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.