Last time we had the skirt and top, this time the jacket.
This is my second version of Vogue 7975. I really like this pattern. It's pretty straightforward, and because I made version C, the edge to edge jacket I didn't have to worry about doing a full-bust adjustment (I am a C cup and Vogue is designed for a B cup). I cut my usual size 14 with a 5/8" narrow adjustment to the shoulders and raised the waist by 1", but these are the only changes I needed.
I love the fabric, which is Linton Tweed (yes the original Chanel fabric). Unfortunately this particular design appears to be sold out, but they have many, many other great choices. Linton Tweed is based in Carlisle, only 1 hour from where I live, and I bought this on a visit to their shop with my sewing buddy Gary. This fabric goes beautifully with black, taupe, duck-egg blue and dusky pink.
Most Linton Tweeds are have a rather loose weave which means I interlined all the pieced with polycotton, but because I wanted a fairly soft look, I only interfaced the facings. It is a little challenging getting the seams overlocked before they fray too much.
I am exceptionally pleased with the pattern matching. I took a long time cutting out (and single layers) and then did a bit of unpicking to try and get the best possible effect.
The only tiny slip up was on the neck edge, where you can just see a little difference at the front neck edge.
Stripes continuing into the sleeves. I love the two piece sleeves, much more comfortable, though a challenge to match stripes!
The lining is a sort of bremsilk, which feels lovely, but was a bit thinner than I would have liked, so you can see the jacket seams through it. I catch-stitched all the seams to the polycotton to make sure the seams stay nice and flat.
I would definitely recommend this pattern. It gives a nice easy to wear jacket, and the lack of collar and button-holes make it a good choice for a first jacket. I would also recommend some Linton tweed for the fabric. In fact Gary and I went to the factory shop again this weekend and this time I bought some black to make myself a little black Chanel jacket (this time with buttons and I will be following tailoring techniques).
This weekend I am off to Rome with Dan and Gemma, so hopefully my next post will have a few nice Italian fabrics to show!