Saturday, July 23, 2011

McCall's 6039 - Turquoise floral jacket w/ orange piping

When this pattern came out in the spring of last year, it had my name written all over it. I love fitted jackets, interesting construction lines and piping. The fabric is one of those front and back reverse weave cotton/poly jacquards, purchased from JoAnn's. I have several of these types of fabrics and was pleased to have a fun design to make one up in. The orange piping is regular Wright's brand piping bought at any fabric store. I originally wanted a brighter orange, but wasn't willing to go to the effort of making my own with this carrot color readily available.

This pattern is drafted extremely short through the waist. I made a muslin (proud of me?) and had to add 1.5 inches to the lengthen/shorten here line! And I'm short waisted! I also added .75 inches to the now new waistline for a total addition of 3 inches at the waist. I do have a square body but that is way more then what I usually have to add. This is not an easy pattern to make because of all the miles of piping and those super tight square turns in front.

I'm sweating through my camisole in these pictures. Besides the heat wave, this is not something I'll wear during the summer. It looks horrible unclasped so is better suited for cooler weather. I'm thinking early spring with these bright colors. It would also look better with a white skirt, not that I have one at the moment. I really need to make myself some basics.

I love the piped cuffs at the sleeves.

Here's a close-up of the neckline:

The lining is some kind of linen look polyester purchased at Hancock's. I wanted an orange that matched the piping and this is the only one they had. Usually I use something slippery for a lining but this doesn't have to slide on and off over an under layer. Although it does add a bit more bulk then I was anticipating.

I've had the sewing on this jacket completed for a week and have been slowly attaching these silly hooks and eyes. There are 16 of those suckers! First I started out with the larger coat hooks and eyes, but those allowed some skin to show through. Of course I did not notice the gapage until after I had them all sewn down. I am D-O-N-E with making something that needs hooks and eyes for at least 6 months!

I love it - but - won't be making another. One is enough for my closet (and sanity!) The boys have made their yearly pilgrimage to my in-laws and will be gone a week. I am hoping to get a ton of sewing in amongst other non-fun chores (the budget - blah!) More coming soon!

41 comments:

  1. Amanda, I think the orange with the turquoise is just brilliant! Love it and it is so you.

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  2. Very cute! I love the color combo and the piping!

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  3. I don't think I would have made the piping either.

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  4. Your jacket looks fantastic! Sewing on 16 hooks and eyes sounds like my worst nightmare! :]

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  5. It's very sweet but that pop of orange just ups the ante!

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  6. Another amazing jacket from you! Great color combo. Love the piping.

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  7. It is really beautiful and I love the colour combination. If I had to re do 16 hooks & eyes it would be sitting in my ufo pile so well done to you for just getting on with it.

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  8. Such a beautiful jacket! I can't believe it has 16 hooks and eyes! That would drive me crazy :) It looks amazing with the piping and the contrasting fabric! I absolutely love it!!

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  9. So fun and darling! I love the orange piping up against that fabric! It looks positively smashing on you too! The hook and eyes sound like something akin to a terrible ghost story - I have enough trouble just sewing one one let alone 16! Gah! So worth the effort in my opinion! You look fabulous in it and its just a top notch jacket! xoxo, Sunni

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  10. This jacket is beautiful I don't think I could have had the patience to sew all of those hooks and eyes. TFS

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  11. aw, it is so pretty! great job, esp with all those hooks and eyes.

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  12. You did an amazing job. I really like your jacket!! Quite couture also. Congratulations.

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  13. Hello! I have been enjoying your blog - got it on my reading list.

    I LOVE that jacket. I want the pattern! I could so see a use for it in my wardrobe.

    And I think the colour combination and style look terrific on you :-)

    Imogheena

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  14. Terrific jacket. To me it would have been one of those projects that would be followed by a nice simple skirt or dress. Well done.

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  15. This is the kind of pattern that I would be very nervous of attemptiing because it is clear that it needs superbly accurate sewing skills to pull it off. And, of course, that is exactly what you have and your jacket is absolutely stunningly perfect. The choice of fabric, piping and lining is inspired - unexpected and very beautiful! As for the 16 hooks and eyes - my admiration knows no bounds - I have a hissy fit if I have to sew just one of those pesky things!

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  16. Wow.. I always love turquoise and orange I even love it on the inside. Beautiful as always.

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  17. That is a super little jacket. The colors are striking. Nice work, as always.

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  18. One of my favorite color combos and it looks fabulous on you. Those hooks and eyes can be such a bugger to get right so my props to your persistence.

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  19. Gorgeous. So glad you made a muslin first. The colours, detailing and fit are perfect.

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  20. It's lovely and, as ever, looks so good on you! I would never dream of puting orange with turquoise, (or using orange for anything!)but it works so well. I'm inspired to try this pattern for myself now - I love working with piping, not so sure abt 16 hooks and eyes though...

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  21. That jacket is STUNNING!!! I love the turquoise and orange and the inside is gorgeous, too. I keep looking at that pattern but I have never bought it. I am really going to have to do so now. I really don't look forward to those hooks and eyes, but they are well worth the effort. As always, you did a fabulous job. I always look forward to your posts.

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  22. Very nice, I bought this pattern a few weeks back and will keep your comment (about keeping it closed) in mind when I think winter or summer fabrics...

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  23. That looks like a pretty challenging project - perfect fit, piping details and so many hooks & eyes. I bow down to you! It looks amazing on you, too.

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  24. So Cute! Love how you used the fabric and great job on the piping!

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  25. What a perfect project to you. the result is fabulous and suits you perfectly. I don't know anyone who would have sewn all that piping as beautifully as you have. I'll just admire from afar.

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  26. Great pattern for a pretty reversible fabric. The orange piping really makes the jacket pop. It is lovely. I sewed 12 hook and eyes on a dress earlier this summer and it was excruciating, so I can sympathize with you. Hope you get a lot accomplished while your boys are away!

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  27. That jacket is knock out gorgeous.

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  28. Nice jacket. Love all the orange details!

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  29. I love the orange and turquoise combination and I'm so impressed with your piping.

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  30. Very cute and Lily Pulitzer-ish.

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  31. This jacket really suits you. Great color combination and beautifully stitched! Enjoy your sewing time. Every mom needs a break like you are getting from time to time, believe me, I know!

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  32. A ditto on the piping: GREAT craftsmanship! So impressive! I love it!

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  33. FABULOUS!!! That's a work of art!

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  34. Your jacket is so lovely...you've made another masterpiece! And, as is always true, it looks just stunning on you. When I saw the interior, I thought it was reversible. But for the hooks-and-eyes, knowing your haute couture, it could easily be so. Wouldn't it be cool to have a second look to wear after so much meticulous work!

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  35. Amanda:
    I just made this jacket myself (the black, white version with red piping) and then saw your blog after. I didn't see any reviews on PatternReview.com before either. It's interesting to note that I had the same fitting issues - lengthen and widen. Oh and the hooks - that took me a long while! I enjoy seeing your version with additional colors.

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