Gram's Sewaholic Cordova jacket
I really loved the Sewaholic Cordova pattern, and have plans to make one for myself. I liked the peplum options and princess seams, and think it could be done in a variety of different ways.
My work is really casual, a dress is kind of too much (but sometimes I wear them anyway) but I can wear a cute jacket with jeans and not be overdressed but not be wearing sweatpants (I'm looking at you, old dude who works down the hall). So I bought the Cordova, and then decided to make a version for my Grandma's 80th birthday in December. She used to sew, mainly clothing for herself and her 4 daughters, and she is the one who taught my Mom. She gets a kick out of the fact that I use her meatball recipe, have a pizzelle iron (also her recipes), and was happy to hear I'd taken up sewing. Also, she loves a blazer. The woman wears a blazer to vacuum her garage (yes, she vacuums the garage).
I used a pretty novelty tweed from Gorgeous Fabrics and a marine blue bemberg lining from Mood.
|This is so pretty up close. Doesn't quite photograph well.|
What I did was attach the zipper and then the front facing, but when I did this, I apparently stitched too closely to my zipper. So it wouldn't zip. And I cried for 3 seconds then slapped myself and decided I had to make it work. I decided to cut out the zipper (you just can't rip stitches out of this tweed, you'll destroy it.) I turned the facing back to the outside and basically sewed the zipper in the seam allowance, then cut it off (so I didn't have to literally cut into the front of the jacket.) It actually worked - it was really not noticeable that I screwed up in such a major way. I debated putting on another type of closure, but decided just to leave it open. The finished product (modeled on me):
|princess seams and peplum|
|the back is straight, I'm the one that's standing crooked, I swear|
And finally a shot of the birthday Grandma!