After my success with K4015 view A, a quilted jacket here I though I would give view B a try.
The back of View B is longer than front, is lined with contrast fabric, has patch pockets, hood with drawstring in casing and snap closures.
The showerproof fabric is called April showers and the lining is Oxford shirting fabric both from Fabworks Online.
I decided cut the back the same length as the front, as I was unsure I would like the back being longer than the front.
I found the buttons in my button tin, I think they were originally off a cardigan, and the large press studs I found in my mums sewing bits which I have inherited. I used the eyelets that came with my Prym pliers and then discovered that cord for the hood was too thick for the eyelets! eBay to the rescue, and a long trainer shoelace was ordered and it worked well.
The reluctant photographer was persuaded to take a few photos.
Just need some warmer weather now so I can wear it!
Kwik Sew 4015 is one of those patterns with terrible photos, you really have to look at the line drawing and look past the front of the envelope and use your imagination.
Jackets have long sleeves. A: Stand-up collar, button closures and purchased bias binding.
Double sided quilted fabric is recommend for this jacket, but I couldn’t find any so I settled for 1 sided cotton quilted fabric from Minevra and added a lining from my stash
I originally cut out a large, but it was far too big, so I unpicked it and cut it down to a medium, I always seem to think I am bigger than I am.
I cut out the lining using the same pattern pieces as the jacket except for the collar which is constructed from two pieces of quilted fabric.
There are pockets in the side seams but they seamed to be too far back to be comfortable, so I added patch pockets to the front and I am so glad I did.
I finished the jacket with ready made bias binding, 15mm anorak press fasteners, instead of buttons I treated myself to a Prym Vario pliers kit, although I had difficulty getting the fasteners into the fabric, I had to enlist my husband to use a bit of brut force.
I am really pleased with the fit and have worn it a lot with jeans, with skirts to work and here with an unblogged Molly dress.
When I read that Simple Sew had released the Amelia Tea Dress pattern, it reminded me with all that happened since the wedding, that I hadn’t blogged about the Amelia dress I made to wear to my son’s wedding , the Amelia dress was a free pattern with Love Sewing way back in issue 28.
After I finished and handed over the wedding dress I only had a couple of weeks to make my own outfit. I started looking around for a suitable dress pattern suitable for small and informal wedding following by a plough man’s picnic in a 16th century Ale House, very much a homemade handcrafted wedding. So a formal two piece and a large hat would be a bit over the top. I wanted a Tea Dress and luckily I had just the pattern.
I made up a muslin with some fabric from my stash and cut out a size 14 straight from the envelope, the fit was pretty good and the only change I made to go down a size on the shoulders and neckline.
Then the question of what fabric to use, well if you follow my blog you will now I love a bit Liberty Tana Lawn, perfect for a Tea Dress. I wanted to wear Navy shoes and the theme of the wedding was books and the colour red.
I searched the internet and found it on e-bay 2.2 meters of Liberty Tana Lawn Kayleigh Sunshine.
The instructions on Simple Sew patterns can be a bit sparse and though I don’t really mind too much I do wish when the seam allowance changes it is mentioned on the instructions and not just on the paper pattern because if you don’t use a 1cm seam allowance at this point the front won’t align with the back of the dress.
As the weather is always unpredictable in this country I made a navy jacket from another Sew Simple pattern and again another free pattern from Love Sewing magazine .
I used 1m of navy triple crepe from Minerva Crafts. This was not my best sewing, the crepe seemed to stretch as I manipulated it, this is an unlined jacket but I always prefer a lined one so I cobbled together a lining at the last minute with lining fabric and bias binding (the binding was part my Stitching Santa gift last year from Corinne who blogs at Applebymakes@wordpress.com –#Stitching Santa thanks Corinne)
I had a yen for a causal summer jacket, something I could wear with jeans or a summer dress
I found this pattern in a book I have, the pattern is downloaded from the books website, all 61 pages of it!
Step 14 caused me some grief but eventually I managed to get it stitched together.
Originally the fabric was purchased to make a shirtdress, its Brushed Cotton from Fabworks Online.
The lining is left over from a yet to be blogged about Edith blouse and the sleeves with left over polyester lining.
The button is from my tin of old vintage buttons !
The only thing I am not happy about is that the lining of the pockets show slightly around the edges.
In other news I was lucky enough to go to a Liberty Remnant sale a couple of weeks ago at Alice Caroline’s Studio, a barn in the hamlet of Conderton on the edge of the Cotswolds, so very close to home.
Slowly working on reducing my pile of wips – the first one to be finished – black and white boucle fabric left over from New Look 6028 jacket
and my much used Butterick 5466 pattern.
Theres not much to say about this make except I was a little worried about the seams being strong enough, as the fabric frays so much, I cut some strips of interfacing to help support the stitching on the seams
Really pleased with the invisible zip.
Now I have a suit!
In other news more patterns have arrived in the post, taking advantage of half price McCalls patterns.
and some vintage mother of pearl buttons for my button tin.
I was really excited to receive an invitation to my Nephew’s wedding, the perfect opportunity to sew a special dress, I don’t wear or sew dresses very often, apart from shirt dresses which I love. After browsing the internet for patterns and fabric for months, I just could not decide on a pattern.
Some contenders were:
I finally made a decision and ordered the fabric and zip, lining and thread with only 2 weeks before the wedding!!
Cotton Poplin in a pale blue blossom print from Ebay and Habotai lining from Minerva. I have never used Habotai before but it gave the dress a lovely luxurious feeling.
Changed my mind, again, and used a completely different pattern, the Classic Empire Line Dress (sleeveless version) from a book called Dressmaking – The complete step-by-step guide by Alison Smith.
The pattern can be downloaded in PDF format from a website address given in the book. There was quite a lot of printing and sticking involved, but as the book only cost £6.99 from The Works, its a bit of a bargain.
I adjusted the pattern with a narrow shoulder adjustment, I have discovered this is something that I always need and made up a toile. The bodice was too tight across the bust but with gaping around the armholes.
After quite a lot of head scratching and trying to void a FBA (full bust adjustment) I bit the bullet and altered the pattern with a 1 inch FBA and eureka it worked, no more armhole gaping.
Looking very creased after wearing to the wedding and long car journey back.
As British summer weather can be very unpredictable, I made a matching jacket, New Look 6028, view with 3/4 sleeves.
And what is really needed here is a picture of me wearing the dress at the wedding, but lots of Pimms, Pink Champagne and generally enjoying the wedding, caused me to forgot all about taking photos of my self!!
But I did mange this to take this photo of my sisters family.
A beautiful wedding, with the reception held in the Brides parents garden.
With the weather warming up, my thoughts are turning to sewing for my spring/summer wardrobe. I wanted to use two fabrics that I bought from John Lewis last autumn, a navy chambray and this cotton lawn which John Lewis have called Blotchy floral……..surely they could have thought of something a little more charming!
The jacket is New Look 6028 and a blatant copy of an ideal by fellow blogger Camilla over at Making and Marking, to turn back the sleeves to reveal the lining.
I decided not to line the sleeves completely with the cotton lawn, mainly because I wanted to keep back enough fabric to make a little shell top.
My son has just given me The Great British Sewing Bee Fashion with Fabric book for a Mothers Day present so I am about to up my feet up and enjoy a good read!
The Little French jacket is not really a French jacket at all, if you have made a French Chanel style jacket or read the many blogs about making one you will know that there is a lot of work involved, many hours, tailoring and quilting not to mention the chain in the bottom. This a much easier option with just a hint of the Chanel style jacket.
I used New Look 6028, this is a very easy jacket to make, the fabric was half price from John Lewis and a nice spotty lining sourced from the internet. The fabric frayed like mad, as I don’t have an overlocker, but I used the overedge foot on my Janome to secure the seam edges.
If you have never made a lined jacket I can recommend this pattern. Its a nice little jacket to wear with jeans or a little back skirt.