I love, love, love the first version of Simplicity 2701 that I sewed last March. (See blog post here.)
I loved it so much so that I immediately cut out another to sew from a metallic linen purchased from Emma One Sock. And packed it away after realizing I didn't have matching thread or a button that would work.
I mean, what do you choose when your fabric at times appears golden, other times pink, and yet other times burgundy? I ended up choosing burgundy thread as it blended in the best, but finding a button that worked took more time. I thought for sure I had found the perfect button at Treadle Yard Goods, but after bringing it home and placing it on the fabric I wasn't sure so I purchased another button at Joann's.
I ended up using the one from Joann's, which has an interesting design on it, but after seeing the jacket complete it doesn't work. First of all, it's too heavy for the fabric and pulls slightly downward. Secondly, the color is too deep. Up close it works, but from a distance your eye is drawn to the button, which would work if the button was a one-of-a-kind showcase button, but this isn't.
Since the jacket is designed to be unlined, and I wanted it unlined so the linen would act like linen, I once again did a Hong Kong finish on the seams, this time using a pink lining that I had on hand.
Here's the back view. Notice how your eye goes immediately to the dark button. Unless of course you're distracted by the wrinkly characteristic of the linen. Which doesn't bother me - I like it - but I know it drives some people nuts. I will admit, this piece really does wrinkle like crazy.
So here it is. A metallic linen jacket using Simplicity 2701. No collar this time as I didn't have enough fabric. I also choose to add the pleated patch pockets this time just for a slightly different look.
Gotta tell ya. I still love my first one much, much more. I'm just not sure about this one. While I own the perfect pants to pair it with, I don't know if I can actually bring myself to wear it. I feel like it's a mix between a sci-fi movie costume and a flashback to Dynasty duds. I mean, this thing is bright. (Um, duh, it's metallic.)
Maybe I should have chosen to sew a blouse like Linda did, rather than a jacket. I dunno. I'll have to wear it once before I make my final thumbs up or thumbs down determination.
Fabric choices aside, I still think this is one great jacket pattern.