Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Jacket Pattern Chosen and Fabric Acquired!

I brought my pile of Burda magazines to class and went through them with my teacher to pick out a jacket pattern. We decided to go with the plus model from the September 2011 issue. I'm probably a French size 42 in a jacket and the sizes start at 44, so we shouldn't have to do that much to adapt it.


I want to lengthen the middle placket so that it extends all the way to the bottom - otherwise it's not very practical as a jacket when it gets cold!

I went up to Paris this weekend to: a) give my friend her blue skirt, and b) buy fabric for the jacket. So I went to the Marché Saint-Pierre for the first time. They have many, many floors of fabric! And yet, I didn't find quite what I wanted. I wanted a loden and they didn't have it. So I also looked at the store across the street - Tissus Reine - but they had even less wool choices. Maybe because it's spring? I spoke with the person in charge of the wool aisle at St Pierre (yes, they have so much fabric there's a person in charge of each section) and I was steered toward another kind of wool that should work, but won't be quite as resistant to water as loden is. I guess I can always break out the umbrella if I'm caught in a downpour. :)

So here's my purchase:


I wanted to find an army/olive green but they only had forest greens, so I changed course and went for this subtly striped red. I'm pretty sure I bought enough to make a pencil skirt (eventually) along with the jacket.

I'm thinking of buying this camel-colored velvet from Ray-Stitch to use for the velvet touches:


What do you think? Would that go well together? I can order a swatch from them to test...

And since I ended up paying much less for the wool than anticipated (sale), I bought this white linen for a skirt that's on my Spring Palette Challenge list:


Speaking of which, I'm taking a break from sewing for me (finally!) because I promised my husband to make him a Negroni this week. So I cut out the fabric yesterday and applied the interfacing. It's so rainy here though that I don't feel much like sewing!

9 comments:

  1. That´s a lovely fabric choice, and how lucky for you that it was on sale as well! :-) I love the fabric district in Paris, I hope to go there sometime this year as well, but can´t complain as I went there three times last year...:-)

    Happy sewing!

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  2. Your fabric choices are lovely - the subtle red is going to be beautiful as a jacket! I'm excited to see what you think of the Negroni pattern - I gave up on mine after trying to make a muslin. I think maybe because I didn't have a male dress form and the real life one was too wiggly?

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  3. I like the red stripe fabric. I think it will look lovely made up into the Burda jacket. I think the velvet will be good too as the trim but maybe try a swatch first just to be sure. Paris fabric district sounds wonderful!

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  4. Oh that red fabric is very special- I can see this- it's going to be lovely!

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  5. I think this is a fab fabric choice! How often do you get up to Paris to shop? Is it far from where you live? I've been to both those fabric stores, and they are sheer heaven, no joke!

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    1. Carolyn, that was my first visit to the fabric district in Paris. Normally I shop at my local stores in Orleans or on-line. I live an hour south of Paris (on the train) and I get up there every couple months I'd say. I'll definitely be going back for fabric in the future, but I think I'll also stick to a list and a budget (like this time) because otherwise I'd be overwhelmed! :)

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  6. Ooh, how lovely! That wool is amazing! I visited Paris for the first time last summer, and we were staying just a few blocks from Marché Saint-Pierre (my husband refused to believe it was just a coincidence). There's so much beautiful fabric!

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  7. Thank you so much for your lovely comment on my Mum's kimono and I will be sure to pass your kind words along. She will be thrilled to have received so many compliments.
    I've just read your reply above... and have a proposal for you. I am going to be in Paris from roughly 9-12th June, maybe we could meet up? Please let me know if this is possible.... :)

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    1. I would love to! So cool! Any day really; I work evenings so I could always come up early in the day. :)

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