Gosh I am doing so well with imaginative blog titles huh?
Today I am sharing with you a new jacket that I feel Simplicity is trying to keep secret. The pattern is, of couse, Simplicity 1419, where the pattern envelope is all about the dress. The jacket gets relegated to a drawing off to the side like it doesn’t matter, like its design is not worthy of being made into a real garment. Well I am here to make that little jacket feel better, it does matter and it is a winner of a pattern.
Really, how could it go wrong? A simple unlined jacket with a a frill on the bottom – how cute is that?!
I used a navy cotton sateen with a small amount of stretch and made the pattern in a straight size 14 with no alterations to the pattern. I might normally do an FBA, but I figured that as it is worn open and doesn’t have a closure it wouldn’t be an issue and luckily it wasn’t. Next time though I would shorten it by about an inch as the top of the frill is probably supposed to line up closer to my waist.
There is a facing (is anyone a fan of facings?) but I can attest that it does stay to the inside and isn’t one of those annoying ones that needs tacking down everywhere! I edged mine with a beautiful bias I have had in the stash forever.
I was nervous that the frill might look junior or cheapen the whole look, but I am super happy with it and have worn the jacket a lot since finishing it a month or so ago. I’m loving wearing this jacket with my Simplicity 1660 top and a pair of jeans for those days when jeans are my item of choice. They are my go to item when the weather is changeable and kind of in between seasons.
On a side note, we have had so many weird in between days lately, too hot for a dress with tights but not warm enough for a dress without tights. During the day is lovely but the mornings and home time are a little chilly, and I must admit to being a bit of a wuss with the cold weather!
Further side note, have I shared with you my new love of the colour navy? For years and years I have avoided it after wearing a dark navy jumper one day and someone asked me “are you ok, do you need to sit down? You look awful.” I felt fine and realised the colour just didn’t suit me. Now I realise that was the dark navy, almost an ink colour and that a lighter navy is fine on my skin tone. In fact it is actually so good I am gravitating to it over my previous favourite black.
I don’t have too much more to say about the jacket as I just sewed it up “as is”. The instructions were good and I don’t remember deviating from them at all (sorry, I didn’t write notes but that normally means there were no issues). The fit is pretty good, although perhaps a little roomy across the back, on the flipside the extra room makes it perfect for layering. I think this is a really flattering jacket, it’s not too boxy and the frill highlights the waist.
So what you think? Not too cute-sy? Do you know of any other “secret” patterns out there that lurk within another, just waiting like treasure to be dug up??