Are you a current-season sewer? Or like me, do you also like to create some garments for the upcoming season? I like to do both! For this month, I wanted to make a few transitional garments and when I found this gorgeous boucle, I knew exactly what I wanted to make!
Unfortunately the fabric I used is sold out, but here are some other options for you: Boucle Fabric
One of the things that make boucle fabrics so wonderful to work with is the natural fiber content(s). I am a huge fan of using natural fibers when I can and this one is a wool and cotton blend. (Although you can find some beautiful boucle fabrics with synthetic blends too.)
For the jacket, I interlined the entire body of the garment using fusible mediumweight Pellon interfacing. I chose against interlining the sleeves and am happy with that decision.
I did make some pattern adjustments for fit:
1. Sloping shoulder adjustment
2. Sleeve cap adjustment--this pattern has an unbelievably large sleeve cap and despite my best efforts, it was too much so I shaved some off to get this to look right
To give this a more professional look, I added some interlinings:
1. Used multiple layers of woven interfacing cut on the bias in the sleeve cap area to keep it from collapsing. In addition to the 2 layers of interfacing, I also cut one layer of hair canvas. This also supported the sleeve head and gave it what it needed so the sleeve didn't collapse.
1. I've made this jacket before and even though I love it, I don't think I need two jackets with self fringe on them. I eliminated the fringe, but added a bias-cut center front section.
2. Since the skirt has self-fringe, I decided not to over do the fringe on the jacket. Too much is simply too much!
Did you see my lining? It is by Maggy London, also purchased from FM. I truly wish I'd purchased about 10 yards of this! I love the colors and cute linings make me happy!
I can't tell you how pleased with how well this turned out! I feel like it is a modern 'suit' that will be perfect worn together or as separates.
Thanks for reading!
Sue from Ilove2sew