Last fall I was in my local fabric store one last time before they closed FOREVER…..still not over it….and this beautiful burnout velvet called my name…..
How could I resist….and it was like 50% off, because like I said the store was closing….can we have a moment of silence please? Thank you. Anyway, I bought 3 yards of it, because, well because it was pleading with me to take it home, and I believe that it was my duty to stash it safe and sound in my fabric closet. Then Vogue 8885 (view D) came along and I thought that it was a match made in heaven.
I must say, it turned out pretty much how I had pictured it.
This is an unlined jacket, and the wrong side shows in the front. Just what I wanted for this lovely piece of fabric.
I love the back, almost more than the front. The lower ruffle adds an unexpected touch to the jacket.
This is me, asking my husband if he can see the ruffle….
The pattern calls for a 5/8″ hem, which gives the front edges a very nice look. The fabric was fiddly, and I had a hard time folding up a nice even edge, so I first stitched a 5/8″ line of stitching all the way around the edge. I then pressed the raw edge up to the stitching line, and then turned it again along the stitching line to enclose the raw edge.
I have a few caveats about the pattern: 1) the pattern sheet graphics are wrong, not the wording, but the line drawings.
Step 2 says to stitch the WRONG SIDES together…this is correct. The line drawing shows stitching the RIGHT SIDES together….this is WRONG. So, if you make up this pattern, ignore the line drawings and do what the text says.
Speaking of the center back seam, after wearing this today I decided that I wanted to tack down the center back seam to keep it in place, so I found an lovely orphan button in my stash and stitched it on.
This is also a good look at the WRONG SIDES together neck center back seam :).
Okay, where were we? Oh yes, caveat 2). The armsyce is high and the sleeves are narrow, so I don’t think this would be very comfortable over something with long sleeves. While we are talking about sleeves, the line drawing looks like a set-in sleeve, but there is actually a small amount of gathers at the sleeve head….just so you know.
Happy Memorial Day Weekend. Thank you to all who have served!