I made this from Ikea fabric and whenever I wear it I just wanna shout, “START THE CAR!!”
The pattern is the Surtout coat and jacket from Ensemble Patterns, cropped version. I was intrigued by the large lapels and boxy, cropped shape. (But note that I had a bit of a helluva time working out parts of the instructions. I don’t recommend this pattern for beginners!)I fear this is not the right shape for my personal style, however. As boxy, cropped silhouettes force their way more and more into current fashion (for both tops and bottoms), on one hand I am interested in this new shape but on the other I am starting to realize that it’s maybe too much for my petite frame and personal style preferences. As a devoted reader of Doctor T’s blog, in which she wrote at length about the Kibbe Style types, I believe I am what’s called a ‘dramatic classic’ — a type which looks best in long, clean lines. But who cares when there’s a fabulous new jacket pattern to be tried, amirite???The fabric is a fairly heavy-weight cotton (canvas, I think), which I purchased from Ikea last year to make the bag below. Since they will only cut in multiples of full meters at Ikea, I got 2 meters and managed to get both the bag and the jacket out of it. But only just barely! It was a masterful bit of Tetris I played with the pattern pieces and I even had to cut a few off-grain.The fabric is the perfect weight for a jacket but it’s super wrinkle-prone. I’m embracing the wrinkles as part of the look (particularly since I can’t even get some of them out with my iron on full blast).
It has pockets! (Although there were these mystifying ‘pocket facing’ pieces in the pattern that I had no idea what to with — even after carefully scrutinizing the instructions. I ended up just leaving them out and the pockets seem to have turned out just fine. Go figure.) And check out those cool, angled sleeve seams:Looking at these pictures, I think my hem may be crooked. Oops! And I hadn’t even finished the hems of the sleeves. But I had to take emergency pictures, even without the jacket completely finished or completed pressed, because I was having a good hair day! Pictures, NOW!!!!Look, I did bias-bound seams inside! I was about to remark on how unlike me that is, because it took extra time and effort, but I notice in the picture I didn’t bother binding the edges of the pocket bags for some reason. So no need to panic, that is still SO ME.
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