Do you mind playing catch…as in catch up …with me? I have lots of makes that have yet to be blogged and it’s about time I get to it. Today I’ll show you two jackets…same pattern.
There are times that I just want the fabric to be the star and sometimes it’s the pattern. In this case, I think that it’s both.
In the case of these two jackets, the fabric came first…it was one of those “snap purchases”. Who am I kidding? For me, the fabric almost always comes first. One touch and I snap it up. My first one feels like cotton with some other unknown fibers weaved in. I am always a fan of a blue/white combo and the irregular stripe pattern makes it perfection!
I used McCalls 7730 (view C). I have made this pattern twice now and love it as a statement piece. The sleeves are everything! That being said…be aware of the measurement of the bicep. I have a rather small bicep, so much so that I find many patterns to be too big in this area for me. BUT not this one. The bicep of this sleeve is very fitted on me…it’s fine but there’s not a lot of room.
I loved the selvage edge of the fabric so much that I decided to use it as a design feature on the front edge of the open front of my jacket. I love the look!
The blue and white jacket is perfect for spring/summer and my other version of this McCalls pattern was made for fall/winter. I had the quilted faux leather remnant in my stash and fortunately had enough for the sleeves. Why not make an already statement sleeve even more of a statement with a fabulous fabric!?
The faux leather is stiffer so of course makes the sleeves really bell out. It’s a lot of sleeve but I love it.
Because this jacket is an open front, it is really only good for milder days but I did line it with a satin flannel lining for a little added warmth.
Both of these jackets get worn a lot. Telling me that more should be made. The pattern only takes 2.3 m of fabric for me so I have plenty of other options in my stash for more of this one!
I don’t really want my blog to be a place where I bring up the current Covid19 crisis all the time but I also don’t want to completely ignore it either….so I ask… How are you coping? Are you sewing lots or are you like me and finding yourself in a bit of a rut? I’ve sewn some masks but found it very hard on my mental health and so I am taking a break. I hope you are giving yourself an break, sewing what keeps you happy…or not at all. That’s fine too.
Hi love your jackets! I’ve got similar fabric for a blue and white jacket – just wondering if you used any interlining at all?
Hi Donna. Thanks! My fabric didn’t need an interlining because it was stable enough but I did line the jacket. I think I may have forgotten to mention that in the post.
Glad to see you back. Looking forward to seeing what else you have made.
Hanging in here and sewing as usual.
Thanks Lois! Glad to hear that you are sewing as usual!!
Beautiful! These are fun statement pieces! And it’s fun to read a blog post *not* about COVID and just feel “normal”! Always love reading your blog.
I’m not up for sewing masks so I’m doing something more relaxing and drawing cards that I can send to some friends (both younger and more elderly) who could use a pick me up 🙂
Thank you Margaret! I love your idea for sending cards! That is so sweet.
So good to see you back in the sewing world! You have been such a massive inspiration for me and I truly missed seeing your makes. Congratulations on becoming a grandma and I hope you and your family are safe and healthy. Sending you lots of hugs and kisses from Sri Lanka! Love, Ludmila.