I am sewing along!
The missing jacket.
You may or may not know, that while I was traveling last autumn in Greece, I lost my precious corduroy jacket. The jacket was special to me because it´s one of the first items I ever made. Before I got the sewing machine I now have, I actually used an old mechanical Singer. The skirt pictured above is sewn using this, and the jacket has some seams made on the ol´Singer.
Photo by Miki Yoshihito, licensed under Creative Commons.
Although I started sewing this jacket in 2005, I didn´t actually finish it off until Self- Stitched September last year. It got a lot of wear during that one month, until I absentmindedly forgot it in the ladies room at Athens International Airport, never to be seen again.
Ever since that unfortunate incident, I´ve been wanting to replace it – I do love the pattern, and so I´ve decided to join the RTW Tailoring Sew-along over at pattern-scissors-cloth.
I will be using the same pattern as the missing jacket, pattern number 1 from the autumn issue of Burda Easy Fashion 2005. But I will make an FBA to the pattern, luckily there are princess seams on this one, so that´s an easy fix. Otherwise I liked the fit of the old one.
The pattern has a certain British, Agatha Christie-esque vibe to it, and I really love the cut of this jacket. I am using the same fabric as my Kate trousers, and so I´ll have a little matching outfit once I´ve done with this. And it fits perfectly into the Hepburn/Hepburn project, too, don´t you think?
The Kate Trousers
But, now I need your help; I have to decide which buttons to chose! These are my options: 1,5 cm brass buttons, 2 cm camel colored buttons, or self-fabric covered buttons. On the corduroy jacket, I used one big fabric-covered button, and I really liked the look of that, but I´m not sure about what to do just yet. What do you think?
Two of the button choices.
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Self fabric! I’m a sucker for them.
You’re dead on (har har) about the Agatha Christie vibe.
I’m making a corduroy jacket, myself. 🙂
oh wow this will be a fantastic little suit when you’re done 🙂
i’d normally be in the self fabric camp but if you were wearing top and bottom together the brass ones would be a nice shot of colour breaking up the top to toe fabric… looking forward to seeing it either way though!!!
I love the orange buttons! (uh oh, no consensus, is there)… I think fabric colored would look too plain in this plain colour, but I think the brass ones are a bit too small and fussy looking. And I really like the orange on the tan.
So heartbreaking! I lost my favourite ruffly scarf in January and it sucks, but at least it wasn’t a me-made!
Hmm, I’m torn between self-fabric and brass…
Ooh, that’s a hard one! I’m stuck between the camel coloured and the covered buttons. I’m so happy that you are making another jacket (I was really bummed when you lost yours!!) and I think it’s perfect for the Hepburn Hepburn Project. Love it!
I like the caramel-colored ones!
Glad to see you do the sewalong – our Flickr group is ready now!
Your trousers look beautiful – I like the camel coloured buttons, but covered always looks nice too!
I vote brass! I also love the image in your last post about your partner returning home! It was a lovely post and a great accompanying image!
Oooh, so sad about that lovely little green jacket!!
But your replacement will be lovely… I think the buttons depend on what look you are wanting here. Brass will look more modern, and “ironic” since brass is never seen with tweed normally, and the caramel buttons will reinforce the old fashioned Agatha Christie vibe of the original.
Thank you all so much for your suggestions! I still haven´t decided, but you all have made some interesting points… Luckily, I have some more time to think…
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