See this blazer? I designed, drafted and sewed it myself! And since I’m no longer actually attending lecture (conflicts with my teaching schedule), I’m using the book and my professor’s office hours to get the job done! (By the way, here she is, walking through the construction of the jacket on YouTube. She’s an amazing sewist!)
This most recent project for my patternmaking class isn’t due until this Thursday, but since I had all of last Friday to sew without kids or lectures to write, I started and finished it in about 9 hours straight + an hour or two making adjustments yesterday and today.
The pattern itself was based on a jacket sloper, which was based on a torso sloper that was altered from a bodice sloper of my own measurements. Phew! It was a lot of work to even get to the point where I could start making the jacket pattern (hence my radio silence over the past few weeks)! I based my design on this much more stylish jacket from Boden. I liked the armhole princess lines, flap pockets, and rounded hemline. Clearly, getting my vision into a flat pattern is going to take a little work 🙂
The style itself has a two-piece sleeve with semi-faux vents and is fully lined.
As for the fabrication…well…for the assignment, we were supposed to sew the jacket in muslin, but clearly that wasn’t going to be worth my precious time, so I sewed it up in some vintage 100% cashmere wool I purchased last year for a steal, and silk lining fabric from Britex. The lining is a bit on the crazy side, but I kind love it.
Here is my make-shift clapping tool and sleeve press board. Yes, that’s a tunnel from my son’s train set–the rounded top actually works really great!
Sewing Resewlution 2014, October garment #1. Wow, just got that in under the wire!