Tuesday, February 7, 2012

The Many Lines of My Jacket - HCC Stripe Challenge - Part III

Happy Tuesday!

The Haute Couture Club - Stripe Challenge was held on Saturday. There were over a dozen participants. The ladies came up with some interesting outfits.  (All will be showcased at the May fashion show. wink, wink) 

But as for me, I used McCall 6294. This my garment serves a dual purpose:  HCC Stripe Challenge and the Palmer/Pletsche contest.

My review:



Pattern Description:

MISSES' LINED JACKETS IN THREE LENGTHS: Jackets A, B, C have princess seams, back yoke, two-piece self-faced lapels with collar band, sleeves in two lengths with elbow dart, hook and eye closure; jacket A has long sleeves; jacket B has three-quarter length sleeves, unlined patch pockets; jacket C has long sleeves, unlined patch pockets with top stitching.




Pattern Sizing: 4 through 18.  I started out with a size 16; but ended up scaling it down to a 14 with my usual adjustments.

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes, it look like the basic design as illustrated on the envelope.




Were the instructions easy to follow? Easy.., No problems.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? The design of the collar and the back yoke. No dislikes.

Fabric Used: The challenge organizers picked this beautiful striped fabric and made it available for members at a previous club meeting. Not sure of the fabric content, but I think it does have some rayon in it. It very easy to work with; sews and presses well. I only bought two yards; and after playing tetris with the pattern pieces on the fabric, I finally admitted I didn't have enough fabric for the entire jacket. So the under collar and the front facing is a stretch woven woolen (Rainbow). My DD gave me about 2/3 yd for my sleeves. The lining is china silk.

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:

Before cutting into the fabric, I made several adjustments to the pattern:

- FBA – I omitted the small dart in the front
- Sway back adjustment - Then I added that same amount to the bottom of the back and side back pattern. Sometimes when I make the sway back adjustment the jacket/dress is slightly higher in those sections
- Prominent shoulder blade adjustment

Design changes:

- The back yoke was cut along the center. I added 5/8” seam allowance to one of the halves along the cut edge. This created the chevron effect in the back of the jacket.
- Added piping to the shoulder, front, and back seams. The pattern of the stripe was uneven so I wanted to break up the stripe a little bit.
- Contrasting fabric for the front facing and under collar. I had a limited amount of fabric.
- Lined the pockets. I like a clean finish.


For the upcoming fashion show, I will make M5818 (TNT) pants and a simple t-shirt (ivory) to complete the outfit. Of course the ensemble with include the Simplicity purse I had a few months ago.


Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? I don't think I will sew it again, but you never know. I have a few more jackets I'd like to try. But I do recommend it to others.

Conclusion:
This was a great pattern to use for the stripe challenge. It allowed me to create an interesting garment for the Palmer/Pletsche contest as well.

Happy Sewing!
C

58 comments:

Sheila said...

That is a stunning jacket and looks fabulous on you.

RhondaBuss said...

I'm one of the lucky ones that got to see it in person. FAB-U-LOUS!!

SewBarbie said...

Wow! I'm speechless.

Karin said...

Wow! What a fabulous jacket! You really lined up those stripes *perfectly*.

AngelatheCreativeDiva said...

I agree with all of the previous comments. Wow! Stunning! Fabulous!

renee said...

Beautiful use of stripes. Congratulations!

Nik said...

I can't begin to imagine the precision it took to match those stripes. I would be afraid that as soon as I started sewing the pieces would move out of alignment. Beautiful!

AuntieAllyn said...

Spectacular!!!

Diana Nuland van said...

Love your jacket

Irene said...

Wow! Double wow, because you managed to make the stripes work, despite the fabric shortage.

Carol said...

Totally stunning. I love the colours in the fabric and it really packs a punch. The collar frames and highlights your face perfectly!

poppykettle said...

Holy wow, I'm in awe of your stripe matching abilities. This jacket displays some hard-core talent! I love the colours in the stripes too. So Unique!

Lynneb said...

Cenetta, That is absolutely amazing ! It made my jaw drop!

Faye Lewis said...

Wow, it's beautiful!

patti said...

I, too, saw this in person--it is gorgeous--can hardly wait to see it walk the runway with the rest of the outfit you've described.

Beth O. said...

OMG! That is stunning!
I should put a visit to the Couture Club on my To Do list sometime in 2012. Just need to make the decision to take the trip in from the far west suburbs.
You are an inspiration Cenetta.

Goodbye Valentino said...

This is a beautiful jacket and looks fabulous on you! Matching those stripes would have pushed me over the edge but you must have the magic touch. Congratulations!

A Sewn Wardrobe said...

Oh my gosh! Amazing workmanship!

Monique G said...

This is fantastic. You did a brest job on this. I like it a lot.

sdBev said...

WOW

bpatricia74 said...

I love it! The jacket looks awesome on you. I have been following your blog for awhile. Your sewing is a awesome!

Rebecca said...

your stripe placement is way cool

Carol said...

FAB!!! As usual!

Meigan said...

Wow! Absolutely stunning! :)

knitmachinequeen (KMQ) said...

unctiGreat jacket and workmanship! TFS

gwensews said...

That jacket is fabulous! What a wonderful club. So jealous.

Carolyn (cmarie12) said...

Okay now you know you're lying! That does NOT look like the basic design on the pattern envelope. *LOL* You have taken that so far beyond the original pattern and given it such a couture look that it doesn't begin to compare with that sad little envelope front.

You know I think this jacket is stunning. I was drooling over it when you posted your pictures to flickr. You do AMAZING work!

Elaray said...

If the challenge is a contest, I declare you the winner. The jacket looks fantastic on the dress form and even better on you!

Anonymous said...

It is stunning! I love a good matched stripe.
Claudine (couturearts.wordpress.com)

MAD14kt said...

AWESOME!

Cennetta said...

Awww.., Thank you!
C

Lena Merrin said...

Ohhhh stripe matching!! Great job, I am taking off my hat!

Linda T said...

Absolutely FABULOUS!

Susan said...

That is actually perfection! You truly have skillz!

Sigrid said...

Stunning jacket. Perfection with the stripes. Beautifully done.

Dressed2atee said...

Beautiful, just beautiful!

Clio said...

How striking! And beautifully sewn! I'm in awe of your stripe matching ability!

Sophia said...

Beautiful!! Love your stripe placement!

Gail said...

Cennetta, that is absolutely beautiful. The pattern choice is inspired and I agree with other commenters about the precision of your matching of stripes.

Ann Brodsky said...

Love your jacket. The fabric is gorgeous and you did it justice with your creativity and skill!

Anonymous said...

Your jacket is stunning! Your work is fantastic. Would you share some of the sources you have used to achieve such wonderful couture results? Thank you for being such an inspiration

Marie

Cennetta said...

Thank you for your kind words. Marie - Many sources and many years of practice. Some of the reference materials in my library include: Vogue Sewing, Fit for Real People, Singer Sewing Books, Couture Sewing Techniques, The Complete Book of Sewing, all kinds of sewing magazines. The most handy reference is my fellow sewing, blogging friends, Patternreview.com, HCC of Chicago, and last but not least, my grandmother.

Thanks for asking.
Cennetta

Audrey said...

Wow definetly a Haute Couture jacket. Fantanstic use of a striped fabric and the stripe matching is perfect.

The Slapdash Sewist said...

That is so cool and your stripe matching is amazing! Bravo!

Brenda said...

Oh Cennetta!!! Speechless. This is abosultely gorgeous. Love that fabric and your jacket looks great on you!!!.

Bunny said...

I just saw your pics on Threads and immediately came to check out more on the blog. I am even more impressed with what I see here. Exquisite execution. Love that tiny touch of piping. Spectacular.

Ambitious Sewer said...

The jacket is absolutely gorgeous.

Arlene said...

That is gorgeous! I have to look into this club. I live in the Chicago area. Sounds like fun!

Linda said...

Wow. I'm very impressed. It looks perfect!

Gabriella said...

Wow! That is amazing and SO glamorous!

Diane said...

This jacket is so awesome - and that doesn't really describe it. Congratulations on winning the Palmer/Pletsch class. If you haven't been to Portland before you will really enjoy it. If you come around the middle of July through middle of August is great, sunny weather.

Diane

Kim said...

Absolutely beautiful. Congratulations on winning the Palmer & Pletsch contest. Well deserved.

Lisette M said...

Absolutely stunning!

MushyWear said...

What a striking jacket! It is so beautiful!

cidell said...

Stunning

Lillie said...

You do a fabulous job. Congratulations on your win!

Dori said...

This is absolutely STUNNING!! A lot of hours had to go into this jacket.
You are well rewarded for it. You wear it beautifully !!!

Cennetta said...

Thanks, everyone.

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