Sunday, 13 July 2014

Wool and Silk Jacket: Vogue 8916

Stash busting 2014:  Mama R's Jacket

Fabric:      1.2 metre of suiting fabric
                1.2 metre of silk organza
                1 metre of lining
                0.5 metre of horsehair canvas

Thread:    1 spool was polished off

Pattern:    Vogue 8916

The Fabrics:

I've been all around town for the materials to put together this jacket. If I'm not mistaken the fashion fabric was in my stash for over a year. The fibre content of this suiting fabric is a mix bag even though I have been referring to it as a wool and silk blend. Actually, it is a 1% polyester, 9% nylon, 35% wool, 22% silk, 11% cotton and 22% viscose fabric that feels wonderful. The subtle purple thread that is running through the weave has a metallic look to it.

I found this at Mitchell Fabrics when they were having a sale and picked up the last bit on the bolt. I would have bought more if there was some available. My initial thought was to make a suit and then just a skirt for moi since there wasn't very much, but when Mama R was admiring it I knew that it was meant for her. At that point, I didn't know that it was destined to become a jacket until Mama R spotted Vogue 8916 and said she liked the shape of the jacket.

The silk organza I found at Northwest Fabrics and has been part of my stash for over a year. It works like a dream at giving the fashion fabric shape. And the bemberg lining I found at Fabricland. It has not been in my stash as long as the other fabrics. I actually picked the lining up late last year, once I knew what the fashion fabric was destined to become.  

The Pattern:

The jacket pattern from Vogue 8916 is the only thing I've tried so far. The pattern is wonderful to work with. I did put more work into the project that I outlined the other day but if you don't go that route, it could be a quick project. I really like the pockets hidden in the princess seam. Mama R likes everything about it and only made minor changes.

I would highly recommend this jacket pattern. I would also recommend putting in the extra work to underline the jacket. It really did make a positive difference to the shape of the jacket. And I did find the time spent doing all that basting and hand stitching to be relaxing. Who knew?

Happy Sewing!


  1. It turned out brilliantly ~ all of your inside planning definitely paid off! Well done ... J

    1. Thanks! I can't wait for Mama R to see the finished project.

  2. Goregous...she is going to love it!


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