March 4, 2010

My Jacket is complete...

My jacket is done, and that completes another suit that I actually started in January. This was the fabric I had to squeeze to make work. I used Lisa's pattern suggestion

and turns out the only thing I had to patch for lack of fabric was the sleeve ruffle. Instead of cutting one continuous cuff pattern piece, I cut two pieces from the fashion fabric. I used a french seam to sew the pieces together because the sleeve cuff is not lined - thus my patch. It turned out pretty nicely.

I also reduced the patterns amount of sleeve ease and the jacket sleeve has no puckering. I can't tell you how happy I am not having to fight with sleeve puckering.

My sewing progress was very slow this week intentionally. I slowly hand stitched the jacket, hem and sleeve lining to ensure that no pic marks occurred. I hate pic marks!

I saw a RTW jacket very similar to this one that I liked a lot so I really think I'll be making this pattern again.

I know that lots of blogger read Threads Magazine. I haven't missed an issue since discovering it in 2007. I love the magazine. My favorite sections of the magazine are: Closures because I enjoy the freelance story of the month. So many of the pieces are so familiar to me. and the back cover (Up Close) because I love devouring the detail work of the vintage pieces. When the Magazine arrives I immediately turn to these two sections and then I read the tips.
I swear I was just talking with Lisa about waistbands prior to reading Thread's tip on them in the latest issue. We discussed the exact same method. It amazed me...I just saying...


  1. Beautiful! I've always shied away from these sorts of jackets, but I'm starting to look at them more favourably. I love the buttons you've used.

  2. Oh I'm so happy that you were able to get such a pretty jacket out of that fabric!

  3. Your jacket looks great. Love the cuffs. The new Threads is out??!! Now I know what I'm picking up on Saturday at the bookstore.

  4. Faye, Your jacket is lovely. I've been a bit shy of making those jackets because I'm not sure how they would look on me but seeing yours has made me re-think!

  5. Linda, I love this jacket! It looks like it will wear fabulously along with the pants. I am so happy you used th ruffle on lthe sleeve and can't wait to see it in person. Oooh the joys of sewing buddies.

  6. I really like this jacket. I keep thinking of making something similar, but I haven't got there yet. The fabric is really great, btw.

  7. The jacket looks good. You've had a string of winners!

  8. What a beautiful jacket! The fabric is lovely, such a beautiful shade that will complement so many outfits. I love those wonderful ruffles on the sleeves, well done with the patching together.

  9. Beautiful jacket and great buttons!

  10. That's a great jacket! The color will be wonderful for springtime, and the shape is very pretty.

  11. That jacket is maybe my favorite, yet!!! I say maybe, because you've made so many fabulous jackets, including that Chanel Jacket on your side bar.

  12. What a great jacket!

  13. Lovely! The cuffs are great!

  14. Hiya Faye . . I made this jacket also .. but I made mine without the pockets, one fabric button on top and about 6 inches longer (my comfort zone) but unfortunately have not finished it . . been hanging in my closet for a good 6 months now .. having a hard time lining the sleeve, for some reason it just isn't fitting right .. but yours is beautiful . . and I do love the style! .. Karol

  15. Yay! I'm so glad you were able to make your jacket and have a suit! It looks great!

  16. Great jacket Faye and now you have a beautiful suit.

  17. Beautiful jacket! And wonderful work.

  18. The jacket looks great. I am glad to hear it turned out well.

  19. Such an adorable jacket! Those big buttons really give it oomph.

  20. It's beautiful. I love the sleeves and the buttons are perfect.

  21. Such a beautiful jacket!

  22. Oh this is a great looking jacket. Hope to to a pic with you wearing it!!

  23. DARLING jacket!!!!! How did I miss this one?

  24. What a great jacket - I'm so glad you were able to make it work out!

    I just signed up for my Threads subscription and I'm pretty excited about it. :)




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