Thursday, February 14, 2013

Happy Valentine's Day!

I'm so glad we celebrate St. Valentine in February. It offers the perfect opportunity to fill the day with gorgeous color!


This very unstructured jacket is made from a wool jersey from Marcy Tilton. The pattern is also hers, Vogue 8430. I've made it as a vest twice, most recently a year ago. The jersey was semi-felted, and I washed it to felt it a bit more. All of the edges are raw, and the fit is very loose. I'm not crazy with how this looks; I think I'm kind of done with unstructured for now. It just seems sloppy. I really wish I had done something else with this gorgeous fabric, but it's too late now.

This will be a good layer for early spring and fall weather. I wore it to work today but it became a tad too warm as the day went on. It looks good overlapped more in the front and fastened with a pin. Sorry no pictures of that. My photographer has been very busy at work and photo ops are short and infrequent!

I think I'll be moving toward more structure in my sewing, leaving the draped front Tilton patterns behind. I'm currently working on another linen jacket, one I can wear in early spring. You'll be seeing that one soon!

13 comments:

  1. I don't mind the front of the jacket...it's the sleeves that I think are contributing to the "sloppy" look. They're too big, they're twisting and they're off your shoulder. Is that how it's meant to be? Maybe if you taper them in a bit it might help?

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    1. Alison, thank you for pointing out what is wrong with the fit. Sometimes I can't see the trees for the forest.
      The jacket does have a dropped shoulder, which is not a very good look on me. The sleeves are definitely too big, and a bit too long. Maybe I can recut the sleeve tops with a bit more of a stance and raise them in the armscye a bit. That might help the drag lines. I would also take out the fullness in the sleeves.
      Thanks again for your eyes!

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  2. This is a stunning colour on you.

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  3. Happy St, Valentine's Day indeed Lady in Red!! I wish I could touch the fabric. Now wouldn't that be a great app? Forget smell-o-vision, I want touch-o-vision!!

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  4. Too bad you're not thrilled with this one, I know how you feel - been having more misses than hits myself lately. But with the kind of work you're doing these days with linen in your spring jackets, I know you're ready to be done with unstructured for a while. Keep showing us!

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  5. Having just finished the jacket in a beautiful silk I've had for more years than I want to admit to, it was good to hear another opinion. I too think it's too "big". Haven't worn it yet since the go-with dress turned out to be too tight. I'll now look at the jacket with new eyes and suggestions. Like your beautiful red fabric, mine is too fantastic to trash.

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  6. Love the color on you, but I agree that the sleeves are what makes it "sloppy"-looking. If you can't adjust the sleeves, why not make it into a vest and do a touch of your painting magic on it? I bet you can turn this into a fabulous garment with not too much more work, especially since you like the fabric.

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    1. I'm really hoping the sleeve remake will do the trick. But if it doesn't, your idea of making it a vest is a good one. The fabric is too fuzzy to paint, but I would add some machine felting somewhere. I may do that anyway, but I need to play with the fabric first because it has rayon in it. I don't know what the felting needles will do to the fabric.
      Thanks for the suggestion!

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  7. Hopefully you can rescue the sleeves, that is a gorgeous color and the fabric looks yummy.

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  8. Gee! I'm late to this post and everyone has already said what I was thinking! Just shows you that great minds think alike, right?

    It's definitely the sleeves that are making the jacket look dumpy. (Not you, Dixie! You look lovely!) I have the same problem with anything that has drop shoulders - which for my narrow shoulders is just about anything at all. I know you can make it work for you. It's really nice fabric!

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  9. Beautiful colour. I know what you mean about this jacket. I've made it and then remodeled it but I've never been happy with it.

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  10. It's a pity you're not thrilled with the jacket, the colour is so cheerful and vibrant. I'm sure you can re-work it to something you feel happier with :)

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  11. love the colour and the way it drapes at the top
    was thinking, maybe a little half belt at the back (the kind that is just a strip with a couple of buttons) would make a nice touch of gathering at the back and pull away some of the fullness at the front to give it a bit more shape
    try pinning it this way and see if it looks better

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