Wednesday, 29 September 2010
I bought this Japanese pattern book specifically for the jackets on these pages. I have fallen in love with the shape of both jackets, but more specifically their collars - from the beautiful shaping of the Peter Pan collar on the left, to the sweet simplicity of the round neck line on the right-hand jacket.
I have delayed making either, partly because it seemed indecent to make another jacket before the last jacket that I made had even seen the daylight, but also because I couldn't find quite the right fabric.
However, my balloon-sleeved jacket has now had several outings and yesterday I found a delicious fabric. I took my Mama out for lunch to celebrate her birthday in a lovely town about an hour's drive away...one of the shops there has some random bolts of fabric in amongst the bags, blankets and ready-made clothes that they sell and we found this beautiful wool fabric...and despite the fact that it was her birthday, she bought me a metre and half of its loveliness. It is incredibly thick and is just as pleasing on the reverse side, which is important in an unlined jacket.
I'm undecided as to which jacket I'd like to make yet, but intend to make a muslin using something ugly, so that I don't waste any of it.
The cooler weather seems to bring endless dress-making possibilities and only adds to my love of autumn.