Last weekend we had a big reshuffling. #2 daughter came to visit. #1 daughter had a birthday celebration and also came back to work for me, resulting in a much calmer week (of course I was also sleeping in till 5:00 or later, so that may be part of it as well). #2 son left for his college. #1 son and I started back to school as well, here in our county.
#2 daughter and I had a sewing day. She’s making this dress of chocolate brown satin. In fact, she has a set of glamorous origami-styled sheaths and a jacket planned. She bought a bunch of menswear-with-a-twist fabrics at the Hancock’s MLK Day sale, so she has a camel herringbone with metallic gold sparkles, a black and mahogany houndstooth check, stuff like that. It’s going to make a beautiful work wardrobe, and then she can pull off the jacket and go out to dinner.
I made the jacket below. Note how it has no buttonholes, topstitching, collar notches or any hard parts. I didn’t even have trouble setting in the sleeves. It’s a Sewing with Nancy pattern. I plan to make it again. If I had the skills, I could redraw the collar piece (it’s just revers, I think, if I’m using the word correctly, rather than a proper collar) into a different shape and make it look quite different.
Even without those skills, though, I think I could make it in a drapey solid with the attached sash and it would look different.
I finished it over the course of the week, and you can see it below (wow, it needs pressing, doesn’t it?). I think it works well with the teal wool suit I made last year, so I believe I’ll make a matching skirt so I can swap back and forth. If the skirts are the same shape, that ought to work. Neither of these jackets came with a skirt in their patterns. The teal skirt is a basic pencil skirt with no waistband or pockets or anything. Very nice with the new jacket.
The new jacket fabric is a tweedy wool with a bit of a check effect in a blue green, caramel, and brown mixture that I’m completely failing to capture here. The green is like a mallard green or bottle green, not very obvious in the fabric until you put the same shade up against it, at which point it comes up very brightly.
So this week I think I will sew a blouse in blue-green cotton to go with it, and perhaps also the matching skirt.
I have some caramel colored wool that would make a nice skirt, a dark brown fabric suited to pants, several blouse lengths in various blue-green shades, a sturdy jersey in aubergine, and some jacquard linen in a shade of burgundy that looks very good with the other colors.
In short, I have the makings of a SWAP, if I can be disciplined about taking the time to sew. I do have some work to do today, plus housework and errands, but I’m optimistic.
Here’s the other pattern I’m thinking of using. The jacket in the photo above was made from a Vogue pattern, not from this one, though the styles are similar. If I use the pants and skirt patterns from this ensemble, they should work well with that jacket.
Then I could also make one or both versions of the jacket in a dark brown or charcoal gray.
Note how having finished ONE sewn item (apart from pressing it) makes me imagine that I will be able to sew up a whole wardrobe for myself?
But if I do one piece a week, I’ll be able to do just that. There are 11 pieces in a classic SWAP and 11 weeks from now is merely the beginning of April. Then I could switch over to warm weather clothes and have another complete SWAP before it cools off in the fall.
It could happen.