No I blooming well didn’t!!  Although I do love this pattern [Islander Jacket Express] [and this is the third time of making, so far and will not be the last] this particular version was just like sewing a candlewick bedspread. I ordered the fabric from a source that I normally like [and still do] but, ~and it is a big but~, when the fabric arrived I have to admit I had my doubts. It was definitely not what I was expecting. The wale was too wide, hence the candlewick simile, the gold was definitely too gold and it seemed very loosely woven and soft. It clogged up my overlocker and played havoc with my sewing machines, but I still pressed on. I am still not sure the journey was worth it, but I shall wear it, [where I don’t know, it might be a bit like wearing wallpaper] but it doesn’t look as bad on as on the dress form I have to say.

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On another note I have been busy making some things I do like and shall wear whenever and wherever. The top here is a knitted DK cotton top called Sea of Jeans designed by Maggie Vremic [pattern on Ravelry.com] I have been  wanting to knit this for ages and not got round to it until now. I’ve worn it a couple of times and it fits and is comfortable too. I really like this one.

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The ‘A’ line skirt just peeping at the bottom is an old  OOP  pattern, made up in grey/polka dot cotton, which I originally bought for a blouse but found it a bit too heavy for that although still light so I lined it with the silk lining taken from the gifted dirndl skirt from which I made this top blogged here . p.s. I just realised I also used the zip – thrifty or what?

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I put in tuck/pleats instead of darts to give it a bit more ‘difference’ and it has side seam pockets, always handy in Summer skirts.

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2 Responses to DID I NOT LIKE THAT?

  1. lovelucie1 says:

    Goodness, you have been busy! You are definitely not happy about your latest jacket but from here it looks like another great make. I suppose only you know how it looks on you and sometimes it’s hard to forget the particular nightmare of putting something together. Put it away for a month and then get it out again. You might think differently.
    As for your jumper it is absolutely gorgeous! I wouldn’t be able to take it off!!!
    And then you throw in a skirt as well. I agree the tucks do make it look more contemporary.
    I’m waiting to see what you come up with next 😉

    • lifeaworkinprogress.com says:

      Thanks Lucie, generous as always, especially with all that you have got going on right now! Like you I can’t sit without doing something with my hands, I hope all is going well at Chez Lucie. Maureen

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