Monday, March 14, 2016


Sadly, my annual five week sewcation is over. Happily, it was more productive than ever, resulting in a swimsuit and exercise top, dress pants, a knit dress, two knitted cardigans (one by machine and one mostly hand knit) and the pièce de résistance, my new jacket. It was hardly a sweatshop, however, as I found time to do lots of other fun things too.

I'll post modeled shots of the jacket when I have time at home during daylight hours. But this is it. Vogue 2770, OOP, a Tamotsu designer separates pattern.

Sweet and simple and striped in multi colours. Light and soft and warm.

Making up a pattern that I had already adjusted for fit was a treat.

I kept the construction fairly simple and the jacket has minimal structure.

Fusible underlining; serged SAs
I underlined all body pieces with an extremely light weight fusible interfacing, to give some body to the very soft and loose-woven fabric, but also to minimize its inherent stretchiness (mostly in the length, surprisingly). I underlined the sleeves with silk organza cut on the bias as I wanted to keep them light.

All seam allowances were serged to control the tendency of the fabric to fray.

The sleeve caps were eased with a bias strip of wool which also serves as a light sleeve head. I inserted shoulder pads.

The jacket is fully lined with Bemberg. I went with this weird purply-grey colour.

The buttonhole was made with my vintage Singer buttonholer (perfect every time).

All this goodness, including wool, lining, interfacing, thread and button, came from The Sewing Lawyer's imperceptibly diminishing stash.

I have enough of the fabric left to use it as an accent on another piece (a yoke for a skirt?). Maybe I should check stash for coordinating fabric or leather... Who knows what's in there?


  1. What a lovely jacket. Just beautiful.

  2. This is so cool! And, a five week sewcation? What magic is this?! I think I just stumbled on my #lifegoals! Congrats on a great make. It really is beautiful.

  3. Absolutely awesome!!!! I have made this a few years ago...☺️ Beautiful work!!!

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  5. Really great job with jacket - especially your sewing & tailoring

  6. SUPER jealous of your 5 week sewcation!! That's awesome!

    This jacket is a thing of beauty. Really wonderful.

  7. This is gorgeous Kay! I can't believe you actually have a usable piece of fabric leftover. With narrow yardage it really does pay to be 'narrow'. Can't wait to see you wearing it.

  8. Gorgeous jacket. I made a Tamotsu jacket years ago and found the fit in the upper back overly roomy. Did you have to alter your pattern much? Oops, I just read your 2010 review at PR.

  9. i was drooling over the jacket...what a great pattern! And then I looked in my stash catalog and found that I've got it! Happy dance! I may have to pull that out of the drawer and give it a go...unless it's sized for someone who's the size I was 8 years ago...

  10. What a beautiful jacket. Thanks for sharing the construction information. And congratulations on finishing so many projects during you "sewcation".

  11. Very nice! I'm sure you'll find something to coordinate with those coloured stripes.