Inspite of some horrible weather here this is turning out to be a great weekend for me. First of all, Helena from Gray Day Patterns was kind enough to feature me in her Sew it Chic in a Week Series this week! Exciting, ey?!
And also, and more to the point of this blog post, I have won a major victory over my stash! I made two garments, each including an outer shell and a lining from four long-time stash residents! So it’s Chris 4 – Stash 0 this weekend. That’s what I call success!
Along to help me in this epic win was this bomber jacket pattern Burdastyle 2/2013 # 125:
I made this in my usual size 40 with two alterations: I added 8cm to the sleeves and 10cm to the bodice, thus making it from 3/4 sleeves to full length and from waist to hip length.
Lengthening it by quite so much was probably a bit too much, especially since I didn’t add and width to the waistband and it is really quite tight around the hips when worn zipped up. But the waistband is stretchy, so it isn’t a real issue.
This is my second attempt at a bomber jacket after the rather epic fail of the first attempt.
I tried to take to heart what I had learned from the first time round:
- set in rather than raglan sleeves
- neckline lower
- whole jacket longer
- thin, drapey fabric
As a consequence I’m much happier with this version. It is made from a cotton batiste that I bought on impulse two years ago and never really knew what to do with. The instructions call for an unlined version with a facing, but I thought this is nonsense and lined the jacket with a very fine cotton voile that had hidden away in deep stash.
Lining the jacket makes the inside look as tidy as the outside and really pleases my inner sewing nerd. Also, it hardly takes more time than sewing the facing, as there are no darts, and the set in sleeves are loose enough not to require complicated pinning. The hardest bit was shortening the metall zipper, which was accomplished with the help of my husband’s pliers and a varied array of swear words.
Jacket 2 is what actually started the whole idea. I had bought some yellow lace (on impulse, of course, someone was having a sale – story of my life!) two years ago. Of course, yellow really isn’t my colour at all and I have never felt girly enough to wear lace and not feel in costume, so it went to the stash. Then I tasked myself that this spring would be the time when the yellow lace went, so I came up with this idea:
It’s the same jacket as above with the same alterations, but this time in lace with a navy cotton underlining. Combining the lace with the darker lining and a masculine cut takes away the sweetness that seemed to jar a little with my more matter of fact world view.
Although I say it myself, this looks better in real life than in the pictures!
And look, I can even take it off!
Allright, no further…
Of course your eagle eye will have spotted the problem with the lining here! I chose to construct two separate jackets but then to use them as one layer when adding the ribbing, zipper and neckline. This means that you can see some of the yellow lace peeking through on the wrong side.
So my inner sewing nerd isn’t happy with that and I will probably add some sort of seam tape to cover the zipper tape and neckline seam. But my stash was depleted of tape on a Saturday night and I could not wait to finish this. More shopping is required, I’m sure you’ll agree 😉 !
Otherwise I tried to finish this as well as I could, given it was my first time working with lace. All seams are French, on both the shell and the lining. On the shell I also sewed down the completed seam, thus making it a flat felled French seam. Who would have thought?!
So for now I’m pretty happy with how this project has gone. Both jackets are meant to be worn as tops rather than jackets – they don’t really add any warmth at all. They will be included in my Me Made May wearability drive, so hopefully I’ll take note if these work for me in the real world.