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Saturday, August 12, 2006

Project:Ecru Linen Jacket & Skirt

Ecru /Stone Linen Ensemble
Jacket Pattern: Burda 8905
Fitted unlined denim style jacket with centre back seam , yoke and forward shoulder seam.Two piece sleeve and chest pockets with tabs.
Skirt Pattern: Vogue DKNY #2895
Bias panelled flared skirt with side pockets,invisible back zipper closure and edgestitched and topstitched design trim
Knit Top Pattern: New Look #6149 view B
V neck knit top with two piece raglan sleeves
Design Mods/Commentary

The jacket came out better than I had thought .Forget the klutzy pictures , the fit is perfect ( okay so I forgot to decrease the extra in the waist from doing a FBA ) which I discovered after finishing , not an issue for a casual jacket.
My usual alterations were made( too boring to list and design needed a straight forward princess seam FBA).I omitted the pockets and tabs, left out the lower hip bands and extended the length by 3 inches.
The sleeves are really well drafted , unlike most unlined jackets/tops with one piece sleeve that feels sloppy.Sleeve head eased in effortlessly.
Burda Easy Sewing from circa 2004 has an almost identical jacket done in Felted wool in a neat deconstructed way.
The pattern unfortunately is OOP but Burda WOF has variations in back issues.
Excellent version of the Jeans Jacket that is less boxy and a more fitted sleek look
Interesting tidbits , whilst waiting for ******Blogger to upload the pictures , I surfed to check reviews on the said jacket .Different outcomes , confirms my views about reviews.

Used brass antique type buttons , dumped the idea of jean style poppa buttons , would have been too heavy

The skirt had been completed a couple of weeks ago.Great low rise waist style.Skirt sits about 3 inches below my waist .If one fluctuates in the weight/waist department , this style may not be a good choice, the risk of the waist sliding down to give the urban version of brickie's rear is high.
Left out the side pockets , fudged the side pocket section to the front skirt piece to maintain the style lines .I dont do curvy hips in bias skirt with pocket gaposis.( The best clue to an ill fitting skirt)
Loads of edgestitching and topstitching.Machine edgestitching foot was very handy.
Tried a few topstitching threads, but poor match for the fabric.Used matching thread with the triple straight stitch.
Top is done in print rayon lycra blend.This is one of the few patterns I have made almost very season since I bought it. Curvy fitted with a not too low V neck ( great style for the curvier/ and not so curvy lady)It is still in the books
Once tweaked and customised it is good to go.