July 24, 2013

Sew: Colette Patterns Anise Jacket


It. Is. DONE!!

My beautiful fuchsia Anise jacket. I really enjoyed making this jacket. Nothing in this jacket is particularly difficult, it simply takes a long time. I broke it up in to manageable tasks and put it aside when I was lacking the mental strength. I didn't want to stuff it up by sewing when extremely tired or distracted so I made a few simple projects throughout the duration of this jacket construction.

I started with a calico. I know!! How unlike me to actually test a garment. I did cheat and simply used the underlining calico for the jacket body. I automatically did a sway back adjustment, removing 3cm total from the centre back neckline. This proved to be perfect, so I went ahead and made the jacket.



This jacket included many firsts for me. Bound buttonholes, welt pockets, collar plus under collar and underlining. These were all remarkably easy compared to what I thought. I'd psyched myself up and was pleasantly surprised how simple they were. I do like a bit of measuring and ruling. It's the nerd in me.


I lengthened the jacket by 5cm so my shirt wouldn't show as much. I did try 10cm at first but that was too much. The front of the jacket is slightly shorter than back. I didn't notice this until it was too late. If there is a next time, I'll fix that.


I've mentioned before that I bought the lining before the main fabric. I loved the print and knew I wanted a pink Anise jacket. It turned out to be the perfect match. I love the contrast. Unfortunately the lining silk liked to snag despite many new needles.


Project Details
Pattern: Anise Jacket by Colette Patterns, size 14
Fabric: Fuchsia wool blend boucle from Rathdowne Fabrics
Lining: Silk print from The Remnant Warehouse
Alterations: Lengthened by 5cm, sway back adjustment following instructions in the Anise Companion, used one shoulder pad only
Notions: Plastic silver floral print 2.5cm buttons from Rathdowne Fabrics

I didn't use all of the main fabric that the pattern suggested. I have almost a metre left, so if you're going to make this jacket, keep that in mind.


 
I quite like the look of the jacket open. I'm yet to wear it out in public so we'll see how I end up wearing it.
 
A few close ups for your inspection...








I'm ridiculously pleased with myself for making this jacket. I really enjoyed the challenge and taking my time. I should try slowing down more often!!



So, what do you think of my fuchsia jacket??

L x

38 comments:

  1. Love it! The colour is great. And the lining... I'm really impressed you've stuck at it. I've not even taken my anise pattern out of the packet yet and I've had it since it came out! The fit is great. So many new things to learn too.

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    1. Thank you. It was a hard slog but worth it.

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  2. Looks absolutely beautiful - well done for persevering, it looks like your 'manageable tasks' approach worked out brilliantly :)

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    1. Thanks! The companion breaks it down in to 8 days. I probably took 3 days for each day they suggested but it was fun.

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  3. I think it is brilliant. I love the collar and the button holes and the colour is simply stunning. well done :-)

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  4. That colour is beautiful on you! Definitely worth the time and effort - you've done such an amazing job!

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    1. Thanks love! It was fun. Cheers for all the 'text' support.

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  5. It looks FANTASTIC!! Love the colour on you and you have put together one professional looking jacket. You should be super proud.

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    1. Thanks Kirsty! I am very proud of myself.

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  6. You have done such a beautiful job. You have every right to feel so very proud of your work.

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  7. What a cheery colour for a winter jacket. Your hard work has really paid off. A very professional result. You should be very proud of yourself.

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  8. It looks absolutely fantastic. Superb work!

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  9. I've been waiting for this post with bated breath as I am making one too at the moment, a few steps behind. Firstly I love the fabric. The colour is just perfect for you. I love how your back sleeve seam lines up perfectly with your back princess seam. That looks really good. Your bound buttonholes are gorgeous. I made the mistake of working on this jacket when I shouldn't - exactly as you say, this is not a project to work on when very tired or otherwise distracted - which is what I did (doh).

    It's great to see yours finished. It turned out as lovely as I knew it would be. A very professional impeccably made jacket.

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    1. Thanks! Not sure what happened during this make but I really didn't feel pressured to finish. I made myself have no deadline so I could take my time. It really worked. I probably should have had a break with the bound buttonholes as they did get a bit wonky!!

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  10. Absolutely love the rosy cheeks that colour gives you! Well done for slowing down and taking the time to get such a lovely finish. I always love seeing your new makes!

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  11. Those bound buttonholes and welt pockets are perfect - those small details really make your jacket look so professional. Plus what an amazing colour! The length of the jacket is just right to wear with your Anita pants too

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  12. The finish on this jacket is just gorgeous!
    I may have to admit I nearly gasped at your bound buttonholes and welt pockets.
    I worry about sewing jackets but I think if I took a leaf out of your book and went slow I might just be able to make one of these too.
    Thanks for sharing!

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  13. I love the colour. I always thought a hot pink one would rock! Good job on the details too. x

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  14. I love it soooo much I want one!!!... too bad where I live we rarely wear jackets!... You are such an inspiration!

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  15. That colour's lovely on you Leith! And the lining's great.

    KathleenS

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  16. I think it's really pretty! Bright colors are always great for winter and gray days.

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  17. Absolutely gorgeous! I am completely in love with your fushia, the lining and swooning over the buttonholes and seam matching with the sleeves. Lovely, lovely, lovely - you look magnificent in it.

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  18. Well done! That's a big accomplishment!

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  19. Beautiful, and so beautifully sewn.

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  20. cute jacket and the color looks fantastic on you.

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  21. It's gorgeous and so many lovely features. The colour suits you so well.

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  22. All the detail work you did on this jacket really looks good. And pink is perfect.

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  23. Beautifully made and a great fit. The colour is perfect on you too. I am just in the process of muslining this one too, will be interesting to see what alterations I need.

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  24. Love your jacket. It looks fabulous on and suits you. I have some wool fabric in pretty much the same colour & was planning on making a minoru, but might just change to the Anise now! Perhaps a matching skirt with the remaining length of fabric. Then you will have a power suit that packs a bright colour punch!

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  25. Your jacket is fantastic! I love the lining. Well done!

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  26. Your jacket is great. Congrats on the buttonholes and welt pockets Aren't they fun to make?I love adding those details to a garment. I love the colour of your jacket and the lining too!

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  27. This is simply stunning! Such a wonderful job and the tiny details make it so special- the bound buttonholes look fab and I love the lining!

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  28. This colour is sensational!!!!! Congratulations on all the details and making such a statement piece, I'm super impressed and a little jealous of your skill!

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  29. Niiice! Love the colour on you and it's perfect for that pattern. Great lining combo as well, I prefer it at the length you've modified it too. It looked a tad short in couple of other reviews I've seen.

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  30. I love your jacket! Excellent tailoring, and very inspirational!

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  31. Beautiful job!! I love the colour on you & the fabric choices were perfect!! :) Very flattering - it suits you well! :)

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