Hi, guys! Hope you’re all well and enjoying the end of the season! I’m lamenting summer’s end (well, not really, because I’m still in denial about it! There’s so much summer fun that I haven’t had yet, and so many glorious summer garments that I couldn’t find the time to make!), but my newest garment is taking the edge off of fall’s approach just a bit. In fact, this guy is jumping right to the top of my greatest hits list!
I used this soft, medium-weight twill from Gorgeous Fabrics, and a contrasting cotton sateen with a nice sheen from Mood Fabrics. I fully lined it with silk charmeuse, also from Mood. It’s very easy to swap out the partial lining for a full– just cut a pair of sleeves from your lining fabric and insert them into the lining, then assemble your shell, and insert its sleeves. Attach the lining to the jacket, right sides together, following the pattern directions and leaving the bottom hem on the back unsewn. After you’ve turned it right-side out, push the lining sleeves into the shell sleeves, wrong sides together, and baste them together around the wrist opening before stitching your cuffs on. Then you can finish the pattern as directed. This makes for super clean, sleek insides!
This would be a great first jacket– it’s really straightforward, and the most confusing step, creating the darts and attaching the neckline all at once, is given the photo tutorial treatment in this sewalong post. How fab is that?! It’s almost too easy! The only issue I had was that the front neckline was 1/2″ longer than the back, but that was easily fixed and I suspect that I made a mistake when I traced my pattern.
Can we go back to talking about how much I love this? I’ve never really worn blazers to work, but I wore this yesterday and felt like the top of the pops! I got five or six unsolicited compliments, which warmed the very cockles ‘o’ me heart! I love everything about it– the slouchy but not shapeless fit, the sleeve length, the cuff and collar details. I was a little worried as I was making this that it would be too boxy and rectangular for me, but I made sure to choose a fabric with some drape to keep it from looking stiff and angular.
Someone who shall remain nameless, but lives with me, asked if Wham! was looking for a third member when he saw me in this for the first time, but I think we all know that’s jealousy talking, yeah? (He then backpedaled by saying, “Well, Wham! would still be on the top of the charts if it weren’t for the unfortunate bathroom incident”.) I don’t mind looking slightly New Wave, so here’s me playing a little air keytar:
Except that apparently I’m strumming my air keytar?
Anyway, if you haven’t tried this pattern, hop to it! It’s a perfect piece for the transition from summer to fall, and it only inflames my love for By Hand London. I’m super excited to try out their new Anna dress pattern next!
What about you guys? What are you working on?