Friday, March 4

That Denim Jacket: The Wardrobe Fit-Along Continues

Unless you regularly read my blog, subscribe to my YouTube channel or follow me live on Pericope, you wouldn't know that I have been consistently working on a Wardrobe Fit-Along since July of last year 2015 in collaboration with Sew Much Fabric, an online fabric store based out of Texas.  We began with the White Shirt, then the Sheath dress, then I took a holiday break and did a holiday sequin skirt tutorial.  Currently we have been working on the denim jacket.  This Wardrobe Fit-Along is an ongoing process that I have been making regular videos for in order to discuss and tackle particular fitting issues found with each particular garment type and style in relation to different body compositions.  
Vogue 9037....Wardrobe Fit-Along












As for this jacket, I was not going to make it....I complained the collar was too big for my bust, then I complained that I didn't like the way the back hikes up, and the front draped.... I bet I am one of the most stubborn person this wardrobe consultant has probably ever provided services for.  I have given her more grief and dismay along the way, than I care to admit, over her suggestions and recommendations for what items I should make for myself.  Yet every single time, I am giddy about the make, and it looks just as nice as she had said it would.  
Vogue 9037
So, why then, do I complain so much along the way.  Well, lets see, I'm just that kind of person, and it takes a special person to work with me.  Yeah, that's the answer and I'm sticking with that story.  I don't particularly like the little tie belt, however, I didn't realize it would be a problem until I wore it to my function.  So next time, I may make a regular "belt" with this fabric.  I left the snaps out for no reason except, I just couldn't find them...and I wanted to wear the jacket NOW.  You know right?
Vogue 9037
The jacket was extremely easy to construct...I mean easy, like my granddaughter could do it minus the hong kong treatment I did to the seams.  That part wasn't necessary with this unlined faced jacket.  I just couldn't stand the thought of seeing a lot of bare seams meandering about inside my clothes.  I just could not have that, it just isn't pretty right?
So, if you want to continue keeping up with my shenanigans and wardrobe building, while learning something along the way, just stay tuned and subscribe to my YouTube Channel.  I have plenty more fun, basics to fight about, fitting lessons to teach, and sewing tips and techniques to share.  Because that is what I do....I love to teach you what I learn along the way.  


As for helping you know exactly "what" looks good on your body, check-in with Roz each week, because "that is" what she does, a fantastic well educated textiles professional who is well trained in the art of wardrobe building.  Together, we are a powerful force. Now, all I need to do is find a dependable carpenter to get my sewing studio in order, and I'll be able to sew more wardrobe staples faster.

Construstions Details:

I did a preliminary tissue fitting of the pattern to determine any major adjustment that may have been needed.  Usually, that is what I do to determine if I need to make a muslin.  I try not to always go right into an muslin fitting, because there are so many major adjustments that can be revealed by just holding the pattern up to your body or pinning it in place to check for issues.  In this case I checked the position of the tucks and whether I needed to lengthen the waist, etc.

Pattern Alterations:
This is Vogue 9037.  I cut a size 14. You can take a look at the video here for a thorough explanation of the changes I made and why. In this video I did not mention that I removed 2 inches from the bottom length of the front towards the end of construction.  I just did not like that sloppy, floppy look for my taste.  (1"FBA, Shifted the tucks for balance, sway back adj., and took out a little on the back neck, and did a wedge tuck in the lapel.)

Fabric: Linen/Cotton blend I purchased from Sew Much Fabric...this one is sold out, but her is the link for the black. http://stores.smfabric.com/linen-blend-denim-black/

Have you been following along with my Wardrobe Fit-Along for the last few months?  I would like to know if what I have been venturing on for all to see has been helping you or anyone you know.


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