So, Vogue 1561 by Zandra Rhodes. The colours made this one jump out at me, and it does have a rather Tilton-esque, art teacher chic thing going on don’t you think? Anyhow, I bought it on impulse, despite the fact that jackets don’t figure much in my lifestyle any more, because I get too hot!
It’s a generous pattern in that you get all the sizes, with the ten pattern pieces duplicated for smaller and larger size sets. Obviously it’s very loose below the bust, so choosing a size is tricky. I decided to get all the pattern pieces out, and look for the finished garment measurements [no way am I consigning myself to size 22 just on my bust measurements!]
It transpires that size 18 comes up at 44.5″, so I went with that, and removed 2″ length form the ‘skirt’ pieces, and 3″ from the sleeve length. This surprised me as I have monkey arms, but it seems that a large bust also implies Mr Tickle arm length…
I read the instructions too! Just as well, as it turns out that the yoke is quilted [in straight lines, gawd help me] so I needed fabric that would behave.
THEN I went hunting for fabric. Yeah I know, but I needed to see how the swirly skirt pieces looked before I hunted for remnants. I decided that I would give this a go as a useful multi-purpose jacket, so plumped for black. And remembered that there were sizeable remnants left from that lovely swirly ‘funeral’ dress.
I grabbed a few other bits from the Crate of Blackness [I stash by colour, shoot me] and set to faffing. Faffing is a vital part of the creative process, don’t you think? Ideas and options came and went, and eventually I managed to get the skirt pieces out of the checked ponte, the sleeves from the plain, and the yoke pieces from a teeny remnant left from Dawn’s coat.
A nice uncut length of shot paisley lining material demanded to be part of this project.
The faffing meant that I also cut one front ‘skirt’ piece on grain, and one at an angle. I figure that it adds interest [hah] and with all the swirls it shouldn’t matter at all. All the upper lining pieces are supposed to be interfaced, which I suppose is to support the weight of the full skirt? The shell bodice pieces have been fused to ‘good’ interfacing, the lining to much thinner stuff. Again, shoot me.
And now I’m going to sew it. No idea how it will work out, could be hideous, may be pretty cool. Let’s find out!