that I immediately hunted around in my fabric pile[s] for another suitable fabric to cut out #2. I found this fabric, bought in 2006 to make my #2 daughter a skirt to wear to her daughters wedding to go with a fabulously embroidered jacket from East . The fabric chosen was a natural/stone brocade-type linen and proved a perfect foil. The fabric was also very wide and of a nice weight. I had enough left over to make this skirt;
I really thought I had exhausted the stash of this fabric, but just had enough left to spend a happy hour placing all the pattern pieces to get another [almost] jacket out of the remnants. I hadn’t enough for the long facing pieces or the cuff facings, so I used some natural coloured plain linen for these. This was slightly creamier than the jacket fabric but blends in OK. I literally have about a handkerchief sized piece left of this fabric, which I consider extremely good value. It wasn’t a cheap fabric to buy in 2006, but as it was for a special occasion I didn’t mind the outlay or the sewing and fitting involved. My #2 daughter is 5′ 12″ inches tall [sounds better than 6ft] and her fitting needs were adjusted accordingly.
So here is the finished jacket. I don’t know that I will wear the skirt and jacket together [you can just see the skirt peeping out at the bottom]. It might look as though I was going to a wedding or selling ice-creams or something, but as my #1 jacket now lives in East Sussex with my #4 daughter [it suited her so beautifully I gave it to her] I will happily wear this with Summer dresses – if we get a Summer that is. I have already sent away to http://www.myfabrics.co.uk for some more fabric for #3. Then I might stop and move on. Although I would quite like a darker one, and a denim one………….
Here is a close up of the buttons I used. They are made out of some kind of metal [steel probably] and quite heavy, so although they might be on the smallish side according to the pattern, any bigger and they would weigh the fabric down. I like the utility look of them, they go with the jacket I think.