket would be very cool in a plaid or stripe for the next time. Being floral you lose the bias feature…bummer. Interesting that you still had to make the same pattern alterations in a bias cut version. Love the fact you added real pockets and the large almost square flaps look more modern. Also great that you can wear this floral combo with anything!
August 6, 2013 at 8:44 am
But think of all the matching that would have to be done in a stipe or check!
August 5, 2013 at 12:54 pm
I love the whole outfit! The floral blazer looks so great with the jeans I might have to copy you! I like the sleeves length and how cool the jacket looks, great lining too!
August 5, 2013 at 10:11 pm
Agreed! The jacket is lovely and who’d think it isn’t ‘tailored?. Really suits you.
I wear a similar outfit all the time (though not floral), but I find it a very flattering, confidence-boosting look, great for cooler summer days.
August 6, 2013 at 9:05 am
I like the idea of plain underneath and a jacket to co-ordinate / contrast. Might try some other variations. Thanks Marianne
August 6, 2013 at 9:07 am
You just go right ahead and make your own Suzy – can’t wait to see it ’cause your linings are always a dream to look at.
August 5, 2013 at 1:02 pm
I think you can safely say, another triumph Ruth.
Oh gosh, I realize I must be the slowest sewist on the planet!!!!
I was thinking about the Kenneth D King course, and I bet many of us would love a review from you on it, if you think it may be of help to those of us, sitting on the shelf on this one……………..I guess its because I would personally like to use the technique for dresses etc. Would I and others learn enough from this course, to use it across other items, other than trousers/jeans??
Would respect any review from you.
August 6, 2013 at 8:53 am
I was dubious about taking an online course at first Marysia but when I bought this one it was at a really discounted price and thought that I didn’t have that much too lose. It turned out to be brilliant. Mr King makes a pair of jeans in front of your eyes (I love watching other people sew) and every step of the pattern drafting is shown. I reckon you could use this method for other garments too, in fact Mr King used this originally for vintage 1920s dresses. There’s a small review here – https://corecouture.wordpress.com/2012/09/22/jeans/.
BTW the jeans were made ages ago – I’m not a super speedy sewer.
August 6, 2013 at 9:19 am
Thanks for your reply Ruth. I think I will buy it when its on offer again.
I have worked on Gertie’s bombshell dress ( that was the first Craftsy course I bought) as I had wanted to tackle steel boning for a long time. I learned such a lot from this and then went on to Susan Khalje’s Couture Dress, another great course. They both have very different styles, but I enjoyed learning new techniques from both of the ladies.
Like you, its lovely to watch others sewing and it’s a great way of knowing if you are doing things correctly yourself.
Thanks for the link I will take a look.
August 5, 2013 at 1:26 pm
Oh well done. Fabulous happy jacket!
August 6, 2013 at 8:54 am
Thanks Elle, need a happy fabulous event to wear it to instead of the supermarket
August 5, 2013 at 1:37 pm
I don’t think the jacket looks small. I think it looks styled and fitted.
ps: England was fantastic! We didn’t get to do much because I am still recovering from surgery. But it was indeed the trip of my life!
August 6, 2013 at 8:55 am
Glad to hear you had a wonderful time but it’s nice to have you back here too.
August 6, 2013 at 12:39 pm
I keep trying to post something on my blog to chronicle the trip. We did have a few bumps in the road, but it was a great time overall.
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August 5, 2013 at 2:28 pm
Really nice 😉 looks lovely on you
August 6, 2013 at 8:56 am
Thank you Nikie
August 5, 2013 at 2:59 pm
Love, love, love the fabric! The outfit looks fantastic, young, and stylish. Agree with Mrs. Mole. the pockets are a perfect addition. It just looks great!
August 6, 2013 at 8:58 am
Pockets are just a practical necessity really – thanks Lynda. Do you think a pair of jeans in the same fabric would be too Partridge family?
August 5, 2013 at 10:10 pm
Ruth, Loved your comment: “…just trim and snip well and press endlessly.” Doesn’t that just say it all! Oh you look so pretty in this jacket; I think you made a perfect choice of fabric for the pattern. And it is so flattering — because of the little modifications you made. I learn so much from you; thanks so much!
August 6, 2013 at 8:59 am
Thank you Sandra. I forgot to mention the hammering with a meat tenderiser! I have the most sophisticated sewing tools…..
August 6, 2013 at 12:44 am
That looks like a jacket for me too!! Love the “trim fit” style. And floral denim. And the one-button styling and front pocket details of the pattern. Love it!
August 6, 2013 at 9:00 am
Goes with everything too so that’s a real bonus
August 6, 2013 at 4:16 am
Love the floral jacket and the changes you made to make it more you!
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August 6, 2013 at 12:00 pm
I really prefer how this is shaped on you- it seemed so boxy in the model pic. Faux flaps? Really? Are we junkie fabric saving retail now?
August 9, 2013 at 9:31 am
I need waist definition – one very important thing I’ve learned from sewing
August 6, 2013 at 12:47 pm
Very cool. I made the top of this pattern that you mention – it’s a winner. I like the idea of cutting this jacket on the bias, didn’t know this was the case and it has definitky gotten be more interested. I’d love to see your changes for the sway back too, as I’d have to do the same…
August 9, 2013 at 9:34 am
Thanks Eve. I must get round to making the top soon before summer ends. Sway back adjustment is just taking in the back seam at an acute angle at the waist area and tapering out again to the hem – press well! Sew your seam and then make a dart in it
August 6, 2013 at 2:45 pm
I also bought this pattern specifically for the halter, which I also have not made…..I was so surprised your jacket was from that same pattern. I LOVE your version — super flattering!
August 9, 2013 at 9:35 am
Thanks Angela, always glad to hear from someone whose intentions are as good as mine
August 7, 2013 at 7:59 am
lovely bright jacket ideal for brightening up a plain skirt, dress or trouser
August 9, 2013 at 9:35 am
Yes Pauline, I should get lots of wear from it. Thanks
August 7, 2013 at 11:59 am
Great looking jacket. I did not pay much attention to this pattern as I found the plaid suit overwhelming. Now focusing on it, the pattern reallyy has some nice pieces to it.
August 9, 2013 at 9:30 am
Why did Vogue choose such an strange fabric to showcase this? It’s enough to put you off
August 8, 2013 at 4:09 pm
I would never thought to use printed denim for a jacket like that but it looks wonderful. It will make you feel summery well into the autumn. How do you find myfabrics.co.uk as a supplier? I keep looking at on-line fabric shops but can’t decide whether to shop or not.
August 9, 2013 at 9:38 am
myfabrics are great. I’ve never had a problem with them, unlike some other UK fabric stores who charge an arm and leg for delivery to Northern Ireland even though it is in UK! Fabric is delivered within 7 -10 days, often sooner. Check out their discount section, most of my purchases are from there. I recently bought pure wool coating for £4/m, discounted from £20 – my winter project! Start with a small purchase to test them out first.
August 10, 2013 at 7:23 pm
A beautiful jacket, Ruth! I love it! And I bet it makes you smile when you wear it.
August 15, 2013 at 9:46 am
I love your jacket, the flowery fabric is beautiful. Definitely worth adding the pockets too, why did they design it with just the flaps??
September 10, 2013 at 8:27 am
What a superb garment! I would not have looked twice at this pattern because of the colour of the fabric on the envelope!
September 10, 2013 at 1:03 pm
Very cool and very nice job. I think I overlooked that pattern because of the wild plaid and didn’t look at the details. I don’t like wrap skirts either. But this is a very nice jacket and I would never have thought about cutting it on the bias! I love the bright floral print too!https://corecouture.wordpress.com/2013/08/05/flower-power/#comment-form-load-service:Facebook
September 18, 2013 at 5:02 pm
Great looking jacket! You look fabulous in your on trend jacket.
October 19, 2013 at 9:44 pm
Absolutely love this jacket. I mean love. https://www.facebook.com/SassySewingBees
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