The “What? This old thing!” Jacket | Sarah Gabbart
Fabric: Wool tweed (5.5 yards at $18 a yard – not cheap, but worth it!); Organza lining ($3 a yard) both from Gorgeous Fabrics
Pattern: Colette Lady Grey
Year: c. 2009
Notions: Vintage button – $1 for a pack of 4 (only used one! So, 25 cents actually)
Time to complete: Too many to count
First worn: March 2011
Wear again? Yes.
Total Cost: $99.25
Anyone who has been in my home in the past 6 months has seen "the shell." It haunted my office cabinet ever since Gertie started a sew-a-long for the adorable Lady Grey jacket pattern. I"ll have this done by Christmas!" I said confidently. This was November 2010.
Back in November I lovingly cut all the pieces for a muslin (with thread traced seam lines), made one to fit my oddly shaped torso, hand stitched the horsehair canvas to the shell fabric and assembled the shell like it was the only jacket I would ever wear. Then it sat there. And sat there.
Fast forward to this week when I dug through a mountain of fabrics to find the missing lining pieces for this yet-unfinished masterpiece of a jacket. Two pieces were missing and so was the green fabric I used for the lining, so I improvised with some grey-green organza that I had lying around and make a cool, two-tone lining on the inside!
To insert the lining, I did something called "bagging." I have never done this before, but it proved to be the easiest thing ever. Hat tip to Threads for all the help on getting it to work so easily!
This jacket is supposed to have a waist tie, but it had been so long since I had cut the pieces that locating the tie piece proved to be difficult. So I left it out! I never use a tie waist anyway, so it was an easy decision to make!
And just like she knew what I was up to, Mother Nature sent a cold front to Texas (it was 80 last Friday and was 60 Tuesday!) to that I could enjoy one outing in my new winter coat!