Tuesday, April 12, 2011

My most favoritest thing ever...

...that I've sewn for myself so far!

I finished the jacket I've been working on for Sherry's RTW Tailoring SewAlong and I couldn't be happier with the result. I have to (sheepishly) admit that I didn't even come close to taking full advantage of the sew-along and the amazing guidance that Sherry provided. She really went to great lengths to dissect a tailored jacket and explain how to produce a professional result. I knew I wouldn't have enough time to spend on a complicated jacket so I chose a simpler design - no pockets, no lapels, no darts. But don't get me wrong, Butterick 5469 is a great pattern with several variations and I will definitely use it again!

This is the shell before I put the lining in (and before I realized I didn't buy enough fabric for the facings - oops!)

Which is why my jacket has a (sort-of) coordinating stripe inside.

I had completely finished the jacket before I decided that it really needed something to define the edges. I don't know what it is about the print but it just didn't look right so I added the green ruffle after the fact.

I couldn't (didn't want to) take the whole thing apart so I cut 2 inch bias strips, folded them in half, made ruffles, and hand-stiched them around the edges. )If I do this again I'll sew the ruffle into the seams.)

My first fabric-covered button.

It's the look I wanted and it's comfortable, yay! You can check out how the other sew-alongers are doing here.

(Do you like my whale?)

Jackie :)


  1. I think the striped facing is a nice touch! And like I said on the Flickr page - love the green ruffles.

  2. I love your jacket - I think the green trim really makes it awesome! And the front facing is pretty too, I thought that was totally planned until you mentioned you ran out of cloth!
    Great job, well done!

  3. this is really lovely! very fresh for spring

  4. Wow, this jacket is amazing with that fabulous fabric you have chosen! And the green trim is a perfect finish!

  5. this. is, GORGEOUS. your blog doesn't update in my links bar, and i am mad because i miss gorgeousness as such. why, blogger? WHY?????