Monday, October 12, 2009

I am infatuated with this fabric

I'm still around, just haven't been doing much sewing... until this past weekend that is.  I spent some quality time working on the jacket I started cutting during Cindy's visit last month.

First, a closer look at the fabric. I bought it at my local fabric shop during their annual sale; even at 30% off it was pricey, but I deserve it, right? It's Carolina Herrera, and after some sleuthing on Style.com, I discovered she used it in her Fall 2008 RTW line.


Runway pics from Style.com

It's a plaid wool, what makes it unique is that the right side is really worn and slubby, plus it has black organza stitched on in a diamond pattern. 


Wrong side above, right side below


It's kind of hard to see in the photos; the darker diamonds are the areas where the black organza is.




The pattern I chose is Burda magazine 9-2009-127, a shawl collar double breasted jacket. 


I used Sew Exciting pro-weft fusible in areas that needed stabilizing.

 

Burda tells you to fuse only the armholes on the back pieces, but I went ahead and fused more (in addition to all the hemlines).  I also decided to thread trace and I'm soooo glad I did.  I found that a couple of the pieces had stretched out a bit, probably when I was fusing them.  I was mostly able to steam them back into shape.

On Saturday I sewed up the lining (Bemberg rayon), even before I started the jacket shell, just like Ann told us to.  Ever since I read that tip, I've always sewn my lining first, and I'll never go back.  Today was a furlough day for me so I got the jacket shell done.  Now all that's left is to put those together and stitch some buttonholes...

21 comments:

Cindy May said...

you have the best eye!! dang straight, anyone who picks out something from the runway deserves to have it!

ClaireOKC said...

I always back these loosey-goosey knit/wool type fabrics. If nothing else they prevent any sort of springing - where the fabric can bulge or stretch out - like at the elbow, and have a "bent" arm look, just from wearing. But that's just me. I have a tendency to go all old-school when I'm in doubt about a fabric. I love watching you all do all these creative things with fabrics. Want to hear how you like wearing this jacket after you've finished. It looks really yummy - and like you that fabric is killer delicious.

Gail said...

That fabric is so fantastic, almost makes me wish it was winter. and I hate winter! I love this new Burda pattern.

Shannon said...

Ooo, that fabric is amazing! Can't wait to see the jacket all made up!

Erica B. said...

That fabric is just gorgeous! I can't wait to see your finished jacket!

Little Hunting Creek said...

I love that fabric - it will make a beautiful jacket

Beth said...

This should be beautiful. I'm looking forwards to seeing it when it's done.

Beth

Nancy K said...

An amazing fabric! I am making a motorcycle jacket out of Oscar de la Renta fabric and I block fused it with Pam Enry's black sheer professional. I am glad I did it that way and it really prevents stretching out. It's also low temp that worked with my fabric very nicely.

Trudy Callan said...

What awesome fabric.

The Slapdash Sewist said...

That's going to be gorgeous! That pattern was one of the few things I liked about the Sept issue, can't wait to see how it turns out.

A Sewn Wardrobe said...

That fabric was such an awesome score.

Leslie said...

That is an amazing fabric, and what a perfect pattern for it. Can't wait to see it! Carolina Herrera is definitely one of my favorite fabric 'sources'. LOL

Birgitte said...

LOVE. Will you use a crazy lining like the Herrera coat? That just got the juices flowing, so inspiring.

cidell said...

That's going to be so pretty! I love, love, love plaids ;) I too was furloughed and spent the day in the studio.

Paola said...

I love that fabric, it´s wonderful! Do you will make the jacket alone? Or will skirt the same fabric also?

Carolyn (cmarie12) said...

Can I also say "ooohhhh beautiful fabric?" I'm sure it is going to become one awesome jacket!

senaSews said...

That's really a beautiful fabric. Would love to know how it feels and drapes. I also like your pattern choice. Can't wait to see the jacket made up!

Lindsay T said...

Ooh, I want to make that too. So eager to see it on you.

kate said...

Looking good...can't wait to see it done! The fabric is really unique!
I'm curious about whether you've had any education in sewing. You know so much, and knoledge that seems to go beyond experience.
Keep up the awesomeness- your blog is such a great source of inspiration.

gwensews said...

That's going to be one awesome jacket! Looking forward to the finished product.

Dris said...

I love it! Can't wait to see it at our next meeting!