I was shopping online for fabric one day and saw this fabric:
It wasn’t what I was looking for at the time, but I felt that I had to have it, so I bought 3 yards of it, thinking to myself that it would make a nice pair of shorts.
But then, I started to look at some of my older patterns, and decided that the jacket in this pattern would be perfect:
This is a pattern I originally purchased back in the 80s (there was no copyright date on the pattern, but I found it here on the Wiki.) I had used the pattern (yes, I still wear the same size – woo hoo!), the front facing was missing, but all the rest of the pieces were still there. I easily made the facing using the layout drawing for guidance. I am not sure what happened to the outfit I made, but I did find the finished bandeau top (though, that no longer fits, my body has changed a bit since then.) I suspect that I never finished the garments and at some point trashed them.
I cut the pattern out without any alterations, I was looking for fast and easy. I had enough fabric for the long sleeve shirt version of the jacket.
I messed up and first of all used an interfacing that was a bit too stiff for it to flow like the picture and second I cut two right side pieces. I did not have a wide enough piece to make the full left interfacing, so I cobbled one together. It worked well and is not noticeable at all.
Though the interfacing was a bit heavy, I do like the end result. The question is whether or not to add a button to the front. So far I have left it as is.
I made this in one day (after I had cut it out on another day). I did it that quickly mainly because I could tell that I was faltering. I was seeing that a part might be a bit difficult to sew or I wasn’t quite understanding the instructions, so I was going to tackle it another day. That might be why I, maybe, never finished it the first go round. So I cracked the whip and made myself continue. I am really glad I did. I like the way it came out and I’m glad I finished it!
I am amazed at the fit since I made it ‘right out of the box’, as it were. No muslin, no alterations. The sleeves are a real nice length. Again, I am happy with this! Now I have big plans, maybe two sewn items a month?? I have one almost finished for the month of June.