Coming to you, courtesy of a once-in-a-lifetime Homework Free Weekend:
The Vogue 2885 Jacket!
(I’m sorry about the strange lighting in these photos. It was amazingly light when I was photographing and it washed out the color in some of them. :( )
Some of the making up instructions were a little odd, but I followed everything to the letter. I figured that I can add my own spin the next time I make the pattern.
Let’s start with the sleeves:
Both the fashion fabric and the lining have these gathers at the inside elbow. This is a design element I’ve never seen before. It might be practical, since when I wear it the sleeve moves with my arm very well, or it could be purely for looks. It’s a puzzlement.
Another puzzlement that was terribly frustrating was the fact that the lining sleeves were sewn on after the rest of the jacket had been put together. That means by hand. I usually use my machine to ease the sleeves into the arm holes, so sewing one on by hand was a little unthinkable. I did it, though, I’m proud to say. It took me forever, but I did it. I’ll say this though – I’m not going to intentionally hand sew sleeves on ever again. ;)
Then, the back pleat:
I love the way this turned out. It’s one of those touches that just exemplifies the 40’s look.
And, one more look at the glorious pad-stitched collar in it’s final form:
My closure of choice:
Lovely leather buttons that are so smooth and nice. I was considering covered buttons, but while digging around in my notions box for the forms, I saw these and knew they were perfect. I bought them a while ago when I made my brown corduroy vest (before my bloggy days) as an option for closures, but decided on something else. So, these beauties languished in the notions box until now. They have happily found a home. :)
Now- on to the pink taffeta lining:
I am totally hating these buttonholes (especially on the inside). This is one of those quirky methods I referred to above. I have done bound buttonholes several times before – but I’ve never seen a method as hard to accomplish as this. The fronts were quite easy, but the inside parts involved cutting a slit above where the buttonhole was on the other side. Then, turning the raw edge created by the slit under and slip stitching, exposing the buttonhole to the inside. It was hard to keep smooth (you can see that it puckered a little) and it was a handful while I was trying to hand sew the opening shut. Next time, no matter what the pattern says, I’m trying Paco’s method on buttonholes that I just found today via the amazing Tany. I like to learn as many sewing methods as I can, so that’s why I didn’t want to just discard the pattern instructions. However, it does burn me up a little that the method wasn’t as finished looking as the rest of the jacket. Ugh!
On to happier adventures – the bar tacks!
This was my first experience bar tacking and I truly enjoyed it. (Yes, that’s my sadly red thumb with the polish down there. My hands are all dry from the cold, so they won’t exactly be in any adverts any time soon!) There are 10 bar tacks in the lining of this jacket and I got them done in about an hour. They look so professional! (Sorry for that stray little thread there – my zeal for sharing got the better of my perfectionist side!)
Back view – It has a terrific silhouette, don’t you think? Now all I have to do is invent a special occasion so I can wear it!
Overall, I’m so happy and proud of it. If you had told me back when I was a little girl sewing stuffed bears that I would one day be able to sew this, I wouldn’t have believed you. Goes to show how far you can come.
I wish you all a lovely day, my friends!