I am taking part in a jacket sew along. I was going to carry on with my white jacket but it doesn't seem fair to pick a project that is pretty far along when others are only just starting theirs.
On the other hand I am still not that fit to do anything because of an operation I had in the last two weeks and then there's the added problem that I'm stuck in trying to decide what kind of contrast fabric to use on the lapels of said white jacket. I bought all sorts of materials (both fabrics and also ribbons) but nothing jumped out at me shouting: 'Pick me! I'll look just great!' I might be expecting too much.
Still, both those reasons made me reconsider. So I picked Vogue V1264 instead, which I also want to do in black (see the photo right at the top of this post. As if you hadn't guessed).
I had the contrast fabric for a while (Halleluja! Good start) and bought a really nice 100% wool fabric that was priced at the higher end of what I usually spend. So I'm hoping not to mess up. Bit nervous about that.
The contrast fabric is a kind of rubbery material that might be best described as faux leather. It is very synthetic but I reckon it would look good for this design. I may have to use a leather sewing machine needle on it, I still have to try that out. I just hope that I will be able to sew this material well. I have plenty of fabric to experiment with and I am planning on quite a few sample scraps to have a go with.
I will need to check that the size 18 I cut out is suitable. I lost some weight recently and as per the measurements given, this is the correct size. But I I am nowhere near cup size B that I believe most commercial patterns are designed for. This jacket is supposed to have a loose, relaxed fit but it might not relax as much as fitting me across the bust. Which would rather obviously be a really awkward problem. So the next step is to pin the main paper pattern pieces together and try it on. The plan is to do this today, it is Saturday after all.
Right now, I am about two weeks into the sew along which was set for two months in total. That means that I still have plenty of time, thankfully.