Saturday, March 6, 2010

Butterick 5334 - Purple wool jacket w/ shawl collar

This is my jacket for February. The idea for it was born last fall when Hancock Fabrics put all their wool on sale half off. There were all the usual colors - black, gray, brown, red, and this deep purple. Since I'd stashed quite a few coordinating purple fabrics at that time, I knew a matching jacket of some sort would be the perfect compliment. Wool is usually scratchy on my sensitive skin, so I went looking for a pattern without a close collar. This is what I ended up with. Although this design wasn't originally picked out of the pattern book as a must have, I really like it. It reminds me of all the sweater knit cardigans that have been made up lately by various bloggers.

I liked the wide shawl collar, princess seams, front peplum and raglan sleeves. The cuffs at the sleeve bottoms were also a fun little detail. I added belt loops at the sides so that I could take this jacket off and not have to keep up with the matching belt. Thin raglan shoulder pads were put in for a little definition. Oh, and the blouse and skirt were also made by me last year. I get a real kick out of wearing an entirely hand made outfit .

This collar is surprisingly not scratchy at all.

The front is closed by a fabric loop and a fabric covered button. These are hidden underneath the tie belt. For the lining I used gray Ambiance. I could not find a similar shade of purple nor any fun coordinating charmeuse fabrics, so I went with plain gray to match the gray in my blouse.

Full lining:

Here's a close-up of the belt loop I added to the side seams.

If the fabrics and notions I've used are recent enough to remember, I thought it would be interesting to post how much a garment costs me to make. I meant to do this for my turquoise wool dress but forgot when I was doing the post.

TOTAL COSTS:
Butterick pattern: $0.99
2 1/2 yards purple wool on sale half off: $18.75
1 3/8 yards gray Ambiance purchased with a coupon: $7.42
a yard or so of interfacing (which I purchase large quantities of when it's on sale): $1.50
covered button floating around my button box: $0.50
grand total: $29.16 give or take plus a little bit for sales tax

Not bad for a fitted lined jacket, right?

I must say that this jacket was not much fun to make. I started it in January and promptly lost my sewing mojo. Finishing it was almost painful, I guess because it's a solid color and doesn't have any challenging bits like topstitching or pockets or some such. But I hate to leave projects unfinished. And I knew it would get a lot of wear. Er, maybe next winter on the lots of wear, though. Spring is coming on quickly here in Texas.

36 comments:

  1. Love it! You look awesome.

    It is totally great to wear something that fits as wonderfully as your jacket does. A RTW jacket of the same quality would have cost an arm & a leg!

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  2. Wow, what a pretty jacket! The fit is so lovely too, not sloppy like a cardigan. I would not have looked twice at this pattern.

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  3. That is a gorgeous jacket and a lovely outfit. I loved your blue Vogue dress, too, but I never had time to comment. I can't wait to see your mini wardrobe. I haven't been blogging lately because I have been so busy, but I definitely try to keep up with your blog--it is one of my favorites!!

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  4. Love the jacket--it's simply Gorgeous (pronounced 'gawgeous") LOL! The color is so rich. I understand how you fill about sometimes losing steam on the solid sewing pieces. But you've inspired me to start sewing more solids:) Great job!

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  5. I probably would not have noticed this pattern at all, but I really like your version. I love wearing jackets but sometimes they feel too formal so this style is a perfect solution. Love the colour too!

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  6. I'm glad you finished it. It looks spectacular! Love the color and the style on you. It looks really modern.

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  7. You know, I get so excited when I see your name on my google reader! I love everything you make and your style is similar to mine. No, you don't look like an old lady...lol, but you like the tailored well put together look and are matchy matchy in such a good way. Love, this jacket. It works so well with the other pieces and the colour is perfect for you. 2 jackets down, 10 to go :)

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  8. It looks wonderful on you and I love those slightly rounded shoulders and the collar. It inspires me with my own attempts at the McCalls 5815 jacket pattern. Thank you!

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  9. Hi,

    I love your blog, it's one of my favourites. Your clothes are always so well sewn and you really have a hand for the style that suits you most!

    Love this jacket as well. Looks very good on you. Well done, as usual!
    Interesting to read about the cost of the clothes, as well, nice feature.


    Sew long, ;)

    frifris

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  10. A very nice outfit! I like it very much!

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  11. Great Job!! Love, Love, Love. And put together well with the other pieces.

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  12. Your outfit is beautiful. It all coordinates perfectly. The new jacket is awesome!

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  13. You look fantastic in this lovely jacket! I love the color, and the fit is perfect.

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  14. Absolutely love this! The color is so rich and adds to the style of the jacket. Purple is an excellent color on you BTW.

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  15. Beautiful - I love the color too!

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  16. Beautiful jacket. I love the color...

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  17. Oh Amanda, this jacket is lovely. Enjoy wearing it, you look great in it particularly with that lovely skirt.

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  18. Very pretty jacket on you. I love that color of purple.

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  19. The jacket is so beautiful. I love the color on you.

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  20. I have been meaning to sew a jacket like this one for a while now, but haven't found the perfect fabric yet and am still wondering about what colour I want to make it in. But I have to say this purple looks great on you!

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  21. I been following your blog for a little wile, and love the clothes you make! This jacket is just beautiful.

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  22. That looks amazing on you. It goes perfect with your purple wardrobe that you have made and it looks so tailored, no one would imagine how much it ended up costing you in material!

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  23. That is a great color on you. Love the style - I would have totally guessed it was a sweater cardigan!

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  24. That is fabulous! I like that it's a cross between a jacket and a cardi, it will be great for transitional weather and can even be worn indoors.

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  25. Great jacket! The color is stunning and matches perfectly with your wardrobe!

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  26. The jacket looks beautiful on you (although, most everything you make looks great on you). I love the color. It is luscious!

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  27. It's lovely and well worth your hard work!

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  28. Purple looks so good on you. Lovely outfit. I totally overlooked this pattern, but it is an interesting jacket with the deep V neck, peplum and wide shawl collar. The colors of your outfit remind me of the crocus and miniature iris that are starting to bloom in my yard. Finally!

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  29. Gorgeous! I love the purple and gray combination.

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  30. It's all been said - what more can I say? Love it, love it, love it!! Wear it proudly - you did a beautiful job!

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  31. Lovely Jacket - well done ...I love the colour

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  32. Oh my gosh, it's great, Amanda. What a lovely, lovely jacket.

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  33. That is a beautifully made jacket. It looks stunning on you!

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