Monday, 14 April 2014

GBSB - it's couture week! Vogue 7975

So the final is over and I was sorry that Chinelo didn't win, I think that was down to the tie!   I've been making a Chanel-style jacket (no, not in one day!).  I bought the fabric as a end of roll and it seemed destined to be a Chanel jacket, so enter Vogue 7975.

Now I'm not suggesting this is couture, but I'm pretty pleased and there were a lot of details which the GBSB might have called couture.  The fabric was extremely open weaved, so I had it interline the whole thing with polycotton.

I made matching shoulder pads.  I much prefer the hand-made to shop-bought ones as they are softer and more natural.

I was pretty pleased with the pattern matching-up, which I really did spend time on.  The princes seams match and the most important lines on the sleeve.

..... and on the back ....

My favourite bit is probably the lining!  I've one from thinking that lining should be as cheap as chips to a convert for something gorgeous.  My lining is silk (albeit the wrong side, the right was a very bright acid green).  The sleeve heads were sewn by hand.

I just love the contrast with the fabric!

The hem is slip stitched and you leave a sort of overhang to give ease.

I discovered how to use the right foot for overstitching .... with a guide ... what a revelation.

... and pretty even top-stitching.

It didn't all go well.  I struggled with the pockets and in the end decided to leave them off.  I've never actually managed to make pockets on anything!

Vogue 7975 was a good pattern.  I hardly made any changes cutting my usual size 14.   Apart from fitting the sleeve with a bigger allowance because the shoulder was a little wide I didn't make any other changes.  The instructions were clear  and logical. I also had plenty of help from Bronte who checked the measurements frequently.

I've been enjoying a few days off and the weather today was fabulous and its the first time this year I've been in the garden.

You can see by Jessie's smile what she thought.

Meg prefers the shade.

I'm turning into a bit of a serial project starter.  Last week I showed you two jumpers I have started and this week, I'm afraid there is another.  This will be a lovely light weight sweater and that's my excuse for starting it.  I can see it with View C Zinnia skirt made from chiffon, either pale lilac or light grey.  What do you think?


  1. Oh Mags, please, PLEASE tell me you'll be on GBSB next year!! You're so good at it - seriously, this jacket is just incredible. The quality of your sewing and your finishing is brilliant. I am in awe. I wanted Linda to win, but then when it came down the final three Heather was probably the right choice, her ball gown was good. x

  2. Your so kind Gillian, I can't say how good your lovely comments are for my self esteem. Maybe the year after the next one, when I've speeded up a bit. I think they have to believe you'd be entertaining on TV though! Hope your easter has been great. X

  3. So gorgeous! Love the fabric choices, the colors are gorgeous, and you did an excellent job with the whole sewing steps. Love it!