I got a touch of sewing fever last week and completed my trial version of this pattern:
This is A Little Somethin' Jacket from CNT Patterns. I got it for myself as a souvenir from Sew Creative, in Ahsland, while we were there to see Two Gentlemen of Verona. Sew Creative gives a class on making this jacket, and if I lived closer than 410 miles I would sign up in a heartbeat. I bet it would be a guaranteed good time.
Instead I had to muscle through on my own, which turned out not to be so bad at all. There were a couple of tricky bits, like having to pivot a few tight
corners while constructing the shawl collar, but the instructions were
very clear and it all worked out fine.
I had seen a few samples of the pattern made up at Sew Creative and thought that the simple shape would let me play with a special fabric. It would even be fun to try something artsy, like stenciling.
To me, the style is a bit like the waterfall cardigans that I've been admiring on all my sewing lady's blogs, but with a bit less volume than some of the patterns I've researched. As a short brick I worry about too much fabric floating loose around my mid-section. This pattern has a pretty flat back and just a few ripples at the front lapels. As a waterfall, it's more of a Bridal Veil than a Niagara.
I used some fairly heavy, drap-y rayon jacquard I got at Loes Hines shop in Carmel years ago, when I was first beginning to be enchanted by sewing again. If you're ever in the area, it's a blast to stop by. The shop is stocked with gorgeous clothes made from her designs in a variety of really luscious fabrics. She used to sell her patterns there too, along with some truly beautiful fabric remnants, but last time I stopped by she had carved it down to just the finished clothing. So fun to try on.
I really love this fabric, but I think as a jacket it's a bit too "me" colored. Of course, back when I bought it my hair wasn't quite so grey so there was a little more contrast. It would probably look better with a scarf, or a blouse with a smooth neckline and a bit more color. And something besides wrinkled twill trousers. Overall I do like the neutral color and I think the drape of the fabric is really nice for this pattern. I'm glad I finally bit the bullet and cut into this yardage, instead of taking it out to pet every 3 years and then re-stashing.
My review of the pattern is at PatternReview.com here.