Thursday, August 8, 2013

Her Jacket And Her Jacket

Caroline works full time and lives in a busy household that includes two small grandsons. There isn't a lot of time for sewing. She brought one project, a jacket that she'd cut out months ago and never seemed to get around to finishing. Only she finished it. In two days. And now we "need" to go shopping for more fabric and another project. Oh... that's just terrible - VBG ! ! !




The pattern is Vogue 8910 which is cut entirely on the bias including the lining. We wondered how that was going to work out but it was fine in this brocade-like fabric. It has a lot of body. I'm not sure about a fabric with a much softer hand.




There was a bit of fine tuning with the length and a lot of fiddling with the pleat at the collar but all in all, it's wonderful and very flattering on.




My denim version of Vogue 8767 is also finished although I didn't do the final step - sewing on a closure. I'd tried the jacket on numerous times and wasn't feeling the love. Caroline, on the other hand...




... tried it on and loved it. Since it seemed to suit her far more than it did me, I told she could have it but had to do the final step.  So... in the past two days we've sewn her jacket and her jacket. Too funny.




This was the second of three peplum garments that I've given away this year. The other one hangs in the closet and gets worn about once a month. Years ago - the last time peplums were in style - I wore them all the time but apparently they're not my thing anymore. They tend to make me feel little girl-ish. Three tries is enough. I won't be sewing those anymore.

If I were to make the jacket again, I'd eliminate the pleats at the shoulder and probably use the original pattern front. With the existing gathers, I don't think I needed a full bust adjustment. I might consider changing the shape of the neckline too but... otherwise... it's only okay. Not my favourite.




I've moved on to Vogue 1333. The pattern envelope calls for knit fabrics only which doesn't seem necessary. The waist is elastic with instructions to cut the elastic four inches shorter than today's waist measurement plus there is ten inches of ease at the hip level. Both provide plenty of space to move around in so I'm planning to use a woven that is both crisp and has drape - LOL - if I can find such a piece in my stash and from a natural fibre.




See. I told you she'd look. Good thing I cleaned that drawer. I've sewn two of the patterns I pulled out so far and the results are 50/50. One out of two is not bad. Not keeping the jacket, LOVE the pants, and apparently I need to explore French styles in more detail. That's not something I've ever thought about but from the comments it appears I lean in that direction. FUN ! ! !

Talk soon - Myrna

Grateful - fresh fruits and vegetables from the Farmer's Market

19 comments:

  1. I like both jackets so much! I wouldn't have chosen either pattern from the pictures @ the Vogue site, but certainly would from your makes.

    One small quibble: I think both jackets need shoulder pads, tiny ones for the first jacket and slightly larger ones for the second. The second jacket, especially, would have had pads originally. You can update the look by using smaller ones than would have been used, but the sleeve head calls for a more level shoulder.

    Love your blog! Thanks for sharing your talent and creativity!

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    1. I think that's one of the great benefits about the Internet - seeing what other people sew from patterns you wouldn't have considered and realizing their potential. It's taught me to pay more attention to the line drawings.

      The first one does call for shoulder pads. Surprisingly the vintage one does not. I think it need a sleeve head at least to give those pleats more support. Caroline feels she's broad so she tends to avoid those kinds of things.

      Thanks for the encouragement. It's much appreciated.

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  2. I've sewn up a KwikSew blouse pattern in the past year or two, that looks suspiciously like the Vogue peplum jacket in this post. It's meant for softer fabrics ... I dimly recall that it has a dart or two, instead of pleats. Let me dredge through my massive stack of blouse patterns to suss out the number for you.

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    1. The jacket pattern called for silk crepe, satin, lightweight woolens, or linen so it's definitely inclined toward softer fabrics. I used my lightest denim for the natural fibre factor. I do think it would work well in a knit.

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    2. Found it! KwikSew 3479. The bodice front side panels fit much more closely into the curve of the peplum than does the Vogue, and there's a side dart. Back had a center seam. Peplum front extends into center front bands, peplum back is one piece from side to side. One view has long sleeves, one has short full sleeves gathered at sleeve head and at hem w/elastic (too juvenile for me!) One view has a low vee neck with a flounced collar, one has a high round neck with no collar. My trial fabric was far too stiff, and I needed to extend the torso by about 3 inches, so my finished garment went straight to charity. I'll try it again in something with a very soft hand, maybe, sometime this century, if I feel like it. I'll happily gift it to you if you'd like to compare it with the Vogue.

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    3. Thanks for looking for it. Very pretty. I thought I had a jacket pattern along these lines but if I did, I don't any more. LOL - occasionally I de-stash something I may have wanted. I'd like to try an idea like this with a softer, peplum-ish front and perhaps just a plain back at some point in the future. Thanks for the offer and I'm going to pass. I'm not ready to try another peplum any time soon.

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  3. Too funny! I glanced at the photos and thought, Ooh! That jacket looks fab on her!
    Then read the post....and realized that it's not you. Oops!

    I'm thinking about why it looks good on your friend and not so much on you...her shape, while similar, is slightly different than yours. At first, I thought perhaps she was taller than you, but from the back view the peplum seems to end about the same place on her body.

    Now I think it's because your body has a bigger discrepancy between upper torso circumference and hip circumference, whereas your friend's body is more straight up and down. And her body is a little less busty.
    My body is shaped much the same as yours....smaller shoulders, bigger hips proportionally, larger bust. That particular peplum style/length looks ok from the front on me, but from the back makes me look bottom heavy. Not what I was striving for. :-)

    I've been meaning to tell you for a while....I love your detail photography....that detail photo of the jacket is awesome!

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    1. Now this is a really interesting observation on many points because it shows how pictures don't tell the whole story. Our shapes are not at all similar. Caroline is an inverted triangle and I am definitely a triangle. She carries her weight in the upper body and I carry mine in the lower. Her bust is a cup size larger than mine and she wears one size larger top. My waist is significantly smaller. My hips are MUCH larger. Her pant size is four size smaller. She's also 2" taller.

      I'm glad the detailed photos help. It's something I would like to get better at - especially the pictures of me. I'd like to be more comfortable being photographed and to have a bit more artsyness to some of the images. In time. Maybe.

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  4. I can't wait to see what you do with the V1333 skirt! I think you'll really love this one. I made one back in April and used a woven fabric without any problem. This pattern has been on my mind the last several weeks. I've always wanted to make it again and recently I came across a fabric in the collection that I think would work well. I just not sure I have enough of the fabric--this pattern is rather a fabric hog. But so fun to sew and wear!

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    1. I'd love to see a picture of your skirt. Do you have one you could email to me - myrna at myrnagiesbrecht dot com. It is a fabric hog. HUGE pieces. Should be fun though.

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  5. Too bad about the jacket. I'm not a fan of peplums on me either. Too.....frilly? somehow. Not my thing anyway. I don't actually own that many jacket/blazer type things (I'm scarred from the 80's oversized period ;)) but the ones I do wear are smaller/fitted with the bottom hitting me at the high hip. A friend is going to England for two weeks and I (well WE) will be dog-sitting her quite challenging puppy. But I'm promised some fabric in return. I'm thinking boucle as I'd really like a Chanel type jacket. The "feels like a cardigan" which is what I do wear a lot of is appealing to me. I'm currently reading up - the Threads articles on "Shortcuts to a Designer Jacket" are the way I think I"ll go. I just don't think I have all the handwork the traditional method calls for. Maybe when I retire ;)VBG
    The skirt pattern looks awesome. I agree with you (and MarcyF) that a knit isn't necessary. Have fun shopping for more fabric and patterns!

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    1. I can see you in softer, cardigan like, jackets. You're much too tiny for the fitted tailored look and I don't think it suits your personality. The boucle would be fabulous. The article sounds interesting. What issue is that?

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    2. I agree about the jackets - tailored jackets often overwhelm me and I love (LOVE) a cardigan. So the article (and method I think I'll use) is from Threads #128, Jan. 2007; Shortcuts to a Designer Jacket. You still do the quilting etc. that's part of a Chanel jacket, but most of the seams are sewn by machine (and enclosed in the lining, rather than sewn and finished by hand.

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  6. "Your" jacket looks great on its new owner-- and I thin the skirt will really suit you. btw, I remember that Carolyn of Handmade by Carolyn had a post on what she'd learned about taking self photos. Elle

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    1. Caroline says thanks. I think the skirt will be great too. I remember Carolyn's article. I need to be more comfortable in front of a camera. I'm quite self conscious. The pictures you see are a stretch already - LOL - never mind taking ones with an audience. I'm in awe of these women who are photographed on a downtown street. Not me so far.

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  7. Myrna--I'm not at my home computer right now to e-mail you a photo of my skirt (I can do so later if you wish), but I did blog about it back in April and the entry is located at http://sewforthandconquer.blogspot.com/2013/04/vogue-1333-sandra-betzina-skirt.html

    They are just dressform shots (and a little blurry now that I look at them again) because I haven't yet braved the personal photo shoot to put myself out there yet. Your discussion regarding getting comfortable with photo shoots and being self conscious on camera resounds with me!

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    1. I checked the link. Thank you. What gorgeous fabric you used. I didn't read all of the text, just enough to know it wasn't your usual choice. I hope that you're enjoying wearing the skirt. I just finished cutting it out. I chose a linen-ish fabric. It was marked unknown fabrics but feels (and smells) like a cotton or cotton linen blend. Should be crisp but still drape.

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  8. Great jacket - looks fabulous on your friend. Love the closure on it.

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