The print you see is the batik that I had planned for my Marcy Tilton dress. You know which one. It has the hi-low sort of banded hem and her usual odd cut. I literally just never had the time to pull it together and at this point I don't think I ever well. If you have read here long you know my philosophy of "Just Cut It". I am going to use that batik for the lining of the bodice of the jacket. The sleeves will be something silky. They may be that perfectly flat version of the same taffeta that I found in a totally unrelated area of the store. It was kismet. Yes, the lining cost three times the clearance taff but it works beautifully and you can't take it with you, either.
After pulling it all together it was time to do a little research on my pattern on Pattern Review. Lo and Behold, there was Margy and her spectacular version. While I pined over her vest, I never realized it was the pattern I would be using for my jacket, Simplicity 2153. I do think she planted some sort of "wrinkle" thought in my subconscious, however. It seemed like just the perfect fabric. Now I know why. Most of the jackets and vests on PR looked quite good and give me good ideas how to proceed with my own, minus a small bit of much needed advice. I have sewn "wrinkled" fabric that I have made myself and which had been fused to interfacing to hold the wrinkles. The fabric you see above has been washed and dried on warm and it came out beautifully, no ironing obviously. But I have no plans to fuse this fabric to anything. I like the looseness of the wrinkles and they are clearly permanent. Has anyone sewn with this wrinkly poly fabric? Any hints? I would love to know before I start cutting. I have straightened the grain, laid it on the cutting table, and it is "relaxed". I will have to think a bit before proceeding.
I also have to think about that lining. There is no lining to the pattern but nearly everyone on PR lined theirs. Other than one person saying she eliminated the facings and did an edge to edge lining there was no further insight. I would prefer facings and a bagged lining but have to think out that whole business first. I also thought of lining almost as sort of an underlining and having the facings on top. Hmm..... Any thoughts?
This jacket requires cording for the pockets and waistline. While I haven't settled on that yet, I have found my zip and some Pandora style beads to hang at the end of the cords.
So I am raring to go and this will be perfect for this time of year. We often have hot days into November but very cool nights and mornings. This would be the perfect jacket for that weather. It feels so good to get back to my sewing...............Bunny