Thursday, September 18, 2014

sew it all series - japanese patterns: jacket

As of today, Mae's capsule wardrobe is done!  I love every single piece and I know that they will all get lots of wear, although not necessarily together.  I'm going to be honest and say that it didn't turn out exactly how I thought it would, but then again, nothing ever does :) 


Mae's cropped jacket is pattern V from this book.  I was quite impressed with the quality of this pattern.  The pattern pieces went together perfectly, and the instructions, although fairly complicated, were well illustrated.  I would not consider this a beginner pattern, but I don't think it was overly complicated either.  It just had a lot of steps and little things like grainline and precision seam allowances made a huge difference for the finished product :)


I stuck with the size 100 for the pattern since it seems to fit Mae with just a bit of room to grow, and I thought this fits true to size.  I didn't make any changes to the pattern this time, but I think I may try a longer winter version with the full length sleeves from pattern W in the book either this year or next.  I'll probably end up lining it for warmth too rather than using facings.


I'm chose to use fine wale corduroy, but I wouldn't recommend that choice to anyone.  The pleats on the front and back pieces are not lined up along the grainline due to the slight curve of the pieces, so the wale of the corduroy looks a little odd along the pleats.  It's not very noticeable (honestly, it's probably only noticeable to me!) but it was a little annoying for the simple reason that I really wanted to sew with the wale perfectly lined up along the pleat, and I knew I shouldn't :)


I usually try not to do too many posed shots with the kids, but I had to share this one.  Today is the first day that when I told Mae to smile she didn't bare her teeth like I was going to be eaten as the main course for her next meal!  She's actually smiling, you know, like a normal person :)


Materials:
Fabric - Kaufman 21 wale corduroy in ginger
Snaps - Kamsnaps - Metallic Bronze
Dress - blogged here

12 comments :

  1. I love the jacket, great details. I really enjoyed your series. Time for me to check out some Japanese patterns. Cheers!

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    1. Thanks Kerry! I had fun with this series, and I'm hoping that maybe more people will try out Japanese patterns. I would love to see what everyone can create!

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  2. I love this jacket, and I think it looks great in the corduroy:) I have only sewn one thing from my 2 japanese pattern books..so I think it's time I pulled them down!

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  3. I think you should pull them down too! Every time I make something new from one of my books, I love it :)

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  4. Cute little jacket! It has such a professional finish.

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    1. Thanks! That's one of my favorite things about Japanese pattern books :)

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  5. I love the silhouette of this outfit! Japanese fashion is amazing

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  6. This is an adorable jacket! And your little girl looks so sweet in it too.

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  7. Adorable. I love the proportions and silhouette of this jacket!

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  8. I've got to give some Japanese patterns a try--I'm living in Tokyo right now, and I love seeing all the women's clothes but those silhouettes would NOT work on my body! They are perfect for a little girl!

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    1. I would be sewing whatever Japanese patterns I could for my kids with whatever Japanese fabric I could find if I lived in Tokyo! But I would never sew them for myself, because they would not work for me either. I'm about as far from that build as a person can get :)

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