Remember me dyeing this fabric?
As mentioned, it came out a bit "shabbier" than I wanted it to be for the planned project, but after thinking about it once or twice it was EXACTLY what I was looking for without knowing it - hence the title of this post.
This time I drafted a pattern from Mrs. Stylebook (issue #145, early summer 2007) - some of you might remember that I was in love with this beautiful jacket. Well, now it's MINE!
It took me *days* to finish the basic sloper.
Until this point I always used one of the other slopers, but for this pattern I needed the complete bandwidth of flexibility.
This meant I had to draft a new sloper and had to alter it from A to Z, due to recent measurements change.
Pattern drafting took several hours, but it was worth the effort. The sewing went on astonishingly quick because...
... in the magazine the Jacket isn't lined (they have many unlined clothes!), and though I'm usually not a big fan of unlined things, I sticked to the original as I wanted the jacket to be lightweight. The pieces are interlined completely with woven iron-on interfacing (cotton), and thanks to french seams the inside is looking clean and nice (even unlined!).
After finishing the sewing I added a little special to my "shabby" tussah silk fabric - it was treated with melting powder and gold foil, both used in patchwork for surface design.
I went for a "starry" look which really came out nicely on my testing scrap, but on the actual piece it came out more like "Bob Ross' happy little accident" (again: hence the title of this post).
Now I think it can be called "Shabby Chic", no?!
Anyways, it added a bit of "me" to the otherwise pretty plain jacket.
And as I know you want to see yours truly sporting the jacket: here you are.
Have a nice sunday! ^^