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