The most mahvelous jacket I had seen in quite a while! To make it even more fantabulous, the pattern was included in the magazine!! Heavens to Betsy! How quickly can I make my way to the checkout counter to make this mag my very own! This happened in the late summer. I had designs on having this made for my birthday (November). As I read every word about this wonderfully fabulous creature, they suggested Ponte Knit, Nappa Lamb Stretch Leather for the sleeves and trim and a 20 inch two-way separating zipper. Sounds easy enough and I like the look. Well, once would have thought they said, the rarest cashmere, silk and a zipper made from diamonds! That's because I looked for weeks for the right weight Ponte. I'm sure I went to Hancock's and JoAnns every weekend for two months. They would have Ponte, but not the correct weight. I looked at the store for EVER for a "two way separating 20 or 22 inch zipper. No luck. And the leather!! OMG, Stretch Nappa Leather aint cheap. I tried several times to go with the imitation, but I didn't like how any of it looked. SO, finally, I found the Ponte, (just happened to be in Hancock's one day and they had it! GLORY!!, then I gave in and ordered the leather from New York Fashion Center Fabrics (I spent a lot of time with that piece in my shopping cart!) and after someone complimented my birthday coat and responded about my dire need for buttons, did I find the right zipper.
Here is what you should know about me; I'm cheap! Cheap is what started me sewing when I was 10 years old. My mother had no interest in buying me a lot of clothes. But I loved clothes and wanted more and more. Since I had no money, sewing made sense. Back then, of course, I could get a lot more fabric for my money. But, my baseline has continued to be, can this be made for less than buying it? Of course, that has changed with time. I do understand and appreciate quality, so I don't live in the bargain section of the fabric store (although I visit often). But I still want and need to find a deal whenever possible. However this jacket was so outstanding to me, that I decided I had to be a big girl and go for it.
So, with all my stuff finally in my possession, I decided to go in. I almost never make a muslin for me when sewing, but I needed this to be right, so I decided I needed a practice dummy first. And so, I made this Friday evening.
And the love I felt when I zipped this puppy up was greater than my Oliva Pope Coat a couple weeks ago. I knew even from the muslin that this thing was going to be something fantabulous! I really didn't want to go to bed, but it was after midnight and I had something to do Saturday morning. So, I stopped and went to sleepy land to dream of my new hot accessory!
When I could get back to the work, I felt the jacket was just a bit snug. SO, I decided that a half inch adjustment would/should be sufficient. I decided that I would just recut the front and back side front sections to included the additional space. Now, I'm ready to rock and roll. Now here comes the typical, "this only happens to me" moments. First, sewing the muslin was much easier than sewing the fashion fabric. But I muddled through.
I absolutely LOVE the final product! It's a little sexy, but I think appropriate enough to wear to work as well. I'm actually wearing it today. LOL. It got such a reaction at work that I delayed staff meeting with acknowledgments from co-workers! In spite of how lovely I think this jacket it, I have to offer an apology for these photos. My daughter HATES taking photos for me and has no regard for the background. Little did I know the neighbors car and the construction work the utility company performed would be prominently displayed! But, I was so in love with this jacket that I didn't even think to select a different location.
The skirt is also out of the same Ponte knit. This is one I made several months ago and was SO thrilled when I realized the jacket fabric was the same as my skirt that I love as well! This was further confirmation that this would be a great wardrobe builder.
|Not factory level perfection but I'm happy!|