sweet f.o. 1 – the grey jacket
12 November 2007
It’s finished! It’s not perfect (the lapels aren’t too sharp, the sleeves pull a little bit and the button holes are a little scraggly) but it’s wearable. I have a pair of pants and a skirt made of the same fabric, so I now effectively have a suit.
I’ve never made anything tailored before. I bought a book about tailoring but didn’t consult it till I was half way through sewing, which was a mistake. The jacket is cotton with a little bit of elastane included, so it wasn’t possible to steam-shrink it, which seems to be the trick to making tailored things look sharp and shaped.
I have some nice wool fabric stashed away, which I might use to make a winter ‘suit’. Only next time, I’ll not get impatient, I’ll take my time, I’ll consult the book at every step, and I’ll cut it slightly narrower in the shoulders and lapels. But I’m not going to start straight away. I need to do something fun and simple.
Like a celebratory dance :
:: shake it baby!
The pattern is Simplicity 4273.
[f.o. = finished object]