No, this is not a high school or college reunion, instead it is for my 8th grade parochial grammar school class from northern New Jersey. I've shared pictures before from our yearly lunch gatherings and this is really just a larger, more significant version of that get together. But as I told another friend who just attended her 50th high school reunion, you want to look good enough so that 27 years from now when a classmate reads your obituary he or she says, "Darn she looked good last time I saw her."
Because I sew I have double demands on my outfits. Yes, I want to look good but I also want to make sure I wear something I've sewn.
The reunion will be October 10 and the weather could be anything from warm and sunny to cool and rainy. Fortunately these are strictly casual gatherings. We are going to tour our old grammar school (originally built in 1931) for an hour then reconvene for an appetizer buffet and cash bar at a nearby restaurant for the afternoon with a walk through our hometown retail area and stop for ice cream afterward. Dinner on your own so you can talk at length with a smaller group. There will be more than two dozen classmates and about a half dozen significant others. There are few people who have never attended our previous big two reunions and I am thrilled that they are making the effort to attend this one, most like the last "big" effort we make to get together.
I want my outfit to be versatile enough for those weather variables, flattering but comfortable enough for plenty of walking....and nice enough for me to be proud that I sewed it. My first thought was to make myself a new "stitch and flip jacket" and that's my project this week.
Basically a stitch and flip jacket is a faster but similarly comfortable Chanel-like jacket....or now the preferred term seems to be "iconic French jacket." Me, I just call it another stitch and flip because that's the technique I learned ten years ago from my first online class via Patternreview and the late Shannon Gifford.
I have raved before about what a marvelous teacher Shannon was and I have sewn a half dozen jackets with these techniques and they all are as wearable and cozy as when I first made them. I was happy to see that Shannon's entire set of course materials are still available at PR Shannon Gifford's classes on PR and I think they are worth every penny and more. When someone in the class wanted her to explain how to make this techniques "more Chanel-like," Shannon proceeded to add an entire additional jacket with step by step pics showing how she did that. Here's a copy of the Threads issue 111 with a shorter version of this technique "Line and Underline in One Step"
I spent a few hours last week deciding which fabric to use from my resource center....this silk tweed from Fabric Mart....and putting together a sample with fully fused very lightweight interfacing and 1 inch bias cut self fabric fringe. I am using my well-loved Simplicity 4698 princess seam jacket that Sarah Veblen fit on me ten years ago....and that fitting help was the best investment in my sewing skills ever.
|I want a longer jacket to wear with skinny pants and longer sleeves for fall weather.|
|Quilting stops so shoulder pad can be inserted|
|No shoulder pads in this jacket but there's velcro in case I want to use them|
|I like the silk tweed pockets on the bias|
|Love this Louise Cutting technique to cut fashion fabric on the bias and use a small brush to make it unravel.|
|First stitch and flip jacket nine years ago and just as wearable today|
In the next few posts I will show how I add shoulder pads to this design and then my finished jacket. I have not made a semi-tailored fitted garment like this since my coat project last winter and I am enjoying sewing with woven for a bit more of a structured garment. I think it will be nice addition to my fall wardrobe and perfect for the reunion gathering. Are you doing any "special event" sewing these days?