Sure, the weather outside is hot and unbearably humid, but inside, I'm thinking November!
I'd bought very, very vintage (Thirties?) Simplicity 1820 (above), a teen size 18 (similar to a men's 36) a few years ago but it's been sitting in my stash till now. I wanted to make a wool jacket with knit waistband and cuffs, something I haven't yet tackled in my sewing adventures. I decided to make Version 1, which has two front single-welt pockets and a center zipper.
For my fabric, I chose a shaggy wool knit with a camo pattern I picked up last year at Mood. This was the end of a bolt -- barely 1 yard -- not enough for an entire jacket or coat alone, but perfect for combining with something else (preferably a solid).
Yesterday I made a muslin of the pattern; it fits fine. Today I cut into my fashion fabric. Since the camo is a knit and has to support welt pockets, I decided to interface the fronts (and back) with medium weight cotton muslin.
Welt pockets aren't new to me but they're still a challenge as they require a lot of careful measuring and painstaking sewing. I think mine came out nice, especially considering the lofty nap of the fabric which mustn't be overpressed. I cut the welts out of navy blue melton -- the same wool melton I'm using for my sleeves.
|Pocket basted closed: I learned to do that in tailoring class.|
I still have to figure out what to line the jacket with, how wide I want the ribbed waistband and cuffs, and what kind of collar to make: I was thinking of using the ribbing for the collar as well; we'll see.
And that's it. It definitely feels weird to be sewing wool when the weather is near 90 degrees but you have to think ahead, right?
In other news, I received two lovely vintage dress patterns in the mail today -- an Etsy score. They're from 1938 and 1940, respectively. I love those old pattern illustrations; the way the dresses are accessorized is oh, so charming.
And that's it. I hope you're staying cool -- or warm, if the weather requires it -- and that your sewing projects are going well.
Have a great day, everybody!