Firstly apologies for being a bit out of action lately on reading and commenting on your blogs. This EQ has knocked me a bit, and I sort of ostriched for the last week. I did spend a lot of time sewing which was very restorative, and also some planning for SWAP. I think I’m *in* peeps!
My sister gave me this lovely wool felt for my recent birthday. I needed a light-weight jacket for the non-winter months and I decided to make a cute wee bomber. The lining is some cotton I picked up at an opshop recently that isn’t great in colours for me, but is delightful for lining. I lined the sleeves with lining fabric for maximum slipabilty.
All the fabric is second-hand, as is the zip. All I had to buy was thread and elastic.
The pièce de résistance is the back feature: I cut some slits in the back panel of the jacket and wove some of the same fabric through it to create a little woven detail for some interest in the back. While I needed this jacket to be simple and functional, there’s such a thing as TOO simple. In fact in my life, there are many such things!
- Fully lined it – I don’t like the way the pockets flap about and I also wanted this to be a toasty little jacket. I made a full lining and used the facing pieces to cut interfacing to give some structure to the front and neck sections of the jacket.
- Made the neckline into a crew-neck rather than a V-neck. #mustbewarm
- Sewed slightly narrower side seams when stitching it together to make a slimmer fit.
It was all going so well until my cotton ribbing decided to be a little b**** and just sag out completely and not recover. (This also made me realise why I don’t love my Mermaid Bomber as much as I should… same problem. The ribbing bagged out and so it doesn’t feel like a bomber in shape and as a result it feels too big and boxy.)
So I did some online research and discovered that 100% cotton ribbing can have poor recovery and doesn’t recover until washed in some cases. So I washed the jacket. The ribbing recovered a little, but not enough. I think that this pattern really needs to be made with a ribbing with some decent lycra content.
So I applied two rows of black 1″ elastic to the underside of the ribbing. I’m not 100% thrilled with the look, but it’s functional at least.
As Alex the Husband kindly points out the weaving detail probably should sit higher. But what can you do? I couldn’t tell this until I’d made it.
So this had all the high hopes of being a couture make that would stop people in the streets. But in the end, it’s doing the job it was made to do.
And what more can I ask of it than that?!
- Boyfriend style Levis, from a local op-shop
- Grey Kowtow tank
- Shoes purchased in Barcelona in 2012
- Jewelry – all seen here before apart from earrings from this Etsy store