From the studio this time, we have McCalls 5941 Jacket made in some lovely Martin and Savage Fabric called Black Widow.
Pants for this outfit come from Simplicity 2860 - fabric from The Fabric Store, Surry Hills - a lovely fine wool blend.
I used some Lace Hem Tape for the jacket hem - the Selfish Seamstress put me onto this stuff - you simply sew it to the hem edge, turn it up and then hand stitch the hem as usual - it just takes away some of the bulk. I lined the jacket - though the pattern didn't include lining.
Please excuse my totally non photogenic and at times absent face - it was my cranky mum face instructing my 15 year old on taking photos - I am so not natural in front of a camera!!! Anyway, the fabric is of course the winner of this design - it is only 5% wool and the rest is synthetic - but it looks felted and it is soft and warm - I have since seen it made up in ready to wear in several shops and in magazines.
I wasn't sure how to complete the closures - the pattern calls for snaps to be sewn in quite a few places to make the collar stand up like a funnel - but my neck was obviously not quite as long as the funnel - so I just left it to one snap closure and allowed the collar to sit flatish.
I made my tried and true Jalie 2682 for the black top underneath - this is a great design and super quick to make up, although the fabric was just a low grade Lycra blend - it was pretty yuck quality wise and left me less than impressed .....
There's that cranky stern face again!!!
I wore this out last night. We went to see Richard Clapton - reliving our youth with a whole lot of others reliving theirs - it was a great night out - caught up with some old buddies and Mr Clapton was in fine vocal form.