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I am a mother, a new grandmother, and a teacher. But whatever happens in my life, I keep sewing. I have worked as a political communicator and now as a teacher in my formal life. I have also written extensively on sewing. I have been a frequent contributor and contributing editor of Threads magazine and the Australian magazine Dressmaking with Stitches. My first book Sew.. the garment-making book of knowledge will be published in May 2018 and is available for pre-order from Amazon


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Sunday, September 4, 2011

Jacket and now suit of Vogue 1264

First my quick projects.

Two more versions of Vogue 1261 in some sweater knit I had kicking around the place. I folded under and cover hemmed the collar, serged the rest of it up as you would normally (although you really need to set in the sleeves to make these work), and left the hem raw but with a row of cover-hemmed stitching:

I will get a lot of wear out of these and also the pants of 1264 which you have seen before and are still as comfortable.

Now on to the jacket. 

Here are assorted shots which give you an idea what this pattern looks like on someone who is about 40 pounds heavier than the model, and loving it.

Now I this is what I have to say about this jacket.

First off, the all the whole thing sort of depends on those front panels lining up. I did a FBA and I am glad I did. The only closure is a giant hook and eye at the neck and if I hadn't allowed for my waist etc. and bust it would have all spread in a really apparent way.

These are the hooks and eyes I used:

They were fine but you really have to bend in the hook a bit so it stays closed.

This went together without incident, probably because I left out the pockets, which I admit would have been nice, but I just didn't have a welt pocket in pleather kind of week. Things were busy enough.

The woven sewn-in interfacing suggested is necessary as the pleather, which stretches, really needs the stability and the grain.

All in all an interesting pattern and right past the boundaries of my usual look.

An outfit like this has it's uses though. 

I think it would be perfect for those meetings when I have to call in a kid and say "It seems you plagiarized." Yes, this is definitely an outfit for the plagiarism police. A badge would probably go nicely as an accessory. 

Finally, here is a shot of the characters who thought we were going out the front door for a drive to the park, I did take them later of course.


BetsyV said...

GREAT jacket, Barbara!

Texan said...

Well the tops are just great as is that jacket! Very nice.

You own a cover stitch machine? I did a post asking about cover stitch machines yesterday. If you get a minute I would love your input. I am researching them.

Jane M said...

Wonderful coat on you. Wow, you really made this pattern do work for you. And I'm loving those two cuties in the last pics as well.

Jodie said...

You look mahvalous dahling! I'm impressed with how much you got done considering all the upheaval (although if you were hiding....).
Looks great! Perfect for teaching and fall.

shams said...

That pattern really does work for you! You know, it seems to me that you are figuring out your version of nice casual. Looking good!

Anonymous said...

You look sharp!

Gabrielle said...

That is such a striking suit - looks fantastic on you!

Marie-Noƫlle said...

Great suit.

gwensews said...

Your jacket is awesome! It looks better on you than the model, too!

Audrey said...

The jacket looks wonderful! Very polished but a little different. Itlooks great with the pants as a suit. And it looks like the pants go wonderfully with other tops. Both are great wardrobe additions for fall.

Bunny said...

Your jacket looks wonderful on you. Great job!

Cennetta said...

Great additions to your wardrobe. Excellent job on the jacket. You look great.

Kathy said...

You look fabulous in all your pairings. May we use your photo and post to the blog on our Facebook page: Fbvoguepatterns.com.

You may email me at valeryp@mccallpattern.com.

Thank you.

Valery Peters