While this blog's been a little quiet lately it's not for lack of sewing activity taking place in my sewing room. I've worked on some alterations, a few projects for the June 2014 Sew It All magazine, samples for a taping of Sew It All TV (eek! yes, I taped an episode this pat Oct! I'll share more in a future post), some skirts, some tops, and a project that has been cut out for TWO years! Yep, you read that right. This jacket has been sitting in a box ready to sew for two years.
It's Vogue 1201, a Donna Karan design(now OOP). When I purchased the pattern I didn't realize the jacket was designed for a low-pile faux fur. What?!? Oh, wait, it also said velvet or lightweight tweed. Whew!
A number of years ago, well almost four to be exact) I took advantage of a fabulous sale at Fabric.com and purchased some beautiful designer fabric from a Vera Wang collection. All for the whopping price of $1.99/yard. Yea, I know, a lot of you took advantage of that sale too didn't you?
In that purchase was a beautiful purple wool that I decided would work beautifully for this Vogue jacket. After altering the pattern for a slight FBA, I cut it out, added interfacing and packed it away as the winter season was drawing to a close.
Last year I had good intentions of sewing the jacket, but you know what they say about good intentions, right? Well, maybe that was only my mother that used that saying... Anyway, I pulled the pieces out a few weeks ago and began to sew. The construction of the collar is quite interesting, but I'll save that for the full review.
Photo from my Instagram account (http://instagram.com/sharonsews)
I still love the fabric, but goodness I'm just not sure yet about the jacket. I sewed it to this point and then stopped. At first I thought it was the large collar I disliked, but after adding shoulder pads and fiddling with the fit while wearing it, I have since
realized that the entire shoulder area is too large.
For now I'm letting GiGi (my sewing mannequin) wear it while I decide what to do.
Hopefully she won't still be wearing it two years from now.