This is my current project, an OOP Vogue 2615, hence the title of this post. This style is very reminiscent of a style my #s 3 & 4 daughters and I wore quite a few years ago. I found the pattern on Ebay some time ago and fell in love all over again. It was for this pattern that I bought this rust coloured wool.
Now I am not so besotted that I can’t see that there are certain elements that are a little old fashioned. It is a 1970’s ‘hacking jacket’ style after all, so I have tweaked that pattern just a very little bit – I’ve taken the puff out of the top of the sleeves and my jacket will have nice fitted shoulders [hopefully]. Also I have cut down the number of buttons from a zillion [actually about 7] to just four. I have also lowered the roll line – the one that makes the lapel fold, so the opening is lower – making it more contemporary. I also had to lengthen the body by two inches, which is what I always have to do, my fault not the patterns – BUT there are elements that are definitely staying. The fitting for one. I have just spent the best part of two days fitting a toile, not so tight that I bulge in unattractive places, but with plenty of ‘ease’. The patterns gives an inch, I have given it an inch and a half, just enough to make life and moving comfortable. I am taking photographs as I go, so should get an ‘in progress’ post up before long.
What of the lilac blouse? I have had a tussle with the sleeves. I don’t like gathers and changed long to short sleeves and finally, in a fit of
pique genius I took them off altogether. I put on a ‘mandarin’ style stand instead of a collar and hopefully it will be fine with a gathered linen skirt for Summer…although that look might not be so good with wellies!