Monday, April 13, 2009

Call Me Red

Here's my version of McCall's5594.

This jacket isn't orange, as the photo shows, but red. My hair is, well--red!


The pattern has a lower bodice, which is gathered. To avoid too much of a "baby doll" look, I made pleats in the lower bodice, front and back, instead of gathers, giving it more of a tailored look. I also made pleated cuffs and eliminated the gathers.

Because the buttons are large, and not wanting big, gaping buttonholes, I sewed small buttons on the facing side, sewing the small buttons through the large buttons on the top of the jacket. The jacket buttons like a double-breasted coat--using the small buttons on the facing and butoning from the inside. It's a big awkward to button, but it solved the problem.
The fabric is a poly blend with a textured surface. It was--cheap! I found it in the bargain bin at Jo's. Definitely not a quality fabric. But, it's one of those cheap fabrics that actually sews quite well. I was so pleased with it that I bought yellow and turquoise also. Happy jacket.

I'll be sewing the lining for the green jacket today. If I get off of here.

18 Talk to me:

Ann's Fashion Studio said...

Your jacket looks wonderful. I like the pleats instead of the gathering and I love the color :)

Omega said...

I love your red jacket, it looks wonderful on you. The other colors sound great too. Red is one of my favorite colors, this inspires me to pull out some of the red fabric I have and get busy!

Lauren said...

It turned out great! I think the pleats were a really smart choice, they look perfect on the jacket.

Kristine said...

Ooh! Love those pleats, what a fantastic idea! Nice job on this!!!

Shannon said...

You are working that jacket - fabulous!

Susan said...

The pleats were a great idea!

Julia said...

Love your red jacket. I also love red hair. Lots of folks in my family have red hair. Me- just plain old brown. Uh I guess I should say grey now!

paco peralta said...

Hi Gwen .- Thanks for your comment on the Simplicity jacket. Glad you like it. It is a model that already has a time, but I think still relevant today.

congratulations on his orange jacket. You look fantastic with this style.

greetings from Barcelona and see you soon.

Paco

Nancy K said...

Great jacket. Pleating is definitely more sophisticated.

Lori said...

Great jacket, I like the pleats and the button.

Faye Lewis said...

You did a total turn around on that jacket with the pleats. It is lovely! I've had that pattern a while, and now seeing yours, I think I might make it.

Julia said...

The New Madrid Fault runs through the western part of the state -Memphis, etc.. my DH has a DB and DS there. We're way east of there. We have small little quakes that we don't usually even feel most of the time. We're not on a major fault line. We are usually sheltered somewhat from tornadoes because we are so close to the mountains but this year seems worse for some reason.

Linda T said...

I like it! Especially the pleats rather than gathers. That was a great idea!

j.kaori said...

Your jacket looks very expensive! The details and the finish are really wonderful. Love the red hair too!

Sigrid said...

Vibrant color, but good with the black. And the pleats are very good in this jacket.

Cennetta said...

Looking good, lady. Love the bold and the beautiful.

Tany said...

It's a wondeful jacket, very beautiful and you look stunning in it!

Uta said...

This is one gorgeous jacket! I also love the red on red; I used to dye my hair red and always wore red tops, nonetheless! Last summer I bought my first issue of FIMI, a Dutch pattern magazine, especially for such a pleated/gathered jacket. I have yet to make it, of course... So you're my inspiration now!

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