Sunday, November 7, 2010

A New Favorite!

I had a great sewing week! I sprained my ankle last weekend so I had to stay off my feet for most of the last few days. Of course that didn't prevent me from sewing. I'm a slow sewer though so I only finished two pieces but I'm very happy with them.

I'll show you first and then give you a few details.



And here is my inspiration taken from the Coldwater Creek website a couple of years ago.



The only real difference is in the sleeves which I made full length rather than 3/4.

The stats,

Fabric ...polyester Ponti in blue and navy animal print.

Trim ...foldover cotton braiding by Domcord bought at Fabricville.

Interfacing... Fusi Knit. ( I only interfaced the front facing and the upper collar so as to keep the softness of the knit fabric).

Pattern....A combination of S2374 for the front and back, the sleeves from the Bacall Sweater by Lois Hinse (but I cut them wider at the bottom)and a self drafted collar. The sleeveless shell is my favorite S3604

I ended up sewing the braiding entirely by hand because the sewing machine tended to "spread " it and as I said ,I had to do a lot of sitting so it gave me something to do.

Here are a few detail shots.






Ouch! The colour in this one is awful!




I wore this set with navy wool gabardine pants (made with my favorite pants pattern, V2873) to church this morning.My DH took this pic and he said that this is a real Diana outfit.



More pics here.

Next up is this top and a gored skirt out of the coordinating plain blue.



The article on the sunburst darts is by Marci Tilton and was in the Vogue Patterns magazine in the Oct./Nov.issue,2006. The pattern is Today's Fit V8151. I made this before and love it.

Have a great week all and Happy Sewing!

16 comments:

Gail said...

Wow, totally stunning outfit. It's funny - I had a similar fabric last year earmarked for a jacket. At the last minute I chickened out and made a skirt. I love that skirt but when I see this fabulous jacket...sigh!

Carolyn (cmarie12) said...

Diana - I really love this set! And the fact that you hand sewed all of that trim down is just awesome. Thanks for the reference to the back issue of VPM. Have pulled mine out and will check it out. You're right, you did have a great sewing week!

KID, MD said...

So cute!! I like yours better than the inspiration.

Shannon said...

What a gorgeous set - so sophisticated, yet funky!

Rosy said...

I love the blue leopard print! You are a very busy sewer .... Great job!

Lori said...

This is so pretty, great set, lovely fabric and trim. You did a beautiful job.

shams said...

Beautiful jacket!

I do have a question about that Marcy Tilton article in Vogue. (I don't have that issue.) What does Marcy say about stabilizing those darts? I just sewed something like that in a knit and I had the wobblies. It's too late for this garment, but I've been wondering what would help for next time.

Sew Passionista said...

This is in reply to Shams. I don't remember Marci saying anything about stabilizing the darts. I didn't have any trouble at all with the white version I just put up on my A Few of my Favorite Things portion of my right hand sidebar. The fabric was a rayon lycra and stretched like crazy but had good memory.I'll look up my copy and let you know.

Debra Martin said...

I agree with Katie. Yours looks even better than the original.

Jane M said...

What a wonderful color on you and such a fabulous fit. That trim was worth sewing by hand, it looks perfect. This is such a chic outfit.

Irene said...

That is a beautiful jacket. I keep eyeing the leopard print fabrics, admiring them on other people, but I haven't gotten up the nerve to actually acquire any yet. It looks wonderful on you.

gwensews said...

Fabulous jacket, and outfit! I like the fold-over braid on the edges.

Michelle said...

Wow, what a fantastic jacket! I love the blue animal print (I am a sucker for animal print...as most of my clothing attests ;). It looks wonderfully easy to wear, too.

Sue said...

Love your jacket and I'm really looking forward to seeing your top with the sunburst pleats. :)

Vicki said...

This is so you! You look fabulous in it.

Lisette M said...

Great looking jacket, chic and funky at the same time.