|Street style in NYC last week from Huffington Post Style|
I'm seeing lots of light weight rain or topper jackets like the In The Trenches jacket with a drawstring and that great back yoke with the pleat. If you have that pattern, cut it longer to end below your butt - around 30" for me and add the cargo pockets with a flap from the One-Seam Pant Pattern on each side below the waist. Put a zipper in it and patch pockets with a zipper and you'll have a topper jacket that you'll wear with everything like this cotton/nylon blend Vera Wang jacket with an inside drawstring from her Spring Collection for Kohl's. I tried it on in the store and measured it -- the fit for each size is the same as the ITT jacket.
A week ago a friend and I had lunch together and spent the better part of an afternoon in a high end consignment store trying on lots of things. The store just happened to have most of their inventory selling for $5 to $10 max. Even if it was too big, as most things are on me these days, if it was a great fabric/design and needed minor alterations, I could deal with that. My friend used to design clothing for her own brand until she sold it. So there were two fabric and fashion divas in hog heaven. I came out with 7 items, including 4 Eileen Fisher pieces ( that need no alterations) and a beautifully fitted cardigan jacket a la Chanel in silk velvet faux Persian lamb edged with double bias georgette all along the edges. I gave that to my son's GF because she looked so cute in it.
I'm going to see how Louise finished the armholes on her new vest pattern. I've certainly got enough fabric to make a narrow facing using the sleeves.
I've decided to use the same fabric and buttons I used for these pants for the restyled sleeveless jacket since it coordinates with so many things.
Monday Update -- I didn't take in any of the seams after pressing it and trying it on with a few different tops. First I stabilized the armholes with 3/8" bias fusible cotton tape, then stitched a bias band with the same width seam allowance, under-stitched, pressed and then top stitched the facings down. Here's the stabilized armhole and then the finished bias facing, and me trying it on in my sewing room. It's a pretty gold color with a nice sheen.