(Long project = long blog post so grab a cup of tea!)
Our Beautiful Pieces on Unley Road. Quite a dangerous place to visit for the vintage button lover!
The jacket has a lovely swingy back pleat. There's an optional back button tab across the pleat, which I made. To be honest I ran out of buttons so didn't attach it! I'm still toying with the idea of removing the sleeve tabs - which are purely decorative - and putting the back tab on.
I also wrestled with the corner where the collar joins the neckline.
I turned to the wisdom of Instagram sewing friends, and was informed by the lovely and highly accomplished Nicole that this style of collar attachment is common in vintage patterns (which made me feel kinder towards it). She recommended I press the neckline seams open, try the jacket on, fiddle around with the collar until I was happy with it and then do a bit of 'stitch in the ditch' at the neckline seam to join the upper and under collar together. This worked well; I hand-stitched it for accuracy and easier unpicking if necessary.
Eye roll at self.
Pauline Alice Ninot, View A plus button tabs of View B
FABRIC: 2 metres of 100% Wool, Garnet. I wholeheartedly recommend this beautiful wool. It takes a steamy iron like a trouper, although for the first time I found myself wishing for a clapper to hold in that steam and flatten it, because the wool just wants to bounce right back.
Lining: Cotton + Steel cotton lawn (very pretty but not ideal), stretch satin from DK Fabrics.
SIZE: 40, no adjustments. NB: I am 163cm/5ft3 and anyone taller or with a longer torso may wish to consider lengthening the body of the jacket.
COMMENTS: A lovely style and a pattern that encourages you to take your time over details like optional bound buttonholes, collar steaming and hand-finishing of the hems. The instructions are not quite as thorough as my only previous jacket, the fabulous Grainline Cascade, but with the help of the most excellent online sewing community, I made it to the finish line. Hooray!
Other recommended fabrics: woven wools & wool blends from our selection here (not boiled wool or knits), mid-heavy denim, twill or canvas here.
- Jane & Fiona xx