This is my third time making this jacket. The first one was a bust...serious and total bust. The second one became an essential part of my wardrobe. I've reached for it time and again, for work, dinner with friends, it even went on the cruise with me. So I wanted to make another one from a knit fabric.
See I have this St. John fascination. I love those suits. I love how polished they make a woman look. I love the ornate yet simple silhouettes and it's a style I would like to emulate in my wardrobe, minus the hundreds of dollars a suit costs, of course! I believe that the Butterick 6002 jacket can help me in my quest.
When I was wandering the ponte aisle at Mood, I was drawn to this textured mid weight ponte and knew, just knew that it would work for a cardigan. I want a sweater like jacket to add to the collection (yes, that collection, I told you I added more pieces!!!) and this piece screamed at me, to take it home. I'm telling you people I really do believe that I'm from the Fabric Whisperer tribe.
So I reread the blog post about my last set of alterations, copied and pasted those suckers into a word document and printed them out to go in the pattern folder. As an aside, I try to keep all pertinent information relevant to the construction of a garment in the folder I keep the pattern pieces in. I also try to remember to print out a picture of me wearing the garment and add it to the inside flap of the folder along with the date of the blog post about the garment.
I took scissors to cloth and constructed the shell of the jacket primarily on my serger. Here's a sneak peek of the jacket so far...
See how wonderfully it works with the chocolate basics already constructed! Then I found these buttons in the collection that work so well with the fabric...you know they merge into the colors of the fabric but don't melt in and get lost. Perfect! And they aren't so prominent that they won't play well with the other pieces...a definite win win.
The jacket will be finished this weekend and included in Sunday's photo shoot along with the finished Jason Wu dress and one more dress that I'm working on. I love that this jacket and the Burda cardigan both coordinate with the completed chocolate pieces, as well as, the gray ones that have yet to be sewn.
...as always more later!