Saturday, April 27, 2013

Tribal art

I've been missing in action a while.  Most of my sewing has involved unpicking and resewing skirts that were newly made but no longer fitted.  Thanks for your encouragement - your support helped me shed 7 kilos in 8 weeks.

I completed this jacket recently from a linen silk blend purchased in Lincraft last summer.  The pattern is a self draft cloned from an old Ignazia silk jacket that I bought second hand and wore to death...literally.  It is lined with white cotton batiste and has an interesting three quarter sleeve.  The original sleeve was masterfully drafted, pleated into a narrow band that attaches to the pleated lining sleeve.  Clever and very comfortable.

I love the side inseam pockets and I'm very pleased with my pattern matching, especially the centre back which is a seam finish.

The fit is somewhat aspirational at the bust.  I could do with an extra centimetre ease but I am still 6 kilos from my goal weight.  
 
I'm quite sure where my sewing is taking me next. I moved my sewing area into my eldest daughter's abandoned bedroom and in the process I found a blouse I started a few years ago which I'm now finishing.  Next up I think a tailored shirt is on the cards having just finished the excellent Craftsy.com course.

Meanwhile happy sewing!

23 comments:

  1. Gail. You look fabulous today!

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  2. You are looking great - love the jacket!

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  3. Congratulations on your weight loss Gail! You are looking absolutely terrific :) I love the new jacket too.

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  4. The new jacket fits, which is a plus when still losing weight - at least you can wear it. Looks lovely.

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  5. You are looking fantastic! Great job on the weight loss. Great job on recreating a favourite jacket too.

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  6. I noticed immediately when I opened your blog just how much weight you have lost. A big, big congratulations!! You look wonderful, and the jacket is sensational.

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  7. I love it! Great print and style and you are looking slim! Congrats on the weight loss!

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  8. I didn't recognise you straight up! You look fantastic! I love that jacket... Awesome use of the print and a beautiful shape. Happy sewing for the new you.

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  9. Congrats on the weight loss. Well done. Love you top. Looks great on you and really comfy.

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  10. Congratulations on your weight loss Gail! You look terrific! I love the jacket too :)

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  11. You look wonderful!! The jacket is lovely. Love the print.

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  12. Oh I really love this jacket! The fabric choice is just perfect for it. I wish there was a pattern for it so I could have one too. You sound like you really want to sew but are hesitant because you are still losing weight. Perhaps you could stick to sewing simple easy garments that are easy to take in until you reach your weight loss goal which isn't very far away :-)

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  13. I loved this jacket on you when I met you on Saturday, and the fabric felt really lovely too. I always admire people who self draft their patterns - Tracing off a Burda is the most effort I'll do

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  14. Congrats on the weight loss! The jacket looks fantastic, and I'm in awe that you drafted the pattern yourself.

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  15. That's a super jacket, and congratulations on your weight loss!

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  16. Fabulous fabric for a great looking jacket !!!
    Congrats on your wheight loss.

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  17. You look amazing! What a lovely jacket on you. What a pain to have to resew skirts, but what a great reason for having to do it. Congrats and how great that you are nearing your goal!

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  18. You look wonderful. What a great jacket. I love black and white and this is a lovely print. Hopefully you will enjoy it as much as the defunct jacket.

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  19. Congratulations on the weight loss, that's quite an achievement. You're lucky to have the skill to be able to draft a pattern from your favourite jacket. I really like this one and am guessing you will get a ton of wear from it.

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  20. Gorgeous jacket, not sure how I missed it.

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  21. you look great. The blouse is very nice but I am VERY impressed with your whittleing of self!!

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  22. You look fantastic! First I commented on your last blouse than I came to see this beauty you made and I realize now the reason why I was finding you so fabulous! Good job on loosing weight. You are going to be pretty either way, but just for your health is sooo good.

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