Here's a peak at what I've been working on. I finished this yesterday. It looks great with the pinstripe silk and some other silver gray pieces I have. If you've looked at some of the Chanel collections over the past few years, this is a variation, as is the knit boucle jacket. Chanel is rarely the little jacket anymore, although those are always there in one form or another. I'm happy to say that I am getting stronger and am just as head strong. When I wasn't strong, I still persevered to do what I wanted to do, that I was physically capable of. It might have taken longer, but I did it. I know that helped me mentally as well as physically. Now I want to do everything I couldn't do before. I had other things to do today but did some cutting out. Today I walked into our local market without my cane! I felt like Rocky standing at the top of those stairs.
Here are some details of this jacket:
- The San Diego jacket pattern has two piece sleeves that I did a faux flat fell seam and used a multiple step zig zag to secure all the seams at the neckline. I eliminated the sleeve hems and pinked the edges before applying the bands that are secured in the seams.
- sleeves are bracelet length which is an elegant look and best for layering.
- The length is 22 or 23" and the hem is pinked and unfinished with the band sewn inside.
- The boucle looks the same on both sides - I marked one side and used that as the outside.
- The bands of the wool double knit are also pinked and topstitched 1/4" from each edge.
- I put contrast bands at the inside collar (no facing - only one layer of the jacket) and the inside hem, then on the outside of the sleeves.
I used this braided frog clasp as the closure for this jacket. I bought some nice closures from Couture Fabrics of Alexandria before they closed. This is one, and the plaid wool boucle came from there as well. I was a very good customer and even taught classes for them when my schedule permitted.