Monday, November 30, 2009

Adding A Little Black to the Wardrobe - M5530-A



Purple is the new neutral, and red is the new black. In my mind, there is always a need for several black garments in a lady's wardrobe. Black comes with many attractions: it's slimming, classic, elegant, and very versatile. This fall I'm incorporating several "black" garments into the wardrobe along with a few of those noted trends. Over the Thanksgiving weekend (I hope everyone had a grand Thanksgiving holiday.), I sewed this matching jacket for my dress (M5818).

This is the second time around for M5530. I made View C about two years ago.


This view is actually my favorite of the three jackets included in the pattern. It has a vintage look about it and the unique little bow at the necklace is super cute (to me of course).

The fabric: polyester from Hancock's.

The finished jacket looked similar to the jacket worn by the model. But at first glance, the sleeves looked dolman instead of in-set. The drawing, however, clearly shows them as in-set.

Nothing difficult about the instructions. I followed most of them as they were standard instructions for putting together a lined jacket.

I used a size 14, View A, with a few modifications/changes.
- Instead of top stitching along the front opening, I under stitched.
- Under stitched along the neckline as well.
- Used a contrasting fabric for collar -- slightly lighter in weight and has glossy finish.
- Made loop 1" smaller -- it looked better and helped form a better bow.
- FBA - No Sway back adjustment needed.
- Hem and lining -- followed my own method leaving a six inch opening in one of the sleeves (lining) so I could easily turn the jacket right side out after attaching the lining almost completely by machine, expect the lower front corners. I only hemmed where the seams joined to eliminate the appearance of hemming at the base of the jacket and sleeves. I copied this method from RTW.

My Flickr photo set is here.

26 comments:

Gorgeous Things said...

That turned out so beautifully!

Carolyn (cmarie12) said...

Perfect! The jacket is just perfect with the dress!

Gertie said...

Oh, it looks just lovely on you! I've been wanting to see that pattern made up for quite some time . . . and you've done it so wonderfully!

Gail said...

That jacket looks sensational over the dress. I'm always amazed at how much better some patterns look made up. Don't go over board with black though. I'm just recovering from years and years of only wearing black.

JoanneM said...

STUNNING!

Rebecka said...

WOW! The jacket it so cute with your dress! Pure class!

Lisa said...

You look wonderful. Lovely outfit.

Faye Lewis said...

You always make such classy ensembles.

alethia said...

I agree with you, I like having black as part of my wardrobe. In fact 15-years ago 80% of my wardrobe was black. And then I slowly started to include other colors, now black is only about 20% of my wardrobe. The hacket looks great. As always you are such a stylish ladyyyyyy

Trudy Callan said...

Awesome as usual.

NuJoi said...

Very nice ensemble.

gwensews said...

That's a terrific little jacket, and perfect with the dress. Very chic!

Marji said...

Stunning look. I agree, black will always be the "new" "old" and only "Black"

equatorcollection said...

Very classy indeed! Love the outfit on you, and that you paired it with those red heels.

Opal said...

Nice outfits and the animal print jacket is out cute.. Love the gathering in the back..

The Slapdash Sewist said...

I always have this jacket at the back of my mind! Your version is fab--very classic.

Susan said...

Everyone needs a little black! Truly stunning, for sure.

narcissaqtpie said...

oh I LOOOOVE this jacket!! Nice job!

Carol said...

Perfect little jacket. I have a similar pattern in the sewing queue for next winter. I love the idea of faux fur!

sdBev said...

Cennetta

I have to say this, and please forgive me. You are such a wonderful model for me. I always think of myself as fluffy,and that is my best description. My dh assuures me that I am beautiful and sexy, I don't entirely belive him. I do however use the same pattern size as you. You therefore make me feel, no make me believe it is possible that a woman of my fluff can be beautiful. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

Sheila said...

Lovely ensemble and agree its classy indeed.

Nancy K said...

Beautiful! It really works well with the dress.

Paola said...

WOW! Great! I really like this great vintage look

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Audrey said...

That is one classy looking jacket! I would have never thought to use the pattern for a dressier look. It seems so casual in the pattern picture. I love the use of the shinier fbric for the bow.

A Sewn Wardrobe said...

You look so beautiful! What a great jacket for the holidays.

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