Achievement Unlocked: The Cordova Jacket

Ack, I keep getting behind on my posts! But I guess that sewing faster than you can blog is kind of a nice problem to have…:P I’ve actually been putting this particular project off for quite some time – I bought the pattern for the Sewaholic Cordova Jacket several months ago and then proceeded to think about it and allow the intimidation of never having sewn a jacket before set in. I eventually bought fabric for a “wearable muslin,” and then let that sit around for a good several weeks while I flew through the instant-gratification of sewing knit dresses.

I had good reasons to be scared of this project (or so I thought!) – it’s labeled “intermediate,” it’s fitted and not a knit, which meant I would actually have to pay attention to how it fits, and, let’s face it, fully-lined, tailored jackets seem like a pretty big deal to those who have never sewn them. So those are my excuses.

But here is my finished product:

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Jacket: handmade “Cordova Jacket” by Sewaholic, Top: Banana Republic, Skirt: Anthropologie, Tights: fleece tights from Saver’s, Boots: Clark’s

I love the result! Now I wish I hadn’t waited so long to make It! More pics:

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Of course, no triumph is complete without a little tragedy….after proudly wearing this beauty to work two days in a row, I discovered that the back lining is beginning to shred at the seam :'(:

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So I’m giving myself a few days to mourn (and research jacket linings!), and then I plan to replace the lining with something higher quality. I was going for cheap since this was originally going to be a muslin….serves me right for buying cheap fabric!! Lesson learned…the hard way…

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Leftovers

Ok, this time I’m actually not referring to turkey, but rather to leftover materials! While rummaging through my yarn stash a week or so ago, I discovered several lovely skeins of a wool/alpaca/silk blend that remained after a cable sweater project from several years back, so I decided to see if I could manage to make a garment out of it. I had just over 400 yards of worsted weight yarn, so not enough for a sweater, but I thought maybe I might be able to squeeze a vest out of it. I started knitting the day before Thanksgiving (since I couldn’t really bring my sewing machine to my in-laws!), and here’s the result:

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Vest: handmade “Impression Vest” by Meghan Jones, Top and Pants: Banana Republic, Boots: Clark’s

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Apologies for the especially poor photo quality…it’s a super rainy/grey day, and my husband did his best, but this was all the ol’ ipad could manage…

The pattern is from the fall issue of Knitscene, which my mom had actually sent to me a few weeks ago. The vest was a part of a series using “fake” cables; the ribbing looks like it was made using a cable needle, but it actually wasn’t! It’s a nice pattern for those not wanting to hassle of working with a cable needle. I has been wanting a vest anyway (I didn’t own any before), so this was a fun – and free – solution!

Turkey Daze

I don’t know about you, but I still have turkey leftover in my fridge from last Thursday (it’s almost gone, though!), which I think has put me in a semi-permanent tryptophan-induced food coma. In other words, I’m behind in my blogging! I have several new finished projects to post, but today you get a repeat with a “twist” in honor of all that turkey. Okay, not really even a twist…but I wanted to introduce you all to my “turkey jacket”! It’s an Anthropologie jacket I got many years ago that has a pleated plaid “tail” in the back that reminds me of, well, a turkey :P. Paired with my Lady Skater cowl dres:

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Dress: handmade “Lady Skater Dress” by Kitschy Coo with cowl from Sewaholic’s “Renfrew Top,” Jacket: Anthropologie, Tights (that you can’t see): purple fleece tights from Saver’s, Boots: Clark’s

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Gobble gobble!