March 10, 2007

V. 8146 - Finally Done!

I finally completed the infamous V. 8146 swing jacket! Check below for a quick slideshow of the completed garment. The jacket in gray wool started out as a 'muslin' in preparation for using an inspiration fabric that I purchased at Mood Fabrics this summer. Little did I know that I would end up loving this little jacket and ultimately deciding to save my inspiration fabric for a different design. Back to V.8146.... I made several alterations - some in the planning/design phase and several on the fly as the garment progressed! I lengthened the jacket as well as the sleeves before I cut the fabric. I would definitely make the same adjustments for the length if, no - when, I make this jacket again. However, I might try the next jacket with the 3/4 length sleeve as the pattern is designed. Because of the back inverted pleat, the back of the collar was VERY bulky - especially since the garment is made from medium weight wool. The jacket is unlined and does not include a back facing. I opted to add a back facing just in case I wanted to line the jacket. To avoid the "back bulk (!)" I used a wonderful silk dupioni for the under collar, back facing, sleeve hems (the photo above shows both sleeve options), and bias binding on the facings and the hem.

4 comments:

Mary Beth said...

Very nice, Laura. I like the dupioni under collar. What size did you cut?

Laura Lee said...

Mary Beth...
I used a 12 and it seemed to fit pretty well except that I am very long waisted and had to make my usual 1.5 inch adjustment for that...

I am looking forward to making the jacket again for the summer - not sure about my fabric choice though! And I think I see a velvet one coming on for next fall/winter!

Thanks again for sharing all your experience and information! I visit your blog nearly every day looking for inspiration!

Cheers
Laura

Ladybug said...

Very nice work, Laura. I hope to sew like that sometime soon...you inspire me :)

Laura Lee said...

Mary Beth
I fall between a 12 and a 14 for Vogue patterns but I cut a 12 - a roll of the dice!
Laura