The first post in this series is here, so if you want to see the start and one of the other versions I have made, which was a winter plaid wool. I just realized that I forgot to mention I squared off the corners of the lapels on this version, the original pattern has a rounded lapel and collar. I like the square and there will probably be another version next year. I think I need a casual corduroy version, maybe in a wine color?
Here is a better look at the finished jacket, which doesn't look all rumply in real life, well maybe it does because that is how things actually look when worn, right?
This jacket has a dart under the lapel, in fact it has two darts in the front that are a bit unusual, the one under the lapel and the vertical dart that finished in the welt pocket. They give the jacket a really nice shaping and fit, at least for me.
OK maybe this is way too many pictures but after all those construction posts why not?
The lining is a very lightweight cotton that has a slight seersucker texture - kind of perfect. I am sure I bought it at an estate sale or something like that so cost was minimal. Ordinarily I like a slippery lining but not for a summer jacket which I am wearing over a t-shirt or something sleeveless.
Here is the back view, which is very plain, no vent. What is with my dress form? Everything looks terrible from the back. Its shoulders are not my shoulders, that's for sure. Now that I see the pattern photo I remember that I squared off the center front bottom hem as well. Looks crisper with the seersucker I think.
Ok action shot, i.e. buttoning the jacket. Which I will never wear that way.
With one $ 4.00 shell button from Stone Mountain. Also the seersucker is from Stone Mountain, very nice quality.
Seeing these photos I think it does look good with the sleeves pushed up, will have to remember that. Jeez in this picture I look like I am about to reach out and shake your hand. Welcome to Consolidated Amalgamated Business Industries, we are happy to serve you! Blech! Not the casual summertime look I was going for. Slim ankle length pants are called for, like yesterday !
Anyway - if you are interested in seeing how I got here, the first post in this jacket series is here.
The Flickr set is here if you want to see all the photos but I am lazy and never put any captions or details there.
So many other things to show you since I started this jacket series! All kinds of pattern repeats. And lots of fabric sewn from the stack that was threatening to overtake the bed in the guest bedroom (that is where I let all fabric purchases marinate, they are spread out over the bed so I can pop in there and cast an eye for inspiration or desperation).
Happy weekend sewing, Beth
Today's SunnyGal garden photo which is getting perilously close to being the last for a while. We are under drought rules now and supposed to water at a minimum level. So the lawns will go and I will save my water portion for the hydrangeas, roses, tomatoes etc.
Should have put in more drought tolerant things, or so I say every summer. Here is a lovely drought tolerant salvia with some tomatoes peeking out from behind.