Saturday, July 26, 2008

Lined Jacket Contest

So, one of Patternreview's August contests is the Lined Jacket Contest. I've been looking forward to this one but until last night I wasn't sure what my entry was going to be.

When I bought that foliage-patterned silk in NY on Wednesday, I was hoping against hope that it would work with the green Chanel boucle that I bought on my trip to A Fabric Place in Baltimore. And it did! (Picture me dancing around the workroom last night).

Both the boucle and the silk were small amounts, about 1 1/4 yard and 1 yard, respectively. I had in mind what pattern I wanted to use, but I checked the pattern stash and not only was it still my first choice, it was about the most fabric-economical pattern I could come up with - McCall's 5007. It has several of my favorite jacket qualifications: a nice shape, high cuteness factor, and a good vintage feel. And 19 positive reviews on Patternreview. I'm going to make View A (the lime green one on the illustration), with the patch pockets but without the notches at at the bottom.

According to the pattern, it takes about 1/4 yard more fabric than I have, but I can make it stretch. And actually the front piece is also the facing piece, so if I'm running short on fabric I'll split the inside facing and make it half boucle, half silk. So long as the part of the facing where the buttons are is boucle on both sides, I'm fine.

And speaking of buttons, this is also giving me the opportunity to use the antique metal animal buttons I bought at the flea market in Paris. Every one of them is different, so I think they'll add a nice feel to the front of the jacket. It only requires 4 buttons, so I might use the other 2 on the pockets, or I might save them for something else.

Now all I have to do is wait until August 1st. That's one minute past midnight on Thursday, July 31st, right?


Maryissewfast said...

Gorgeous fabrics and buttons...the pattern is wonderful too...can't wait to see the finished project...the picture will be available August 2nd, right?

Kat said...

Karen, this is one of my fave patterns! Being the creative wonder that you are, I can't wait to see your jacket from this pattern!!!

Carolyn (Diary of a Sewing Fanatic) said...

Oh Karen I'm so glad that the lining fabric matches the boucle! This is going to be one stunning jacket!!!! And add the extra two buttons to the will really give it the Chanel look.

Meg said...

I can hardly wait to see how this turns out! I have this pattern too in my must-make pile.

Cennetta said...

Exquisite fabric..., I like your pattern choice too. I have this one and an very interested in following your process. Good luck.

Charity said...

I think that's a gorgeous match! Very elegant. LOVE the colors. All these Fall plans in blogland are making me itchy to sew for myself. As soon as I get past some of my service project sewing, I'm gonna rev up for my Fall wardrobe too!