Friday 8 May 2009

Vogue 8259

I want to thank you all for the very nice comments on my jacket.
Faye I'm honestly not sure how long it actually took me to make this jacket. I know I really should keep track but I never think of it. If I were to roughly add up the time I'd say it would have taken me no more than a week. (We are selling our house and buying another house and unfortunately that has taken priority over my sewing time. I'm not too upset over all this though because it will all be worth it when we are settled again in our new location.)
I know when I read other people's blogs, I like to see them wearing their finished garment, so I wanted to post a picture today of me wearing my jacket.. I didn't have a photographer handy though and had to do this task myself! Not very professional ....and approx 100 pictures later....this is actually kind of funny......I think I need to get a tripod :)

Sunday 3 May 2009

Vogue 8259 - Completed

Vogue 8259 - Jacket Front View
I'm thrilled to finally have this jacket done. I love it. It is so comfortable and I love the fit. The time I took to make the sway back alterations on the muslin paid off. I think this is the best fitting jacket I made so far.
Vogue 8259 back View
Pattern Review- Jacket Vogue 8259:
Pattern Description:
Semi-fitted, partially interfaced, lined jacket, below waist has princess seams (no side seams), stand collar, patch pockets, long three-piece sleeves with buttoned vents and purchased trim. A: couture construction techniques, quilting details, contrast front and sleeve facings, collar lining.
Pattern Sizing:
SIZES - 6 8 10 12 14 16 18 20 22
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
The outside of the jacket did look like the model on the envelope. I made View B and made some changes from this view, but overall yes it looked like the pattern should.
Were the instructions easy to follow?
The instructions were very well written. There are "Claires Hints" all thru the pattern. I've done most of the couture techniques in this pattern however the sleeve method was new to me. I loved the construction of the sleeve/cuff. One construction step that was a little confusing was attaching the sleeve/lining to the jacket. I could not wrap my head around these instructions (step #41 & 42), so I just did it my way. (It just appeared that the steps were reversed. Even in reversing the steps it was awkward setting the sleeve lining in, but I did it.)
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I love the style. The fit is the best I've made so far. I love the sleeve/cuffs.
Vogue 8259 - Sleeve buttons
Cuff Inside view
Vogue 8259 - inside sleeve cuff
Fabric Used:
Bouclé, and satin back crepe for the lining.
Vogue 8259- inside back facing
Bound Button hole
Vogue 8259 - Bound- button hole
Pattern Alterations or any design changes you made.
  • 1- I made a sway back adjustment and I took in pretty much every seam. I could have made a size smaller.
  • 2-I underlined every piece with fusible knit tricot interfacing and also added hair canvas to the front and did pad-stitching to the front pieces.
  • 3- I made bound buttonholes. My fabric was a very loose bouclé and I had some trouble with the buttonholes. I made my test buttonholes and the fabric was fraying /tearing around the buttonhole stitches. (Making the bound buttonholes with organza and using a 1.5 stitch worked great)
  • 4- I made a front facing
  • 5- I added a chain to the hem.
Vogue 8259 - Pad stitching
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
I definitely will sew it again. Next time making View A with the quilted lining. I definitely recommend this pattern.
. This is a great Claire Schaeffer pattern.
Final inspection
Vogue 8259 - Inspector Salem ****************************************************************************