Friday, July 1, 2011

Is it too early too think about jackets?

What do you think?  Too early.  I don't think so.  Fall jackets / vests / cardigans are showing up in the stores.  So, we should be thinking about getting them made.  Check out all the eye candy at Neiman Marcus under jackets.  Prices start at about $300.00. 

Let's start with Upline Jacket pattern by Sewn ...square one for your style.  Isn't this a great looking jacket?  It is in my pattern stash.  Hopefully, it will be used pattern by fall.  I just need to decide if that wool in the fabric stash has aged long enough or it I want something new.  Note that there are three views.  So, get creative and get the sizing right with one and make more than one.  How great is that?  Suggested fabrics are:  medium to heavy weight cottons (maybe the 9-10oz duck/canvas in the eBay store),  medium weight wools, heavy linens, denim, weighty blends.    The short jacket (view 3) requires a 22" reversible separating zipper.  These zippers can be special ordered from me in white, black, and navy with brass teeth.  More colors are available in the a regular 22" separating zipper.

Next, let's look at the Santa Monica jacket pattern by Lila Tueller Designs. This jacket pattern has two versions and a cap.  Fabric recommendations are twill, poplin, corduroy, or home dec weight fabrics.  Quilting weight cottons can be used if they are backed with Pellon Shape-Flex.  I do currently have a twill weight fabric in the eBay store.  It is the 6 oz striped ticking from James Thompson.  I do have some solid colors on order.  Again, I can order the 18" or the 22" sport-weight zipper.  They are available in a variety of colors.

Final item for today is the Cool Cardigan-Draped Front pattern by Pamela's Patterns. This is a knits only pattern.  You can never have too cardigans.  This could be made from a great basic knit to go with everything (this is what I'm doing) or make many.  Let's face it once you get the fit correct, we should make more than one of item.  Change the fabric, add embellishments to make it different.  This pattern has three different sleeve lengths and separate pattern pieces for the A/B cup and C/D cup.  Another suggestion is to make a set using a tank top or sleeveless top (Pamela's got those available too). 

Hope your inspired to make a jacket or several.

Happy Sewing!

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