Friday, May 20, 2011

OK, where was I? A jacket for May?

The prom dress has been finished and delivered to the teenager.   I return my attention to ...  where was I?  I was sewing another jacket.  Sheesh, is this really a good idea?

Seriously, I stand in front of the closet every morning, saying, "I have nothing to wear!" Look at this jacket-in-progress:

A view of the inside-in-progress.  I had just enough fabric to line the yoke and the front facing.  The rest is likely to remain unlined.  The edges are serged in gray thread.
Now look at the images posted on my inspiration board.  I dream of Lands End separates!  Yes, I admit it.  I am as plain vanilla as they come.  I really just want to wear some simple separates.   Meanwhile, I sew the bright, cheerful fabric that beckons:
I chose this design for the yoke and the shaping seams.  The horizontal lines of the yoke cut across me at my "tallest" (relatively speaking)  part of my body.  The vertical seams allow for shaping.


The remaining front facing has yet to be attached, but so far, I am loving the fit.  (yay!)  
So ... yes, this is cute and I like it and that's all good.  But come on, how many things will go with this jacket?  NOT MANY!  I have a red knit dress cut out and jeans are always a safe bet.  But something this loud  distinctive won't go with too many separates in my closet.

It makes me stop and go "hmmmmmmmm".

So far, my Jacket-a-Month Aspiration has not yielded much to help my wardrobe!

Jacket #1 is a coat for dear stepdaughter.   Self-explanatory.
Jacket #2 is versatile, and thank goodness- I wear it plenty.
Jacket #3 is a unique stripe.  Not worn a lot.
Jacket #4 is a very unique cropped jacket that should be cute with summer dresses on weekend dates with hubby - but I still need to sew those date dresses!  Not worn at all yet!

And jacket #5 is clearly another fun-to-wear-once-in-a-while thing.

Is it too late for a New Year's Resolution?
It is time to shift my focus to sewing a coordinated set of separates that are versatile.  Mix -n- match stuff.

(Have I mentioned RTW does not fit well?  Everything I buy needs alterations)

I will do it.  I will finish this jacket, because I love it, and of course I will sew the red dress (I cut out McCall's 6282)
But after that, if you see me sewing anything not-versatile, please leave negative, nasty comments.
Thank you,  I would appreciate the moral support.

Signing off for now,
re-focused Robin

ps I am taking a little break from sewing and blogging to attend dear stepson's college graduation.  We are thrilled and so proud of him.  
Back soon!



36 comments:

  1. Your jacket is fabulous and think you will find more things to go with it. I find myself just like you, I have nothing to wear. Maybe I ought to try a SWAP. Congrats to you stepson, enjoy the weekend.

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  2. I love that jacket, but I hear ya. I really really really need a black jacket and a black coat but somehow neither gets made. :)

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  3. I think it is a great jacket and it would go with many solid color separates. And jeans and jean skirts, it would brighten up an otherwise plain outfit. I vote you finish it. I often find I don't wear something for quite a long time after making it, then it becomes a favorite for years.

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  4. This spring? We need as much brightness as we can get! I vote to finish it and wear it on the dreariest days, of which we have plenty on the East Coast this year.

    Have fun at the graduation!

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  5. I love, love this jacket and print! Maybe along with a red dress, you could sew a red skirt or pants, which could then be the basis of a mini wardrobe?

    Congrats to your son!

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  6. I think because the print has some gray in it, you can wear this jacket with gray or black slacks and a coordinating top, or a dress in red, pink, gray, or cream. The shape looks great.

    One reason I started sewing again is because I want some jackets that are not black! Black is all I got right now -- it's all I can ever find in the stores. (Not that I've made any yet; I'm working my way in that direction, in my copious spare time.)

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  7. That's going to be a great jacket, but it's not what anyone would consider a basic. If Michael's Fabrics offers a bundle this summer (they usually do), you might want to consider buying one. I buy one about every 2 years, and it's where I get all of my basics. The quality is great, and the colors are all very Land's End.

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  8. I think you have to sew what your love. It is no fun to sew what you "should" sew. Besides if you are afraid to wear a lot of color a colorful jacket is better than a colorful top because you can just wear it for ten minutes to get your color fix then take it off :)

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  9. Never too late for a new (year's) resolution! I'm looking forward to seeing what comes of it.

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  10. You don't need your jackets to match lots of things when you have so many jackets to choose from! I also notice a disjoin between what I want to sew, and what I want to wear.

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  11. I like that cheerful print and identify with you completely, I often sew things that require more pieces to be made in order to wear the first thing. but that is the fun of sewing for me.

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  12. Wow this is going to be a great jacket, but yes, especially since you need to alter RTW, you need to get to the basics. Don't forget, you can make multiples i.e. same bland pattern 12 times in same or slightly different colors. That way you don't have to rethread the sewing machines and can knock 'em out in record time.

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  13. Ha! You and I are the same on this issue. I'm "forcing" myself to sew a black skirt and a white blouse, but am bored out of my mind. They'll be wonderful pieces to have, but something about how basic they are snuffs my desire to sew them.

    Love the jacket, BTW :)

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  14. This is definitely the kind of jacket I would have in my spring summer wardrobe. The fabric makes me happy just looking at it. I can see the jacket with cream, tan and chocolate brown pants/skirt too.

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  15. Well, I think that jacket will go with lots of things, perhaps not a lot of patterned items, but Red really can be thought of as a neutral. Like black and white, it practically goes with everything, it just depends on the shades.

    I see orange, pink, peach, gray, and tan already within that print. Right there you have five colors to work with. I also think it will go with any neutrals because of the gray and tan. You really won't know until you finish it and start trying it on with everything in your wardrobe. Not just what you think it will go with, but with everything! You will be surprised.

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  16. Love the jacket! I'm think it would go with Khaki capri's or white capri's for the summer and is that a grey or putty smudge in the print you could bring that color in too. And you are ahead of me on the jacket a month project I still have to hem and put button holes on my 3rd jacket - maybe this weekend. Happy sewing!

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  17. Wear it with your solid color separates: it would look great with a khaki or navy skirt. I think you'll end up wearing it more often than you think you will.

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  18. I'm with everyone who thinks that you will probably find more use for this jacket than you think. The fabric is lovely - so "happy". I too have the problem of wanting to sew whatever catches my eye in the fabric cupboard, only to realize that it's not making sense to do so.

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  19. I love this jacket!! Beautiful fabrics! xox

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  20. I totally understand the need to sew clothes you need as well, because that is something I need to concentrate on!
    I agree that the red floral jacket will end up working with a lot more than jeans. And I think finish it now, because one thing I've learned is things that get put aside often don't get finished at all! Then maybe you can whip up a couple of satisfyingly plain skirts to match it.

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  21. You have some good comments, Robin. I honestly love that jacket, but I hear ya' on the need for basics.

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  22. You definetly must finish it and wear it to brighten your rainy days.

    Congratulations to your son!

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  23. I love that jacket. I would be tempted to make bottoms in the colours that would co-ordinate so that you can wear it frequently.
    I do the same thing though, sew what I fancy rather than what I need to wear. I have to force myself to sew work clothes, and I have to alter everyting too, so no useful sewing = nothing to wear. I am not sure how to find a satisfactory balance, although I did find doing a work SWAP 2 years ago helpful - if only all those clothes had not worn out.....

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  24. I love this. It would look great with some beige jeans. I think once again the seductive power of prints rears its head. It has certainly pulled me in more than once.

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  25. Love the colours in the jacket! Hear you on a love of basics and plain vanilla!
    Recently, in a fabric shop (I honestly don't remember which one as I've been in a few the last little while), a clerk was articulating going to the paint counter with a piece of colourful fabric and getting a colour card to match each colour found in the print... it really opens your eyes to the colours in the print...
    Continue to have fun on the journey! And thanks for so openly sharing it!

    Brenda

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  26. It's a great jacket and it's going to be a more versatile than you think. Use it to pick out the colors for your versatile pieces along with some neutrals and you'll have that wardrobe you're looking for.

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  27. Love that! I think that jacket could be very useful in a vanilla wardrobe. Kinda like sprinkles on top!

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  28. If these are colors you love, personally I adore them, then I think you will really enjoy having this in your closet and find lots of things to wear with it. Also, nice job on the prom dress. Can't wait to see pics of the dress all styled. Have a great break celebrating your stepson's graduation!

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  29. Wow, I think I'd wear this with everything. Maybe you should send it to me. Red IS my color and your jacket is turning out beautifully.

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  30. Absolutely gorgeous jacket. I think it will go with almost everything! Not only each color visible in the print, but many of the complements of those colors. Very versatile.

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  31. Congratulations for your stepson.

    What lovely colors for the jacket, I'm sure you'll find a lot to wear with it.

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  32. R,
    I love the style of your jacket what pattern are you using.....ND

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  33. I wouldn't wear it with red - to matchy matchy. I always wear plain black pants or skirts with anything bright, or white linen pants in summer.

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  34. That is just the best fabric!! And great jacket . Make some stone capris or short skirt and buy stone tshirt and you have an outfit. Ooh and then I can see you in some flowing silk cream pants.....

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  35. I L O V E the color and the style - I'm a 'jean' jacket fanatic. What pattern are you using - did I miss that info somewhere. Sounds like you have a nice time at grad. Congratulations to the graduate.
    Marcia

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