McCall’s 4450, view C, modified front.
I made quite good progress on this today, if not quite as much as I’d hoped. I basted the underlining onto the wool pieces [I used the toile for underlining where feasible, waste not want not and all that].
I machined the shoulder and side seams, and herringbone stitched all the seam allowances down. I learned to do this on the Craftsy ‘Couture Dress’ course, which I highly recommend. I don’t do it on everything, but with thicker fabrics, it makes a huge difference. This wool is quite bouncy- it takes a press really well, but is fairly bulky on the seams.
I sewed the lining together as well, assembled the sleeves, and joined the sleeves and their linings together at the cuff edge. I thought about piping, but thought it might make them too rigid. I understitched by hand [Kate what have you done to me?]
My non-perfectionist sewing style meant that there was a little tatty not-quite matched up bit at the top of the sleeve slit, so I did a teeny bit of codge stitching. It was stronger, but looked like crap. Then a lightbulb went on over my head, and out came all those gorgeous buttons that I bought at the market weeks ago.
You know how sometimes you sew a little teeny thing and it just gladdens your heart? Well look at these beauties. I’m so happy with the way this looks! So’s the wife, so I now get to make another jacket for her. I promise we won’t wear them at the same time, we don’t do mitchy-matchy!
6 thoughts on “SWA(SP)P 2016-Wildcards-#3: Bolero jacket”
This looks really nice. The colour is lovely and those buttons were inspired. Xx
Those sleeves are gorgeous… love the color of the lining and the “bell” shape!
Yes I love sewing on the buttons on the little touches at the end.
Buttons- perfect! Its a lovely colour wool.
Yummy Cadbury’s purple!
Wow! Nicely done. I can’t wait to see the rest!
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