A Black Hole

Well, actually, two black holes, one per sleeve, and many lavender holes.  The lavender fabric is something that I originally purchased for my kids.  I bought a lavender and a purple, thinking that they would want dresses that were a little different, but they both chose the purple.  I made these dresses.  The fabric was super cheap from some place in Philadelphia that I would remember the name of if my brain were working.  Jomar, that’s it.  All in all, I have a fairly cushy life, but having my kids home for summer vacation has sapped all power of thought.  I am thankful that I can escape to my sewing room occasionally.  What was I saying?  Oh, the outfit.  So this lavender fabric did not really appeal to me until I washed it, and the hand is really pleasant.  Sort of rough and dry and hard to describe.  I thought it would be perfect under this jacket that I have been wanting to make for ages, so there you go.

The original plan was to wear it with these trousers, which are the same fabric as the jacket, but somewhere along the line I decided on shorts. I am totally into the short suit thing lately, so this outfit actually ticks three boxes for me: holes, layers and short suits.

The shorts are from Burdastyle 5/10. This is the third time I have made them. I like the wide turn-up. It feels excessive.

The top is from Kwiksew 3652. Have I mentioned here how much I love Kwiksew patterns for knits? They always seem to have just the right amount of ease.

The jacket is based on Burdastyle 2/07 119. The original has long sleeves, and no holes. I shortened the sleeve and added the hole.

I have been having a strange problem with the photos on my blog appearing elongated on some browsers.  apparently, it has to do with the photos that I upload being too large, so I tried uploading smaller photos in this post.  I hope it will help.

Jacket Front

The flower is a souvenir from Paris

Thread loops to hold the flower in place

Silk Charmeuse lining

Back View

Side View



  1. Posted July 2, 2010 at 6:18 pm | Permalink | Reply

    You have rather overwhelmed me. You could have just made a jacket with a buttonhole in the lapel for the darling flower and I would have been happy. Or just the holes in the sleeves. Naturally you styled the outfit in a grand-slam sort of way, with the long sleeved lavendar knit top and the cool tights & shoes. Suffice to say, I like this.

  2. Posted July 2, 2010 at 6:34 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Oh wow! This is really different – in a great way. You really come up with some great stuff. Love the whole outfit.

  3. Posted July 2, 2010 at 6:39 pm | Permalink | Reply

    This is an awesome outfit! I’m loving all the components…but you didn’t tell me how to make the holes in the sleeves! I want to know how to get holey sleeves, too!

    • Posted July 3, 2010 at 5:48 pm | Permalink | Reply

      Thanks! It was fun to make. Naturally, I have no photos, but I will try to describe my process. The original sleeve included in the pattern is a long, two-piece sleeve.
      First, I cut the sleeve pattern piece to the length I wanted.
      Combined the upper and lower sleeve so I have a one-piece sleeve now. I took out a little of the curve, but it did not curve all that much so high on the arm.
      Drew the hole that I wanted on the pattern piece.
      Drew a line from the bottom of the pattern piece to the top, through the hole.
      Cut out the hole shape and along the straight line that I drew. I now had 2 pieces for the sleeve.
      Add seam allowances
      Cut out fashion fabric and lining. I chose a lining that is similar in color to the fashion fabric.
      Cut off a 1/8″ of the lining fabric around the hole to keep the lining from peeking out.
      Sew seam from the hole to the shoulder on both lining and fabric
      Sew lining to fabric around the round hole and along the lower edge, leaving open the straight line from the hole to the hem.
      Trim, clip, flip, press
      Sew underarm seam on sleeve from lining to fashion fabric.
      Sew line from hole to hem through all thicknesses, very carefully matching the ends
      Press seam open and catchstitch seam allowances in place.
      Attach sleeve to jacket as per usual for a lined sleeve.
      Eeek, this is complicated. Fortunately, if you are a reader of my blog, you probably sew pretty well and may be able to follow a bit of my process and figure out the rest.

  4. Posted July 2, 2010 at 7:42 pm | Permalink | Reply

    As usual, another AMAZING outfit. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the sleeves. Beautiful job.

  5. Posted July 2, 2010 at 8:22 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Really beautiful! I don’t always comment, but I love your work. I find myself wanting a shorts suit.

  6. Posted July 2, 2010 at 8:40 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Wow..that is gorgeous..I love how unique it is!!

  7. Posted July 2, 2010 at 8:51 pm | Permalink | Reply

    blink blink, OMG, you look fantastic. Very fun but also stylish and sophisticated outfit.

  8. Posted July 2, 2010 at 8:57 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Love the shorts.They look GREAT on you. In my next life, when I have long legs, I will be able to wear shorts.

  9. Posted July 2, 2010 at 10:29 pm | Permalink | Reply

    I have been wanting to make a dress with holes in the sleeves. I never thought about a jacket! I love it!!!! What a modern twist to a classic jacket!

  10. Jean
    Posted July 3, 2010 at 9:41 am | Permalink | Reply

    Great outfit! I love the shorts suit look as well but unfortunately I’m not tall enough to pull it off. The sleeve detail is unique and really works with the lavender underneath.

  11. Posted July 3, 2010 at 3:05 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Wow! All three of these pieces are fantastic and pulled together you look amazingly stylish.

  12. sewkiwi
    Posted July 5, 2010 at 3:41 am | Permalink | Reply

    I agree with everyone else. Its WOW and I love it I(along with all your work).

  13. Posted July 6, 2010 at 6:18 am | Permalink | Reply

    WOW! I was just hatching a plan for a shorts suit (but with longer legs as my thighs are not my best feature!) when I saw this. I am humbled. But also inspired! You really know how to work a look!

  14. Posted July 6, 2010 at 5:42 pm | Permalink | Reply

    I’ve been attracted to this trend, hole in the sleeves, but the design element used in this jacket is really unexpected, in a good way. You took something that seems it shouldn’t work and made it work really well. I think its the entire outfit that brings everything together.

  15. Posted July 8, 2010 at 12:13 am | Permalink | Reply

    The whole outfit looks fantastic!

  16. Posted July 8, 2010 at 6:57 am | Permalink | Reply

    OMG I’m in awe of your style and creativity. I LOVE this outfit. You look absolutely incredible, unique and creative. I’m sitting here in leggings and a t-shirt and feel so scruffy all of a sudden…

    time to smarten up!

  17. Janis
    Posted July 8, 2010 at 11:08 pm | Permalink | Reply

    I just soooo love your style! I love the holes and the shorts, but the lace top is unexpected and wonderful!

  18. Posted March 23, 2016 at 7:31 pm | Permalink | Reply

    I just discovered your blog, while googling custom printing fabrics. I don’t sew but love fashion and have now spent a couple of hours immersed in your blog. I have to say that I am gobsmacked. Your work is so fantastic – just beautiful. I particularly adore this outfit you made. And I had to let you know.

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