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.
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??