Added Jan 1, 2011
I’ve had this gorgeous Harris Tweed in my stash for a number of years and knew I wanted to make a coat with it. It wasn’t until I came across the Vintage Vogue 2934 pattern from ca 1950 that I knew what I wanted to make with it. Although I like the current fashion for capes I find them really impractical (I have a fabulous vintage one which I never wear for that reason). This jacket echoes the shape of a cape but it’s got sleeves!
It is a very heavy tweed which only lends itself to outerwear – it’s quite stiff and a little prickly as well. It’s a very warm jacket as a result.
I lined it with some pink satin backed dupion. I decided to have a blind closing on the jacket instead of a self-covered button or frogs as suggested, because I like the uninterrupted line of the jacket as it is. I might pin a brooch to the front where the button would go to vary the look.
The jacket is quite short in length – the front only sits about an inch below the natural waist, while the back is longer. This makes the sleeves look quite long. I also like my sleeves a little longer than prescribed because I will wear this jacket while cycling – it’s perfect for that.
As for making this project – the instructions were very clear. For a next jacket I will cut a more generous seam allowance for the lining. A bit of hand stitching is involved – the lining is sewn in by hand, which takes time. The envelope stated moins facile/average – I’d agree with that, this is a good project for an intermediate sewer.
Harris Tweed, approx. 2m. Interfacing, 60cm. Lining, approx. 1m50. stud closing, thread.
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