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Thursday, January 26, 2012

V8679 my first jacket!

 Paired the jacket with my boyfriend cut jeans and my leopard pumps
for a little fun!
Finally, finished my first jacket! I didn't  mention that I was making a jacket, because I didn't want to jinx myself lol.. I started this jacket about two weeks ago, and before I go any further. I have to say that "Jackets for Real People" DVD was insurmountable in helping aide me through the process of making my first wearable jacket. I literally followed the DVD step by step and only followed the pattern directions only during the godet section.  If you were every wandering if this DVD would be beneficial;  I am here to tell you that truly it is one that every sewer  should have in there library...

Back stay and the inside during construction
Okay, now that all the kudos are out of the way! I know that I signed on to do the Minoru jacket sew along, but I ended using my lining fabric for the jacket for V8679. This year, I don't  really have any resolutions, but sewing wise, I  only plan to sewwhat I am feeling at the moment, so V8679 it was . I am really feeling the bustle and peplum look, as I mentioned in my last post; therefore, I had to give V8679 a go! And when I realized that Erica B put her stamp on it like only she can do! I was in...

Sleeve head using the interfacing from my hubby's old tie
please do ask before you cut into said tie he he!

It's all about the back, right!

Fully lined using the bagging method...
 Like I said, this is my first wearable jacket, I tried making B5331 last year this time and never made it past the muslin, but I believe if I were to try the jacket again, I could knock it out of the park! A girl makes one jacket and gets all smug with it lol!  Okay, now on to the jacket at hand! Vogue describes this jacket as a fitted, lined, above hip jacket  has notched collar, front darts, back princess seams, godet and long sleeves.

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes

Were the instructions easy to follow? I didn't use the instructions, I followed jackets for real people! And just to note I am extreme devote follower of instructions, and didn't use them with this jacket only followed the DVD and my jacket came out great!

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I loved the back drama of the jacket; there wasn't anything that I didn't like..

Fabric Used: Wool blend with acrylic and it sparkles! Love it.. purchased off last year

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: I didn't make any pattern alterations however, I could have used a slight broad back alteration, but it will not prevent my wearing my jacket. I did interface the entire jacket minus the godet section as it really gave the jacket structure IMO... I also added a back stay, I used sleeve heads from my hubby's old tie and that sleeve eased right on in! I also used on one button instead of two just what I wanted...

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? I would sew this jacket again, maybe if I found some really great fabric! And I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this pattern to others...

Conclusion: I really had a great time making this jacket, I learned a lot of new techniques, bagging a lining for jacket, making a back stay and using a sleeve head to ease in a sleeve, sewing in shoulder pads, notching a lapel, the list is endless! If you do not own jackets for real people DVD run not walk to order it! That's all for now Divas! Be blessed and nothin' less and continue to stay fearlessly fierce!

One for the road, okay, okay my last smug action LOL!

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  1. What a brilliant jacket!!! Well done on the amount of work and effort that you put into it - love the 'smug' photos...

  2. Wow! Love the way it is black, but has interesting details and wild lining. It's versatile, but still a bit sassy, not at all bland.

  3. Well done on your first looks great inside and out! One of the great things about sewing your own clothes is that we get to put in fun lining and whatnot!

  4. Umm... I'm just a little bit jealous. Your first jacket? I think it's a lie. Just kidding... your jacket looks fantastic though! I love the little flounce in back!

  5. You're right! You were working on something special! Your jacket looks wonderful!! It has a great fit, and goes nicely with your jeans and pumps.

  6. What a FIERCE jacket Lady! Looks great and I love how you styled it:)

  7. Beautiful! I love the back detail. It's patterns like this that make me realize not many clothes "look good from the back."

    I may need to check out this DVD. After making the Minoru (my first jacket!), there are some techniques I'd really like to research and learn a bit more to make an even better garment next time.

    Congrats on your first jacket!

  8. Thanks Sophia! And yes check out the DVD if you can, I believe you will love it!

  9. Candice, how did I miss these posts!!! Gorgeous jacket!!! (love the shoes too!) Also, I've been thinking about more color for pants too, very happy to see your red ones paired with that bold striped top, just perfect!!! Guess I need to be a little more daring and just jump in!

    Love your work!

    1. Thank you Myra! I just love this encouraging sewing community of beautiful, talented, people!