This jacket in vintage green and white cotton knit is my first assault on top end of town conservatism. The wool khaki trim from Tessuti reminds me of my militancy and the buttons, also from Tessuti show that there is no need to sacrifice elegance in pursuit of the cause. I love the results, its a little bit Armani and a little bit Chanel, but not slavishly copying either. It is also very comfortable to wear, thanks to my Sewing Guild buddy Sharon who suggested cutting the acetate sleeve lining on the bias so it moves in the same way as the knit. This wasn't necessary for the body of the garment which I gave more body with fusible interfacing.
Practiced my bound buttonholes and top stitch free pockets (used in my husband's jacket). I also developed a new method for sewing pocket flaps without bulk or top stitching. Sew binding onto the top of the right side of the flap and handstitch all edges. Turn over and press, the handstitch in place. The result is very neat and provides a couture finish on the outside of the garment. I ran out of binding to go around the sleeves - what do you think? To bind or not to bind?
Next up...I'm whispering now....boring grey flannel pants (Simplicity 2700). But fear not, I plan to team it with a camel cashmere trench jacket (Burda 4/2008 107 - with long sleeves), gold silk blouse (Burda Style 4/2011 113) and my new Midas brogues that insisted on following me out of the store.
Now ladies, what are you stitching for the revolution? Vive la revolution de la couleur!