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!