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Sometimes I get the urge for a big, meaty tailoring project to sink my teeth into. Then, about halfway through, I always wonder what I was thinking taking on a task like this. Then at the end, it all seems worth it. So it is with this jacket, with which I have fallen madly in love.
Normally I am not one for vintage sewing, but I this pattern lept into my ebay cart before I could stop it. It is fun to see what patterns used to be like. They actually tell you the right way to do things, like including cutting layouts for underlining.
There was a photo in Selvedge magazine a while back of a white garment with red embroidery, which totally stuck in my head. After I started the embroidery on this jacket, I saw that the color combo lends it a bit of a nautical look, which is very au courant.
The fabric is a very heavy linen that I bought in London last year. It may be a home dec fabric. I washed it once, but it still feels stiff, like there may be some residual sizing. Or maybe that is just how the fabric is. Anyway, it was a pleasure to work with. Linen may be supplanting silk as my favorite fabric.
The sleeves on this jacket are one piece, no darts. I’m not at all sure about them, but I will try to reserve judgement until I have worn it a couple of times. Perhaps the short length will make the lack of shaping tolerable.
This is the pattern that I used, bought from eBay.