add this stripe jersey
and I have the perfect combination for new spring garments.
At first, I was thinking a skirt and top, as this picture from my pins but I really don't wear skirts that much and I wanted garments that I will wear quite often. A jacket for spring is always a welcome addition to the wardrobe and I selected BWOF 6/2006 #104 for my pattern
I have about 15 BWOF magazines in my collection and always seem to find what I need from these. I haven't subscribed since they changed the layout on the pattern sheets. Let me say, I am probably in the minority but I like the Big 4 pattern companies better than Burda magazine. Yes, many of Burda's designs are fashion-forward yet many can be classic, my jacket pattern is from a 7 year old magazine but I find the tracing monotonous and the directions read like a foreign language at times (lost in translation). For this pattern, I followed some of the directions and others I just constructed it as I thought best.
Once I had settled on my pattern, I could start to plan. What else could I add to this jacket that is on trend and stylish? Floral, of course. Using a floral from my stash, I added piping to the pocket flaps and collar, then I used the fabric for the under collar and cuffs. It adds just enough to really accent the mustard color and keep the spring fashion theme.
Here is a post with a few construction details for this jacket. The jacket itself didn't take long but all the extra piping did add a bit of additional construction time to the jacket but I think it was worth it.
It is hard to see in the constructed photo but the jacket has nice shaping in the front, darts on the sleeves and more darts on the back. All of this does make a great fitting jacket.
I knew all along the stripe knit was going to be the Renfrew t-shirt, it is one of my new favorites. The knit has some color variations, more of a fading in the yardage. I love how this looks, gives the fabric some depth and movement. The stripe comes in four different colorways, I purchased the one called gray 02 stripes. To my eye it is more navy and just the color I wanted paired with the mustard jacket.
Some changes on my Renfrew from the first time I made it -
- cut a size 10 everywhere except the bust, cut a 12. The first time I made it I cut a 14 and ended up taking it in all around.
- cut off 1" from the length, it was too long with the band
- tapered the arms for the 3/4 length sleeves
I paired it all with a black ponte skirt from my closet and I think with the black you see more navy with the knit stripe
When I order fabric from Mood, I usually have a garment or a pattern in mind to make. This project was quite fun, I had the color combination first, then what I thought I would make. After touching and feeling the fabric, then contemplating what my wardrobe needed, my plans changed. I really enjoyed the evolution of this jacket, from something plain to something a bit more suitable for spring and on-trend.
The poplin turned out to be prefect for the jacket, it has nice body, stretch for comfort and a finish that lends itself to outerwear.