Wednesday, January 09, 2013

Purple Pleasant Jacket & The Floral Dress

The Reveal ~
I originally wrote the last post including this one but it was getting to long even for me. So I split them into two posts. Sorry for making you wait for the reveal, but believe me you didn't want to wade through a post twice this size!

Next I have to tell you that this dress is not the final dress for the dress/jacket combo!  It's the filler dress.  See my photographer can only fit me in every other Sunday and I almost missed the light this Sunday due to the nerve of someone wanting hair extensions!  I really wanted pics of the jacket because I put a lot of hard work into it. So I banged out a quick TNT dress in the purple floral doubleknit to wear with the jacket for photos.





Let's start with the jacket. Here's the post that discusses the idea for the dress and jacket.  

Stats ~
Pattern:
Vogue 8815 - top with long sleeves morphed into a jacket pattern

Fabric:
Wool blend with fusible knit interfacing already attached

Notions:
4 - 1" black buttons
aubergine rayon lining
1/4" shoulder pads

Construction ~
Pattern alterations were fully discussed in the first & second posts. All the construction info was in my last post. After trying the jacket on, I realized that my shoulders are not as square as Lulu's so I needed a little filler. I  rummaged around in my shoulder pad drawer and came up with two choices. The 1/4" shoulder pads worked best.

Conclusion ~
I like the jacket and I don't like many jackets these days.  It's a different look for me and I can wear a belt with it - which is my new thing these days!  Look Ma, a belt, haven't seen one of these since the 80's!  Guess that treadmill walking is paying off ~ or everything is falling below the Mason-Dixon line! *LOL*  I don't know if I would make this again as a jacket.  I think I would like to try it as a top with a pencil skirt under it.  We'll see though because I have ALOT of things on my sewing list!

The Dress


This is my TNT dress without all the bells and whistles.  This dress is unlined ~ I will wear a slip underneath it.  There are no facings or sleeves in it.  It is simply the fabric making it work.  The fabric arrived in a box while I was on my sewcation, sshhhhh, don't tell anyone okay, because it really was Linda's fault.  She showed this fabric on her blog and I just had to have some in both colorways!  Okay before you say it, I will just say it for you, yes, I know I'm a fabric piggy. *hanging head in shame*  But in my defense, this didn't even make it off the cutting table because it played so nice with the purple wool blend!

I did remember some of my "good" sewing techniques because there are two strips of ltwt. knit fusible interfacing down either side of the dress' center back so that the invisible zipper wouldn't ripple when inserted.  And I did add seam tape to the shoulder seams to help with stabilizing the shoulders.  Otherwise this is a cut, sew and wear dress.  The neckline, hemline and armholes were all pressed flat with a little stitch witchery added to them, then topstitched with a twin needle.  Done, done, done...I think it took me three hours from the first pin to the last stitch.

However, I really want to make a dress with the purple fabric as the skirt, y'know how I originally saw the dress & jacket.  I've got this great silk print to use as the top of the dress.  Here is the fabric combo...


I will be working on the dress this weekend...starting with my TNT dress pattern, of course.

A few more pics...




...as always more later!



52 comments:

  1. Oh I think that last photo is my favorite - the jacket belted and partially unbuttoned. You have such a huge grin on your face and the Little Prince -who's not so little anymore. Great photos! g

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  2. I know jackets aren't your favourite thing but this really looks great on you. It's very flattering.
    Great pics.

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  3. Awesome jacket and the "filler dress"is wonderful. Those colors lift the gloom of winter away.

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  4. I just started following your blog and I am so inspired by you. I particularly love this jacket on you. I might just have to tackle one myself.

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  5. Stunning - absolutely stunning. I think this whole outfit is one of my favourites of yours.

    I am currently working with Vogue 8815 as a top but working through it with the craftsy class which shows it as both a buttoned and zipped jacket and I have plans for a short sleeved buttoned jacket/top and a zipped raincoat using this pattern so I was thrilled to see you sew it up as a jacket.

    I know that the dress is a fill in but it looks spectacular with the jacket. I loved the fabric so much I had to buy it so both you and Linda enabled me..

    That outfit is beautiful.

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  6. The print is beautiful...I wouldn't call it a 'filler dress' even if that's what you made it for! It looks beautiful on you, both with and without the jacket, plus I think it's very slimming.

    Your jacket is way way prettier than the one in the Lord and Taylor ad!!!

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  7. Another fantastic sew, Carolyn! The colours are gorgeous, and I envy you being able to wear that cute belt. I think it was the 80s last time I wore a belt, too :)
    The goodies just keep popping out of that Sewing Cave!

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  8. Love it! I think I might need to copy your jacket, it looks fantastic! I love the look of it belted with a skinny belt too.

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  9. The jacket is lovely! It works just fine with your "filler" dress.

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  10. How i love this jacket. You look fabulous in it. I think the belt is perfect

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  11. I love the last photo too. Don't you love being able to create your own clothes!

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  12. That's a really lovely outfit. I love purple and you wear it well.

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  13. That's a really lovely outfit. I love purple and you wear it well.

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  14. The belt is really working for you, so whatever you are doing, keep doing it. Love the outfit and the filler dress is a killer!

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  15. I don't know if it is the purple, the peplum or the belt but that is a sensational jacket for you. Not to mention the dress that you casually whipped up in 3 hours, if that isn't a great promotion for having a TNT dress pattern I don't know what is.

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  16. You look so happy! I would be too if I had that outfit :)

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  17. Hmm... I love this jacket on you. It really works for you. I love it with that fabulous dress. You have looked wonderful the last two posts.

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  18. Great combination of jacket and dress. I love the fabrics for your next combination.

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  19. Marvelous jacket. You look great in this outfit. If having a matching ponte print knit for a filler dress is not the best reason to have a large fabric stash, I don't know what is!
    -Sewingelle

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  20. The sewing saga gets better and better. Love the jacket and the belt combo. I didn't get to comment on the black/leather dress the other day which was an awesome dress. You are seriously cranking out some great looking clothes and they look great on you which is what it's all about.How you get all this sewing done and go to work makes me think I need a time manager for intervention. Lol!

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  21. Wow! just WOW! The color, the cut, everything is just fantastic. Great job!

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  22. This looks great on you Carolyn. Very flattering and so business chic.

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  23. Great jacket Carolyn! I like the jacket without the belt, but absolutely love it with the belt. Any tips on where to find cute plus sized belts? I like skinny belts, but many of them are too short for my large but still defined waist! TIA

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  24. The fabric of the dress suits you really well, It is very springy ! I see that you used shoulder pads, have you noticed that many garnements in stores don't have shoulder pads but just some padding at the top of the sleeve to give it structure ? Interesting idea no ?

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  25. Yes, yes, and yes! Such great work! The dress is fabulous, and such happy colors!

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  26. The belted look is really working for you. You look AWESOME. TFS

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  27. I love the jacket on you, and with the matching skirt it will be boffo.

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  28. "Pleasant" seems like much too "meh" a word for this great jacket!

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  29. This jacket and the sheath dress with the faux leather trim are both stunning. I have lurked around watching all the beautiful things you make for a long time. You really inspire me. hanks for sharing.

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  30. Beautiful combo. Happy new year

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  31. Your dress is very pretty, and the jacket is fabulous. Such a pretty blue.

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  32. This ensemble looks wonderful

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  33. the outfit is beautiful, the jacket worked out great and I think you should do more belts, it looks great with this outfit for sure

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  34. What a great combination! I love the dress and the jacket is gorgeous... I so wish it was cold enough where I live for a combination like this.

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  35. love it!!! the filler dress is a gorgeous print.....

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  36. THIS is a thrown together look??!?! Idk what I've been doing then ;o) Beautiful!!!

    I love how you've adapted the pattern. Another check mark in your pattern adapting genius column!

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  37. I have been waiting for you to finish that jacket :) I LOOOOOVVVVVVEEEE it. And the filler dress...Are you kidding me, it's FAB! What a great combo.

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  38. WoW! This is a fantastic look on you.... let me say it again, WoW!!! I really like it with the print dress, but am also pretty darn sure the solid-skirt, print-top dress will also be a winner. Really like every single thing you make, but this one is making me swoon.

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  39. Great outfit, Carolyn! Love that thin belt on the jacket.

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  40. Yes WOW!!! You look absolutely FANTASTIC in this outfit! I LOVE the peplum jacket on you, it's totally gorgeous. Until now I wasn't interested in peplums at all, but seeing your's makes me want to try one myself!

    I can't believe that's just a "filler" dress! It's lovely!! And just 3 hours! Man, I've got to get my a$$ in gear and make up a TNT dress pattern, I LOVE this idea!

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  41. This outfit looks great on you. You have been on a role lady. Your Lafayette dress is amazing. Beautiful job on both outfits. Kudos to you. You are the TNT Queen. I can't wait to see the dress with the matching skirt to this jacket.

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  42. Your jacket looks so gorgeous on you and that dress ... the fabric is freaking gorgeous!! Nice work :)

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  43. Beautiful, as usual, Carolyn. The colours are gorgeous and the jacket looks fantastic, especially with the belt.

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  44. Again you have knocked it out of the ball park Carolyn! This entire outfit is beautiful!

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  45. I have to start with the last photo - look at your grandbaby! He is gorgeous!
    OK, the "filler" dress is amazing.
    LOVE.THE.JACKET.
    that's all.

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  46. What a lovely, chic outfit! I love the entire ensemble. The jacket is a dream!

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  47. Carolyn - I love the way you pulled it all together. This outfit looks absolutely marvelous on you. The little man looks like he could be a handful sometimes. I'm sure he keeps you busy and brings you hours and hours of joy.

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  48. What a great pairing! The jacket is so flattering on you, and the color and construction are perfect.

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