Friday, November 30, 2012


I'm a lousy blogger, I was lousy at journaling when I was a kid too.  Every new year I would start to keep a journal and would faithfully write everyday for about 2 weeks, then 2-3 times a week, then every 2-3 weeks, then nothing, zip, zero, nada.  I wish I had done better with that after reading some of my grandmother's journals, anywhoo.  I have been sewing, just not journaling about it - life you know. Both DH and my parents have been having health issues that take a lot of our free time.

I digress, so back to being a better blogger, back in October I was picked as one of testers for Sewaholic's new Cordova jacket pattern.  It was the first time I have used one of her patterns and gotta say, the experience was ah-ma-zing. Even in the trial stage, the instructions, illustrations, and pattern pieces were great.  Especially the illustrations, which while we're being honest here, I will admit to using more than the written instructions.  I pretty much only read instructions after running into trouble, which I know would eliminate a good bit of operator error, but still.

So this is a great jacket pattern,"fitted with princess seams and features a peplum detail, pleats at the sleeve cap , and a zip front closure." I actually made a muslin for this, before cutting into my good fabric and still I think the shoulders are a tad too big.  It's an easy fix for future makes - at first I thought I would go to a smaller size, but really looking at the pictures I think maybe taking a larger seam allowance in the shoulders and a little additional shaping in the waist should fix it.

I used a silk blend fabric that I got from Casual Elegance fabrics several years ago and acetate lining from Fabric Mart Fabrics.

I did have to shorten the waist,(to be 5'10" I am ridiculously short-waisted) but other than that no changes. As I stated before, I will make a few additional one next time.

And my flasher pose - so you can see the lining of course!

Just wanted to say, that I am pretty sure that I am not in Tasia's targeted demographic.  I'm guessing I'm older by about 15+ years and I'm not exactly pear-shaped.  I still recommend that you run, not walk to your nearest source of Sewaholic patterns and give this one a try.

Happy Sewing, Suzanne

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