Added Dec 4, 2011
This jacket is currently in a brown paper parcel being mailed across Canada from Halifax to Vancouver Island as a Christmas present for my Mom. The verdict is still out regarding whether or not it will fit her – I sure hope so and can’t wait to see pictures of her wearing it. When I saw this jacket in the 9/2011 issue of Burda Style, I saw my Mom wearing it and just HAD to make it for her. I’ve made a misshapen skirt for her in the past and a baggy housecoat for my sister, but otherwise, I’ve had little experience sewing for someone else. Everything I’ve made (especially my “Country Jacket”) seems to end up fitting me, whether it is meant to or not. This jacket, I’m proud to say, fits me terribly and thus I had to photograph it on a hanger. It is made of a lovely grey wool, the sort which I always find myself buying, as well as a stiff velvet-lookalike, and gorgeous sapphire floral lining. The pattern was so simple to follow, despite how many pieces were involved and how brief the instructions were. Even though few words were used, every phrase was clear and succinct. I love how the seams are sewn facing to the outside, but was scared to sew my version of the jacket in this manner fearing that it would simply look inside-out. I think the fact that the shoulder seems are sewn in the normal manner saves the jacket from looking strange and I like how the seam allowances really emphasizes the curves and fit of the jacket.
Thick grey wool, some sort of polyester floral fabric (which I find always cuts the wind nicely when used as jacket lining!), stiff material with a bit of a nap but more body then velvet, buttons. I bought interfacing for the velvet but ended up cutting it all off as the velvet was a bit too stiff for the facings.
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