I can’t tell you how many times I’ve stared at my fabric, wanting to try out making something for myself, but completely lacking inspiration and confidence. I tried to make a skirt last summer, which turned out way too sloppy and I never wore it. I made a little tube, maxi sundress for Addie’s mermaid party, but I don’t think a tube counts as “sewing for myself.” I’ve watched several of my seamstress/blogging friends tackle adult sewing with incredible success; Kristin, Jessica, and Jen have totally inspired me to jump in, but still, I’m terrified. On Thursday afternoon, I decided to just go for it. I had this interesting heavy, stretch cotton? fabric that I picked up at Joann’s a while back. I have no idea what it is, but I loved the print, the colors, and the price – on sale for $2 a yard. I’m so scared of wasting fabric and time on a pattern that doesn’t turn out, so I thought a jacket might be more flexible in giving an acceptable result. I chose the “Parisian Jacket” from the book, Sew Serendipity by Kay Whitt. I completed the entire jacket in less than a day. My approximate cost for this project was $5 for fabric and $8 for buttons, bringing my total to $13. That’s the kind of price tag that I can live with if I never wear the jacket. The pattern was totally easy to sew, clear instructions, everything fit together like it was supposed to.
The only time consuming part was all of the topstitching, but that’s what makes it look good, right?
Overall, I’m pretty happy with the finished product and I LOVE that I finally made something for myself that I might wear in public. Even though I made the jacket in an XS, I still think it turned out a bit bulky – but you know I wasn’t going to make a muslin and then make the whole thing again “for real.” If the top half of the bodice was tapered in a little more, I think it would be more flattering for my figure, but really, not too shabby.
So….I could really, really use your feedback on this one. What do you think? Is it a keeper? Is it a home-use-only kind of jacket? At this point in my adult-sewing career, my biggest fear is that my garment looks “homemade.”
I’d appreciate your honesty here, you know, so we can move forward in the right direction! And speaking of moving forward, what do you like to sew for yourself? Any good patterns or resources to share?