First of all, I was so flattered to be asked to chat on the Clothes Making Mavens podcast back in August, and now my episode is live! You can hear it here. Thanks for having me, Lori and Helena!
Next up, my latest project for Cali Fabrics. I admit, this striped jersey had me stumped for over a month – not because it wasn’t nice, but because it wasn’t quite what I expected!
When I read the description, I imagined a stretchy ponte fabric. Instead, it’s definitely a jersey, which is *cough* in the fabric’s name and description! All misinterpretation was on my side. Here was my thought process as I weighed my options:
- Make a coatigan – no, it’s so stretchy that it would show pants pockets etc underneath, and not sit nicely.
- T-shirt dress, possibly with interesting piecing of the strips – no, it’s stiff enough that it would tent unflatteringly over the belly when I (let’s be real) slump or sit.
- A-line mini-dress. Yes, but do I really want such a dress? I’m not sure.
I actually mention this fabric in the podcast, when I talk about getting stuck for too long in the planning phase. Finally I decided just to keep it simple, and make a little Jenna Cardi jacket!
To make the pattern more like a little French jacket, I eliminated all the bands at neck, centre front, and hem. I got scared halfway through that it was way too cropped, but I actually like the proportion in the end!
For a cleaner finish, I lined the front with polyester crepe knit and use the same for a facing along the back hem. The slippery knit helps it sit more smoothly over clothes. I’ve made this pattern twice before but promptly gave away both versions, because I never liked how it sat on my figure. This one is finally a winner!
This project really made me think about finding the perfect pattern to bring out the good qualities of a fabric, without exacerbating the bad. Which is a good message to keep in mind because I just bought a bunch of sweater knits, which I find can go really well or really badly!
Have you had any brilliant (or awful) matches of fabric and pattern lately? Tell me your stories of triumph or sorrow!