Added Apr 29, 2011
I’ve been wanting to make a cute, empire-waisted coat for a LONG time. Finally, everything came together. I drafted my own pattern using the “Fitted Jacket” block from the Built by Wendy Coats & Jackets book (OK, really all that comes from the book is the fitted portion of the upper bodice. Everything else I made up myself). I made the whole thing as part of the Pattern, Scissors, Cloth Ready to Wear Tailoring Sewalong which has been running most of this month. Sherry took us through drafting lining and facings (and under-collar) pieces properly, and everything you need to construct a fully lined, tailored jacket. Fun! And so, so helpful.
The full saga is documented in detail (with lots more pictures!) on my blog
The shell fabric is a mystery synthetic from the thrift store; it’s got a coarse, plain weave and ravels like crazy. The lining is Kasha, a sturdy, flannel-backed satin. I added blue satin piping along the facing for a flash of colour.
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