Friday, December 7, 2012

5 Minutes a Day to a Jacket (New Look 6736)

Encouraged by the very creative and prolific Rhonda of Rhonda's Creative Life featuring my little blog, I am sharing the latest project that has kept me just a little bit busy...

Truly, I began this project with just five minutes a day, because that was all the time I could spare, until my time off around Thanksgiving.  I finished the lining and handsewing Saturday morning and wore it Saturday afternoon to run errands.

I've had New Look 6736 for quite some time, in fact, I believe it is now OOP.  I love the long version of the jacket and hoped to try out the sizing with a "wearable muslin" on the shorter jacket, with the intention of making a longer silk version as an evening coat.
With only a few minutes a day to sew, the short version took me way too long to even consider the silk version, especially since I intended it to wear tomorrow night.  I do love the fit of the short jacket, though, and am ready to make the silk version when time permits.  Just have to find the right fabric...

Fabric: a multi-color quilter's cotton, that is a bit busy for most clothes I would wear, but for weekends or running around town it makes a really nice little throw-on jacket.  Shades of indigo, beige, lots of black.
Lining: I added cling-free lining (pattern is unlined), but with cotton, lining is a must. 
Other: Added buttons (3 vs. 1), bound buttonholes, and in-seam pockets (for my phone)
Interfacing: Shout-out to Pam Erny's LOVELY interfacing...after my last experience with Pellon, I immediately ordered several types from Pam's shop and am so pleased with them: very professional look and feel, and quite easy to work with.  I will definitely replenish my interfacing stash from her shop!
Changes: I may nip in the waist a little bit -- it seems a bit baggy in the picture, but it is so comfortable to wear!  The princess seams would make it a fairly easy alteration.  Also, the sleeves seem long in the photo -- I didn't notice that when I wore it, though.  Maybe I spend my time with my elbows bent. 
Wide Collar: I like the look and feel of the wide collar -- but would wear a scarf if it's chilly outside.  With our unseasonably warm 60/70F days I haven't needed one. Not sure why it looks so wrinkled in the shot below -- maybe it's just the mannequin.  It is fine when I'm wearing it.

No other pictures worth showing...the pattern is so busy, it's tough to see any details!


  1. So adorable and I love the print. I especially like the collar and I'm sorry the pattern is OOP.

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