This was an epic make and most of the time I loved it. I have made a couple of jackets from Gertie's book, but wanted to try a fully tailored one; enter Vogue 8333; Claire Shaeffer's Custom Couture Collection.
.... and tailored it is! This pattern includes instructions for a fully tailored jacket (as well as a simpler version), and it is pretty fantastic if you can cope with 106 steps. I made version a) the fully tailored one and I have been plugging away at it for months. I attend a sewing class every second Saturday and I use that time to make something more complicated, then sew lots of other things on my own at home, which is why it probably took 3 months to complete. I did enjoy it though, lots of challenges and new techniques.
I thread traced all the seams, darts etc with silk thread (silk thread is fantastic, so much nicer to both sew with and then remove).
More insides showing the cigarette roll on the shoulder under the shoulder pads.
Starting to fit the lining. The lining is put together by machine, but then sewn in entirely by hand, which took me most of a week!
I wish had kept a timing so I could estimate the hours. I love the jacket with the exception of the sleeves, and it must have been worth it because I am contemplating making another with this gorgeous dusty pink silk I bought in Rome. Hopefully I would be quicker on a second attempt.
It's either Vogue 8333 or this Burda 6901 pattern, which I love the shape of, but not sure about the high neck. I wonder if I could adjust it. What do you think?