I cannot express enough the awesomeness that is Simplicity 2284.
The back isn't this wrinkly. I took these pictures after a long day at work.
I first made this jacket back in May and wear it often. I don't know how many zipper-front jackets I need, but I wouldn't mind making two or three more!
My favorite part is the sleeve vent. The buttons...I LOOOOOVE the buttons!
I found these a few years ago at an independent craft store that's been around since I was little. The buttons are glass and the same color as the fabric.
I added my usual tailoring techniques: back stay, fully interfaced front and hems, and sleeve heads.
Sewing lining is always a MAJOR pain for me. Slippery fabrics and I just don't bond well and this jacket almost didn't get finished because of said slipperiness.
As I was cutting out the back lining, the fabric must have shifted, and as a result, this happened:
Damn slippery fabric.
There was no way to fudge this either because the sleeve notches were off by more than an inch. I ended up fusing a scrap of lining to the edge of the back and re-cutting this area. Hopefully it will hold up. I *could* have cut a new back lining piece, but since I was pressed for time, I had to improvise.
I added piping between the lining and facing. I like this little detail and can see it being worked into all of my jackets. Maybe I'll try making my own with bias striped fabric. Hmm.
This pattern is definitely a TNT.
So about the sewing bee. Although I didn't make it to the final round, I'm glad I participated and made it as far as I did. September sewing usually takes a huge hit with school starting, so the contest forced me to make time to sew. Here are the garments I made:
Round 1 - fitted blouse
New Look 6407
Round 2 - embellished fabric
Round 3 - lined jacket
(top: Simplicity 2599, skirt: BWOF 1-2015-109)
I like what I made and am sure they will all get lots of wear.
The Round 4 challenge is to create a look for a 2016 Olympic competitor. Ummmmm...yeah. Big fail on my end. Though I think it would be interesting to do the research on how to make something like this, I am not upset to be watching from the sidelines!
Up next? Regular stress-less sewing. I started working on another version of New Look 6407 at the beginning of September and am in the process of cutting out a pair of pants using Vogue 2921 (OOP).
Until next time, peace!