I AM DONE!! Obviously I am excited that I managed to finish sewing for SWAP 2008. With all that has occurred in my life lately, I had several moments when I didn't think I was going to be able to finish, especially when I managed to pick up a nasty spring cold this past week. But, I persevered and I got all 11 pieces sewn. Now, I just need to get some pictures taken and sent off to Julie of Timmel Fabrics. Now, I finally have time to blog about the garments you haven't seen yet.
I began work on this terracotta wool blend suit ages ago (see previous posts here, here and here). I adore the colour of this wool bend fabric, but man oh man, was it ever nasty to work with! There came many-a-time when I considered balling up both the skirt and the jacket and having at them with a lawnmower! This fabric was difficult to ease and getting an invisible hem was a nightmare (see here). Also, I found out the hard way that this fabric would take on an almost irremovable shine when faced with a hot iron. Aarg!!
But, never one to given in just because of a few setbacks, I managed to tame this fabric beast (with a ton of swearing tossed in for good measure). You have already seen the skirt, but I would like to show you all the jacket to match.
Here's the front of the jacket, which has bound buttonholes and handsewn patch pockets. I had a difficult time choosing just the right buttons, as many of the ones I had in my button stash just weren't right. Finally, I settled on these wine-coloured shank buttons. I was sure that the colour wouldn't work with the jacket, but when I put them together, it was like it was meant to be.
Here's the back of the jacket, showing the small kick pleat at the hip. You can also see the two piece sleeve and the back shoulder darts which I love.
The inside of the jacket was lined from edge to edge using a Anna Sui silk charmeuse that I picked up for a song from Fabric Mart. It feels so delicious and it makes putting on the jacket so easy. I may never line my clothing with anything other than silk charmeuse ever again!
The sleeves (left photo) have bound buttonholes to match the front of the jacket (right photo).