The Otherside Of The Game Jacket
I love that jacket up there, I spied it in my new favourite fashion book ‘New African Fashion’ by Helen Jennings the designer, Gloria Wavamunno. I just love the cut of the sleeve along with the ankara fabric to me, this makes my heart sing but first lets fill out The facts before I get too excited.
Fabric: Black suiting fabric from Rathdowne Fabrics $5 a metre, Rayon Ankara inspired fabric, Lining- Anglaise from LeStash. Interfacing, Piping (handmade Why? who really knows).
Pattern: McCall’s M4928.
Notions: Shoulder pads and two big buttons pulled from an old coat that has seen better days.
Time to complete: about 10 CD’s and 1 ‘This American Life’ podcast.
First worn: for the photo’s.
Wear again: over and over.
Total price:approx tweentybuckaroonies.
Remember when the Balmain jacket was big a couple of years back? you would see this baby on the hot shoulders of some fancy model or socialite on Jak & Jill Blog doing her best walk for Tommy Tom in a gorgeous pair of Louboutins, I would right-click and save these images to my “one day I’m going to make that little piece of awesomeness’ folder on my hard drive. I really want to be that person, the person who can see something and sew it to the best of her ability. The sleeves are a slightly different shape but whose judging, the silhouette of this jacket is exactly what I was after.
Here is the jacket standing in a vacant laneway in Fitzroy Melbourne with a face that is trying really hard not to laugh, hubby was yelling out ‘come on baby work it’ and then fell flat on his arse in the process it was a funny moment so much so I almost twisted my ankle in my favourite red-hot wedges on the uneven ground from laughter. If there were any onlookers they would of thought we were liquored up.
so I think it’s best I hold on to something and talk more about the construction of this jacket. This pattern has always been a breeze to work with in fact it’s my go-to jacket pattern. I omitted the pockets, I wanted the black and white gingham piping to run down the side front panels and the side back panels to break things up a bit, it adds more definition and gives the back detail something to talk about because the ankara is only on the front. The ankara is rayon so I cut the front panels in the suiting fabric for the ankara fabric to sit on, the inner front panels are of course interfaced. The lining is angalise I’m not too sure if this is suitable I’m working on culling from Le stash and I’m really not the kind of gal who sticks to the rules. It feels good on! I’m going with it.
Onto those sleeves, I copied the original sleeve onto butchers paper and modified the top extending and squaring off to give it that boxy look, this took a couple of goes to get it to the way I wanted it to sit, once I was happy I copied the extended section only along with the arch of the top of the jacket and cut this in the black suiting along with heavy interfacing applied to the top of the sleeve as well. Fitting the copied-smaller-piece to the jacket took sometime, I basted, tried her on and adjusted things until it sat right and then just went for it. It sits perfectly, it was well worth all the fussing about.
I didn’t follow the instructions sometimes I don’t, it slows me down and confuses me leaving me scratching my head saying what tha? I have little patience for the What Tha!! The last step was the collar, I sewed the bottom of the jacket closed and pulled it right way round through the collar opening. The collar went on famously, is this correct? in my sewing book it is.
Do you have a fashion hero?