I’ve been holding on to this jacket for about a month now, waiting for the new owner to come and collect! And the fabric’s been hanging around even longer! If you’ve been following for a while, you’d have seen I started a Work in Progress Wednesday post, and the inner workings of this jacket were the very first of those! Now you get to see the finished article, worn by Daughter No 1. The pattern used is Moto Jacket 105 from September 2017.
I am so glad that I used a different fabric on the inside of the cuffs, waistband, ollar and for the facings. Daughter No 1 likes to wear the jacket with the cuffs rolled up once, so you get to see the black fabric. It has a line of sparkle through it so it’s a little something different. I also love the silver zippers and snaps, they work brilliantly with the colours of the fabric. The lining is blue herringbone viscose, left over from a coat I made for myself around 10 years ago, I was really chuffed that there was enough to be able to use.
Daughter No 1 loves this jacket, it can be smart or casual, dressing an outfit up or down. I love using fabrics and patterns in this way. Here it’s worn with a boat neck Lark Tee and a pair of jeans, and it looks great! She wore this jacket with a white tee, black jeans and trainers to the Stitching Show last week, and the outfit was perfect. It will also look fabulous with the black crepe Pulmu Skirt I made her last year.
I realise that all of the posts in the last few years have been completed projects. I used to photograph as I sewed, I even posted as I worked, with the finished project at the end, nicely modelled on the daughter for whom it was made. So I thought, I might start that again! I’ve been working on a jacket for daughter no 1 using a 1m length of Linton Tweed. I like mixing things up a little, so I suggested we make a biker style jacket with the fabric, rather than something more predictable. That got the thumbs up!
I’m using the same Burda pattern as I did last year when I worked on the Refashioners project. This time, however, I’m not changing the pattern, because I don’t have to! 😀 So how far have I got? Well, I’m almost done… I cut and interfaced yesterday, block fusing so if there was any shrinkage it wouldn’t affect the pieces too much.
Today I did most of the construction, I thought I wouldn’t get as far as I did because I had ordered the zips online from Jaycotts and wasn’t sure when they’d arrive. Luckily, they came today! I used a black piece of wool for contrast and bulk reduction in certain areas, the welt for the pocket, facings, inner cuffs, waistband pieces & inner collar.
I think it’s worked rather well! I needed the bulk reduction, this tweed is chunky! I’m actually using the wrong side here, we decided it was less busy, and more likely to be worn this way around.
This is what it looks like tonight, with just the lining, waistband, cuffs & snaps to go. Now my eyes are tired and it’s time for bed!