i've got a thing at the moment for denim and chambray so it was only a matter of time before i went for the double denim'ish look.
the jacket is the recently released three's a charm jacket from decades of style. when it was released i was immediately drawn to its clean lines and fitted shaped. i have been wanting to make a jacket for a long time, but have been waiting for the right pattern. when i saw this pattern i bought it straight away as i thought it looked like a fairly straightforward make and a good starting point for jackets!
the sizing of the pattern is based on bust size and i decided to go with a size 34, being the size that most closely matches my bust measurement. i didn't make any alternations and am very happy with the fit of the jacket. i am going to add a button at the front so i can wear the jacket open or closed. wearing it closed eliminates the wrinkles you can see at the upper front area in the photo above.
the fabric is a stretch denim i picked up at spotlight durring a sale. i got a metre of the 150cm wide fabric and was able to just squeeze this jacket out of the metre by piecing the bottom of each sleeve - you can see the seam in the photo below of the jacket inside out. the metre of fabric cost $6.00, making this one cheap jacket!
the jacket went together beautifully and the instructions are very clear, although i only gave them a quick glance. one of the times i did look at them was before stitching on the facing - i love the instructions for turning the points by folding the seam allowance back over. mine turned out quite sharp, even given the weight of the denim. the only thing i would have liked to see is the wide point of the fisheye darts marked on the pattern like the big 4 do, but this is easy enough to work out for yourself.
while the jacket is pretty clean on the inside unlined, i would also like to have a go at underlining and hong kong bound seams too on another version.
the skirt is the megan nielsen brumby skirt. i made version 1 in chambray that i picked up in fabric town on our recent tokyo trip. i made a medium as my waist measurement is spot on the medium waist measurement. one of my sewing friends lee has made up this skirt and said she had got a perfect fit matching her waist measurement - thanks lee!
the skirt fits beautifully, although for the back seam i made the seam allowance the width of the zip - eg marginally smaller than the 1.5cm specified to give me just a smidgen more breathing room given my waist measurement was exactly the same as for the medium size. i am very happy with the fit. the skirt went together beautifully. i really love megan's drafting and the quality of her instructions - not that i really needed them really for this skirt - but they are so lovely looking you just want to have a look at them!
the tee is the free maria denmark kimono tee - i have made this so many times i have lost count, you can check out a few of them here. its such an easy tee to whip up consisting of only 2 pieces and bindings. the fabric is a lovely soft japanese knit from the cloth shop.
yep this jacket and outfit are both winners!
til next time,