Thank you one & all for your wonderful comments to my last post flapping about in the sea dressed in my frilly sundress, it’s wonderful to get feedback & hear from anyone interested enough to read my blog! Later this week, mark my words, I have a giveaway planned …
But onto today. In last post’s comments there was resounding support for me to make the Vintage Vogue 1695 “Easy to Make” jacket.
It is lined, and looks beautifully shaped , but note it says on the front “Easy to Make“- see that means it should be OK for a jacket novice like myself. I’m making it out of this red striped cotton, as a sort of summery jacket that hopefully gets used in Spring & early Autumn. Being red it should coordinate with my blue, red & purple tendencies.
The fabric came from Goldhawk Road during the notorious Fabric Fandango organised by Karen. It’s a mid weight cotton with that lovely woven stripe. It’s got a bit of give in it too. I’m lining it in deep emerald green cotton, & am adding plain red piping to the collar & maybe the pockets. Will I look a tad “Henley”? That is the danger I suppose. Button choice is critical!
Having committed myself to making this before the Rooibos sewalong gets underway, I had only managed to read the instructions (several times), nothing else this last week. But horror of horrors! My eyes did not need to travel very far down the first page, first column to find my first challenge (step 5)
“Make Bound Buttonholes in right FRONT between squares”. Yeah, just like that. I will just make three bound buttonholes. Easy. OK. So that is going to be one challenge, out will come Vogue Sewing & more time researching on the internet for tips. This jacket though also involves underlining (never done before), lining & piping. Ye gods. How long will it take?
Now you will understand why the idea of making a muslin did not appear at all attractive. “Do I have to ?” I whined to myself? “No” my calm motherly inner being said, you shall try tissue fitting. So I looked it up & found Gertie’s videos on YouTube & watched them while I cut out my paper pattern pieces. It seemed to be successful, I checked out shoulder placement, armholes, dart placement & general look (as much as you can wearing fragile brown tissue). I’m just making a sway back adjustment, but going with the pattern as it is apart from that.
I also had to read up on underlining – did I really need it? There was a really helpful article on Threads that helped me decide to go for it: it’ll add a bit more weight to my red stripe, but by choosing to use a lightweight polycotton it should still stay light weight. Plus, I should embrace the learning.
So last night I spent ?how long? Um, 3 hours (listening on the iPlayer radio to some detective stories) cutting out lining, cutting underlining then cutting the stripes. I have tried to match the stripes in the shoulder seams – took some brainpower.
So challenges this pattern:
- Matching stripes on shoulder seam
- Bound button holes
- Piping the collar & maybe pockets
- Not looking like a Hooray