Living on the Central Coast of California requires dressing in layers. I’ve never been good at layering my clothes. I come from the South Eastern part of Quebec where I might have to carry a cardigan or wear a warmer coat depending on the time of the year. I never had to deal with a difference of 35 degrees Fahrenheit within one hour while driving from San Jose to a friend’s house along the coast in Santa Cruz in the middle of the day. I have trouble wrapping my head around experiencing dense fog and sunshine within a short distance. People around here are pros at layering. They have all kinds of jackets that they seem to whip out at a moment’s notice. I’m trying to remedy the situation by sewing more jackets. I’ve had Burda 6847 on my list to sew for a couple of years.
I bought this printed double-knit at Tissus Mode de l’Orme in Granby, QC a couple of years ago with this jacket in mind. I used a ponte knit from my stash for the collar and facing.
I lengthened the jacket by 2″. I’m 5’7″ and I wanted to be able to wear this with some of my longer tops. The pattern calls for a 30″ two-way separating zipper. I ordered a custom 32″zipper from JN Zipper. Their customer service is excellent.
I like the princess seams. I think they give the jacket a great shape.
Last weekend my fashion photographer, aka my husband, and I attended a wine event at a local winery. I wore a knit tunic (Vogue 8950) and leggings (Papercut Patterns Ooh La Leggings). The weather was too warm for a jacket but I brought it along to take pictures for my blog. I received compliments on my tunic. This happens fairly often. I normally just say thank you but when I’m with my husband I cringe while waiting for him to tell the person that I made whatever piece of clothing that is receiving attention. Over the years I’ve told him not to mention to people that I sew my clothes. He generally respects my wishes but sometimes he just can’t help himself. I can tell that it is difficult for him to keep “our secret”. He is proud of my accomplishments and feels the need to share with everyone. I was wondering if I was the only sewist who selectively tells people she sews her clothes. I would love to hear what other sewists do when faced with people complimenting their me-mades. Do you simply say thank you or do you mention that you made what you are wearing?