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The Home-Made Bride’s Jacket

11 Aug

MOD TARTAN

In Edinburgh last year, I bought the most beautiful black and white tartan from Edinburgh Fabrics. If you’re in Edinburgh, you should stop by. Even if you don’t make clothes, the shop is amazing!

Wool black and white tartan

Wool black and white tartan

I wrote a post a couple of months ago about this wool tartan, which I’ve called ‘mod tartan’, and said that I was going to use v2934. I knew that it was going to be very cold on my wedding day, and that I would need something to wear over my wedding dress if needed. It turned out that I really did need it, because the maximum temperature was 7 degrees celsius, with a windchill of -5!

The cat, inspecting the wedding dress fabrics

The cat, inspecting the wedding dress fabrics

I laundered it in Softly, and laid it out for cutting. To match the lines across the front panels, I cut it single thickness. Then, when unpinning the paper, I moved a few pins to the other side, flipped it over to show the material side up and placed that over the rest of the fabric to line up all the lines. When I couldn’t tell where the fabric stopped and the already-cut piece began, I removed the cut fabric and pinned the pattern piece there. Whew! Just explaining that was hard. It was easier in real life.

The actual jacket didn’t take long to make – it’s a very simple jacket. The armscye is basically at the waist, and it looks rather like a stingray when in pieces. I didn’t put any interfacing in it because I wanted extra drape.

I lined it in navy blue silk satin, to tie in with the wedding dress.

Navy blue silk satin lining

Navy blue silk satin lining

It took a bit of pressing, and positioning of the lining before hand-sewing it.

Before frog clasps

Before frog clasps

I decided I wanted frog clasps to fasten it – my then-fiance (now husband!) is a frog ecologist, so the name really appealed to me! They also happened to look really good. I used a charcoal coloured clasp.

The end result is that I have a jacket that I absolutely love, that I can wear again and again to remember my lovely wedding day. It’s a very flattering pattern, and looks surprisingly good with jeans.

Windy, cold day!

Windy, cold day!

Good result!

Good result!

 

 

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