Thursday, April 11, 2013

Seafoam Linen Jacket

I know you all think all Lori can make is jackets, right?  Two of my three posts have been jackets for the Mood Sewing Network, well I am going to up the odds to three out of four.  I do have a thing for jackets, especially in the spring, when a light jacket is just what you need for the cool, crisp air.  This time I wanted a very versatile jacket, one you could wear with so many outfits.  I also wanted to use a good color for spring, something to freshen up my closet and existing garments, so I picked this seafoam linen - which is very similar to  the popular mint color.



The description from Mood's online store "This is a medium weight woven linen blend with a very soft yet textural hand."

With this description in mind, I selected  a jacket I had made before, Simplicity 2250


 which is also a favorite of fellow Mood Sewing Network blogger, Erica

Since I had made this jacket before, I had a few changes: make a size bigger (I never liked how close-fitting my first one was), lower the bust dart, add 1" to the length of the body and make the sleeves long instead of 3/4 length.  I wanted the ability to roll up the sleeves, so I sewed a partial flat-felled seam on the sleeve, to clean finish the seam.  

Let's go back to the lower the bust dart, this is an alteration I probably should have been doing forever. I am long from the shoulders to the bust apex.   I really noticed this in my navy peplum top, so read in my Palmer and Pletsch fitting book.  The pattern altering is a breeze and one I will continue to do.


So follow along with a picture-filled post, showing the jacket with many items from my closet.  I think it shows how much use I will get with this jacket.  

First with a Maxi-dress


Next up black and white knit tank dress


How about a gray knit maxi skirt and white v-neck tshirt? I think yes.



Two pictures of that one, so you can appreciate the 25-30 mph winds, does good things to the clothing and the hair!

Keeping with the white v-neck t-shirt, change to white jeans and floral wedges

another winner, I think.

Finally, skinny jeans and a striped t shirt

Which was to be my outfit for dinner out with hubby on Saturday night, but dinner out turned into visiting our 5-week old grandson for two hours.  I am sure my grandson thought Nana looked great!  We both thought it was a wonderful date night.
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Here is a close-up of the jacket, so you can see some of the details.


My seafoam linen is the perfect weight and drape for a spring to summer jacket, I love the color and the possibilities for my wardrobe. Plus, Simplicity 2250 is a great pattern.  My favorite look is probably the maxi-skirt, followed by the white jeans, oh, wait maybe the striped t-shirt, but wait, I like the stripe dress, too.  Oh, forget it, just like a favorite candy bar, I can't pick just one.  What about you, do you have a favorite?

Final parting shot, this is the picture my camera took as the wind blew over the tripod

I did run up and catch it before it hit the ground, didn't know I could move so fast!




22 comments:

  1. Very versatile. Great colour.

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  2. Wow! It looks fantastic with EVERYTHING! I am always going for patterns with lots of extra details, but I think this shows just how useful a minimalist piece can be. You've sewn it so beautifully that the simplicity looks elegant and restrained. I really like it.

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  3. what a versatile jacket! It really works for so many different looks, but I certainly have to pipe in about "all Lori can do is sew jackets".
    My impression has been "Lori can sew anything"
    :)

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  4. What a pretty pop of color for spring/summer. It looks nice with all your outfits, and really coordinates with the stripe dress. Very nice.

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  5. Beautiful jacket and so versatile.

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  6. I think Robin is right. Lori can sew anything! Great choice
    for your wardrobe. Looks pretty on you too.

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  7. Great color, looks good with everything.

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  8. Wow! It looks good with each and every thing you wore it with! Bravo!

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  9. Your jacket is awesome with all those outfits. The color is so pretty. I know you will enjoy wearing it.

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  10. Beautiful color! great to see how it fits in your wardrobe!

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  11. All of those combos look great, but I like it best with the black and white stripe knit dress. Great job! That color is just beautiful and perfect for spring. I wish you had shown a close up of the inner sleeve finish you described so that you could roll them up!

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  12. You picked the right colour, fabric and jacket pattern. It's such a versatile piece.
    Think of the dash to catch the tripod as toddler chasing practice.

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  13. It's a wonderful jacket and I'm sure you'll get tons of wear out of it. I'd love to see it paired with a floral dress. I don't have a favorite of the outfits you put together - I think they are all fabulous! g

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  14. This color is divine on you! Beautiful...

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  15. Perfect lightweight jacket in a popular color. I love posts like this that show all the ways a garment will be worn. I can't really pick a favorite, but it does look extra fantastic with the white jeans.

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  16. This is gorgeous! I love the color so much, and I love the casual shape of this jacket. It's so fun to see all the different outfits you've come up with-- thanks for sharing the photos!

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  17. Love the color, love the lines of the jacket, and love how it goes with EVERYTHING!

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  18. Fantastic job, what a great look. I would have never guessed that mint green would be such a versatile colour.

    Christiana
    sewamusing.blogspot.com

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  20. Love it, Lori. Every look is SO amazing, but I especially like the jacket+maxi combo. You look awesome

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  21. LOVE that green jacket and how versatile it is! My favorite is the white jeans combo.

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  22. Love the colour it is so versatile! Now I remember why I wanted to keep this pattern - for the jacket! But instead I sold it because I had forgotten this point! Susan

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