The first is my self-drafted striped preppy jacket. The fabric is a very good quality ponte from Tessuti. I've also used their buttons and fabulous wool bindng. Call me crazy but I handstitched the binding for a flawless finish. It's not a perfect garment, but I can't tell you how much I enjoy wearing it. I'll use this pattern again. Next time, I'll add a little more fullness across the bustline and use interfacing to fill in the gap under the shoulder pads that are showing us as wrinkles in the photograph.
I wish I could say I loved my second completed garment given the effort that went into creating it. Cut from a "silk" (burn test screams polyester) sari that I bought online from India for $10, Rebecca Taylor's Vogue 1367 (OOP) looks like pjyamas. It does look better tucked into a skirt.
Finally I wanted to introduce you my two favourite Brisbane fabric stores - Irma J Smith House of Fashion and Gardams. I bought this gorgeous Italian silk in memory of my father, who loved frangipanis and was always urging me to wear a "nice frock" - as opposed to mini skirts and jeans when I was a teen. So Dad, a nice frock it will be!
I didn't actually buy this fabulous linen from Dorothy Gardam, and have been obsessing about it ever since. I did buy a nice piece of printed cotton and bright pink cotton. underlining to set it off. Gardams have moved to Adelaide Street opposite the Town Hall. Irma J is in the Strand Arcade. It was run by two amazingly talented and glamourous sisters. Sadly, one of the two also passed away last week. Hopefully their exquisite (but expensive) store will continue for many years to come.