Eagle jacket twice, for luck

Cream Eagle jacketThe centerpiece “topper” of my boho wardrobe was going to be a faux suede swingy jacket, made with Vanessa Pouzet’s Eagle jacket pattern. I especially adored the fitted shoulders and little inset but with an easy shape. I could see it paired with dresses, tunics, and tops.

too tight first draftMy first mistake was the suede-like fabric I picked up from JoAnn’s. It doesn’t stretch, hangs stiffly and it doesn’t press, but I loved the texture! So I forged ahead. The jacket is fully lined and put together in a very interesting way, making it rather impossible to try on during construction to test the fit. And I don’t make muslins. Well…

It was quite a bit too big when I finally got it put together, and since the fabric has very little drape, it exacerbated the fit problems. It looked terrible on. So I ripped it apart and made adjustments. But then I was overzealous in my adjustments, and still didn’t like how the fabric hung. The pic in the mirror is after my alterations — the shoulder is too tight and it is pulling at my bust. It did not feel comfortable at all.

Vanessa Pouzet eagle jacketSo I just made a whole new one, this time out of cream velour. Ha ha ha, velour! I found this piece thrift shopping and thought I would make something for one of my girls with the soft, stretchy fabric, because I think we all agree that velour is past its prime as a real apparel fabric. But no! This fabric turned out to be the exact fabric I should have started this journey with. I love how comfortable this is, how snug I could get the sleeves and how I can push them up, and how the back swings. It all worked out beautifully. I lined it in some nude tricot, which isn’t the cutest, sexiest lining, but it is invisible and retained the stretch of the velour.

Pouzet eagle jacket sleeveI especially like how the sleeve embroidery stands out on the textured nap. The thread is gold to match the gold leather insets, but reads pretty subtle. I guess that the subtlety is fine, since in this outfit I do have gold on my T-shirt, boots, earrings and fingernails. Too much? Perhaps I should move to Vegas.

velour eagle jacketI refuse to believe that the universe is telling me to make muslins. Since it all worked out in the end, I choose to believe that I could not have avoided all that pain, I just had to work through it while ruining $40 worth of fabric and lining so I could get to the result that in total cost me about $7.

eagle jacket outfitI love my new jacket and will take pictures of the outfits I pull together. This success motivates me to finish those other pieces I’ve planned to go with it, so stay tuned!

Side of vanessa eagle jacketMost important points:

  • The suede cloth at Joann’s is perhaps not the best apparel fabric, and certainly not for this pattern. But velour is where it is at! No wonder I wore velour tracksuits so much 10 years ago.
  • Got to have some fun with those embroidery stitches on my Brother embroidery machine. I don’t use that machine often, so it was fun.
  • A cream jacket is just the thing to pull my (to be sewn) summer wardrobe together, and the Eagle jacket shape is really fun!

eagle jacket shoulder detail

Simply a tank dress with McCall’s 6559

M6559 dress top frontThis is the kind of project that I usually dismiss from my project list. It was simple, it was fast, I learned no skills, I paired no fabrics. But I have been drowning in a sea of huge goals lately. My wardrobe plan for the Pattern Review Wardrobe contest was very involved. Of course I love to push myself for contests, but the fact that I only finished 3 items (one turned out to be a wadder) and started one more reveals the unrealistic hopes I had. Continue reading