A couple of years ago I went to one of the Dewsbury sewing meetups organised by Ali (of GBSB fame!) These are basically one big fabric shopping spree, Dewsbury is pretty good for fabric shops, I usually go saying I really don’t need any more fabric…mmm
In Lucky Fashions I spotted this quilted, embroidered cotton, it feels so soft and I loved the embroidery on it. No idea what I was going to make with it, I just couldn’t leave it behind!
Quilted fabric takes up quite a bit of space and as I’m trying to organise my stash better it made sense to sew the bulky items first. I decided to make a quilted jacket, more cardigan style than going out in the cold style.
I looked through my patterns and chose Simplicity 8265, a simply styled jacket. I didn’t have enough fabric to be too fussy about pattern placement, so I was pretty lucky that the front and back patterns look good. I missed off the centre back seam, it was only very slightly shaped anyway.
It went together pretty easily, I liked the darts coming down the front from the neckline, it just gives a gentle bit of shaping. The pattern had a round neckline but at first try on it irritated my neck too much so I cut it into a V instead, with hindsight a lower V would have been better but I was limited by the size of the facing which was already cut out.
I made it pretty simply, over-locking the seams and raw edges and the using herringbone stitch to catch things like the facings and the hems down. It was meant to be a longer line jacket, but having tried it on I prefered more my usual length – it was in danger of looking like a dressing gown otherwise!
It has side pockets, always a bonus and one useful tip from the pattern – to save the pockets from hanging down they recommend stitching a short piece of tape from the edge of the pocket to the front facing. I didn’t need to as with my shorter length the pockets were caught inn the hem, but I thought it was worth remembering.
Apologies but all my photos are going to be on Florence until I get my hair done!! With various lockdowns I haven’t had it cut since August!! I’m hoping my daughter will do a homemade cut shortly!
I think this will be more of a going round to friends house for dinner sort of cardigan, when we’re finally allowed to do that again!