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Take 5 - Simplicity 2443

Thursday, March 29, 2012

I love this pattern.  This is the fifth time I've used it (previously here, here, here and here) and I'm pretty sure I'll use it again because the vest is whispering my name.


I had a girl's night out planned and I was determined to wear this jacket.  I don't usually like sewing to a deadline, but this time it really worked for me and I love the way its turned out.  The jacket doesn't pull across my bust (not that I'll ever wear it done up), it's just the way I'm standing.  I seem to get all awkward in front of the camera.


The fabric is a beautiful soft olive linen/cotton blend from Kelani Fabrics.  This time around I left off all the pockets and tabs, added an extra inch to the length of the body, left off the sleeve plackets and fully lined it.  I knew I wanted buttons, not the ties, but I was really worried I wouldn't find anything I liked.  In the end I found these mottled brass buttons as Spotlight, which I love, but I think the buttons ended up costing as much as the fabric (does $7 a button seem like a lot to anyone else?). 


I finished the jacket about an hour before I was due to leave and I decided I needed a 3/4 sleeve t-shirt to wear underneath (as you do!).  So I used an old t-shirt as a pattern and cranked one out.  It's a bit tighter than I was planning but I really like it, and I got out the door on time.  I was on a sewing high and had a great night out with my netball girls.

14 comments:

Bernice said...

Great jacket. It really looks like a casual easy-to-wear style. I can't believe you whipped up a tee from start to finish an hour before you had to leave. I'd spend days just thinking about it.

Gabrielle said...

I love this pattern on you too :-) - it's a cracker! You may be feeling awkward in front of the camera (don't we all) but you are looking great... and yes $7 / button is a lot. Still cheaper than buying a jacket though!

Gabrielle said...

I meant to also say - thanks for your well wishes! My mum is still in hospital but feeling much more comfortable, and I'm relieved as she seems to be in very good hands.

Doobee said...

Love the colour,and the style on you!!! And to whip up a top just before going out - now that is good....

Sharon said...

Brilliant jacket and the colour is gorgeous. Now to whip up a t-shirt in an hour, it took me that long to cut mine out last night (stripes)!

fabric epiphanies said...

I love your jacket. This pattern is on my to do list as well

Sue said...

Great jacket - I didn't think Spotties would carry buttons that expensive! When the jacket dies (from being loved and worn) - keep the buttons - family heirloom there! Ha!

I will work for Fabric said...

I love the whole outfit! That is such a great color on you, I've been eyeing off that pattern mainly for the dress though. Cant beleive you whipped up a t-shirt that quickly!

katherine h said...

Wow, you got your monies worth out of this pattern! I like this jacket. I also like the magenta version. I have often looked at this pattern but never bought it...perhaps I should.

prttynpnk said...

This shape is so nice on you- great job- now I have one more reason to want to make this pattern!

Carolyn said...

I adore this jacket on you! I have this pattern, I bought it simply because of this jacket, but I have never made it up. It looks really good with the buttons instead of the ties; a good call!
And I'm glad you had a fabulous night out!

PurpleMum said...

Wow, you look sensational. That pattern has been a great investment, and the latest like all the others , looks great!

Carolyn said...

Robyn, I don't mind being "pinned" I'm just flattered that you liked that tute! Thank you! Actually, I found it is a very interesting exercise to go on to Pinterest and see all the things pinned from one's blog....

velosewer said...

Hi Robyn.
You're jacket is great and I love your style.