Back in September I attended my first proper meet up – Sewbrum. I had an amazing day and met some fabulous ladies. Sitting down for lunch outside a pub with lots of women I’d never met felt really strange, but it was stranger that in no time at all I felt like I’d know them all ages.
One lovely lady I got talking to was Lucy from Sew Essential. and not long after returning home she got in touch and asked if she could sponsor a post on my blog. Could she!! I was really excited, and it took ages for me to decide what to make. I came up with a few ideas – I wanted to make a casual style jacket but in a dressy up style fabric. I found Gertie’s close fitting button down jacket and thought it would be perfect for me as I’m short waisted and not very tall.
Lucy suggested their faux silk dupion. I was sold!! It came it quite a few colours. As I wanted my new jacket to be quite versatile and go with anything so I chose the gun metal grey. The pattern in my size called for 2.2m if 115cm wide and 1.8m for 150cm wide. They sent me 2m as this fabric measures 138cm across.
The jacket was only partially lined and as I’m trying to be in a bit of a stash bust phase I decided to find something in my stash to line it with.
This all happened in the run up to my birthday. And if you remember I was looking into investing in a cover stitch machine as my hubby had generously offered to buy me one as we’d had to cancel my birthday weekend away. Well, to cut a long story short, after a lot of research and a very informative chat with Angela (Lucy’s MIL) I only went a bought an Babylock Ovation from Sewessential! So then it was really hard to get started on the jacket as I only wanted to sew with jersey fabric and try out my new toy on everything and anything stretchy.
I even tried to use it in the top stitching of the jacket….
I think you’ll agree that that was a bad move! Luckily it didn’t leave any permanent marks on the fabric when I unpicked it.
The jacket was relatively straight forward. I made a muslin which I’d definitley recommend as not only do you get the fit right, it’s also a chance to practice piecing together the back. The only adjustments I needed to make was to shorten the arm length by 1 inch and do a 1 inch big bicep adjustment.
It went together really easily. My only hiccup was when I got a bit carried away with the heat setting when applying the interfacing. I had a practice with some spare fabric and it seemed ok, but when I came to interface the front mid sections the fabric shrunk! Not a lot but as the centre fronts of the jacket have built in facings and aren’t separate it distorted the fabric slightly. It didn’t cause any problems sewing it as the faced parts were folded to the inside and the slight distortion isn’t noticeable, but it’s worth bearing in mind when using this fabric. I measure the interfaced cuffs against the pattern pieces and needs to reduce my seams allowance by 1/8 inch.
So anyway, you don’t want to read about all the nitty gritty, I’ll do that in a separate post, including how I lined the sleeves – only the body is supposed to be lined.
I was so pleased and so giddy when I finished it I couldn’t wait until the next day for a photo shoot to here it is with my PJs straight after the last button was sewn on!
It’s first proper outing was last night. I went to a black tie do and wore it with my Holly Jumpsuit that I made back in October.
I was really hoping to have a proper little photo shoot at the event but as anyone here in the UK knows we had horrendous rain yesterday. I was stuck at a road traffic accident at work and was an hour late off which meant everything was a big rush, and everyone was being seated as we arrived so we didn’t get chance 😦
Tonight it’s had it’s second outing. With jeans and a new self drafted top and it looked just as good casual as it did dressed up with heals and a jumpsuit.
As it’s a bit tricky so get good pics inside with a hubby that does’t quite grasp what a great blog photo is, and with me feeling all awkward (much easier with big camera and timer) I popped my new jacket on Gertrude and took some ‘proper’ photos.
And what about the buttons?? Those on IG will have seen these already. I just can’t believe how well they go. They’re from the swap table at Sewbrum – so a HUGE thankyou to whoever brought them to swap!
For the inside of the jacket I decided to go a bit quirky……
Here’s a close up in case you want to have a read of the lining!
How pleased am I with my new make??!! It’s just got to be one of the best things I’ve made, I just love how it all worked out perfectly. The fabric was a dream to work with (except with my too hot iron!), and it looks very silk like. I pre washed it, it didn’t shrink, and it doesn’t crease.
I think I’ll be building my ‘going out wardrobe’ around this jacket as I really don’t want to take it off!