Sorry for not having posted for a couple of weeks – things got CRAZY round here! I moved flat….AGAIN, I’ve been battling with a uni assignment, and finishing at my current work placement, ahhh! BUT, I have also found time to sew! And the first thing on my list was my floral jacket! Whaddya think?
I gotta say I’m pretty chuffed that I made this jacket! But I am in two minds… I mean, it’s a STATEMENT! I feel so odd about it – I totally love it, but I’m scared to wear it! It’s all down to my fabric choice, I’m so unsure about it for so many reasons! Firstly the colours, which I liked to begin with, don’t feel very modern now. It feels quite old. I guess it just doesn’t feel as stylish as the inspiration jacket?
The pattern calls for a ponte knit fabric. Instead I bought a stretch cotton stateen – which I now think might be my favourite fabric! It’s like the best of both worlds – easy sewing with the cotton, and wonderful forgiving stretch. Amazing.
Due to the nature of the collar of this jacket, the fabric is viewed from both sides. So I lined the jacket in the same fabric. It worked a charm
Annoyingly though, as lovely as this fabric was to work with, I just feel that it just looks a bit cheap and tacky. The print was so tricky to work with! It has such an obvious repeat and even with thoughtful pattern placement it was hard to escape. It’s particularly obvious on the back, oops!
I added loads of fake leather accents! I love them, but my husband is less than enamoured with them. But then, when have I ever listen to him? haha. I used leather bias binding on all the edges, on the collar and around the zip. I also added a fake leather strip on the sleeve, I think it adds a bit of a tougher edge – I love how that sits next to the flowers. Hard and soft all in one I’m getting so much use out of that one meter of leather I bought! haha.
There’s actually a lot of hand sewing in this jacket. Maybe that’s why I love it in spite of the fabric – I am proud of the construction. I sewed all the bias binding on by hand, and hand picked the zip too. That gave me a great opportunity to catch up on The Great British Sewing Bee! Are you guys watching it?
I really love the shape of this jacket . It’s awesome zipped up, but what do you think of it unzipped? I don’t love it as much unzipped, but it’s definitely striking! The collar takes on a life of it’s own, it’s soo big!
So, I’m completely confused by this jacket. At the moment I am 100% planning to make another version cos the shape rocks! But I want a version that I can wear more regularly – this jacket is definitely a ‘special occasion’ jacket. I’m kinda thinking about a Chanel style fabric?? With leather trim…. obviously. What can I say? I’m obsessed!