Sunday, February 16, 2014

Extended Stay


What a week! I enjoyed an extended business trip in Houston, Texas because my return flights, to areas hard hit by the snow storm, were canceled. Then I had to play the alternate flight game to get home. Thanks god for corporate travel services.   DH and I had a little competition to see who could  get home first. He was in Kansas City, KS and he won the race, making his way home through Cleveland, Ohio to Washington, DC, and renting a car for the remainder of the trip on Friday morning. I arrived back in the wee hours of Sat. morning.  On the positive side, Houston was warm and I was within walking distance of a mall with very high end stores, so I did some snoop shopping. I love the fabrics and style details of the clothes in those stores, but oh the prices!    And who knew Houston had palm trees. It is always  interesting to see where palm trees have been "imported for landscaping."
Palm tree in Houston

Once back at home I was able to finish New Look 6226, described as a lined baseball jacket with zipper-front, side pockets and comfortable elastic waist. And contrast collar, and sleeves for added flair.
New Look 6226
  I was attracted to the pattern  because it looked like it would be quick to sew. I could use large scraps ( 1 yard 60" each) of fabric I already had, and the jacket could be a light weight alternative to a blazer. The fabrics used were poly print for the body and lt/medium weight ponte knit for the sleeves and trim.  I did not line the jacket.    The casings are sewn on, which seems like extra work when they are the same width as the garment and sleeve bottom edges.   Why not extend the bodice and sleeve length enough to make a turned up casing for the elastic?  I appreciated that the finished garment measurements and the ease  were printed on the pattern pieces.  For this pattern, ease  was  10 inches over the body measurement. Too much for me in a blouson style jacket.  I used a size smaller than I usually do to reduce the ease.
 
Pattern Ease


I wanted the jacket bottom band to rest on my  high hip rather than be cinched at the waist.  I cut the waist elastic to the length I needed to achieve that, rather than to the pattern guide



New Look 6226




New Look 6226 Baseball Style Jacket

22 comments:

handmadebychris said...

Wow, this looks amazing! I've been toying with the idea of making one of these jackets for a while (Burda is full of them), but I always thought they might be too sporty for my liking. But seeing your result I think I am converted!

Linda said...

I really like this jacket. Just the right amount of "blouson" and stopping at high hip is very flattering. Great fabric, too.

asisewit said...

What a great use of leftovers. ~Teri

Roz said...

Excellent choice of pattern and fabrics!

Sharon said...

Very stylish jacket and love the use of your leftovers!

SewTypical said...

Now I want a baseball jacket!

twotoast said...

Your jacket looks lovely and goes so well with your trousers without looking at all 'matchy matchy'. Very classy!

mags said...

Lovely. Just read your article in sew today, how exciting.

Catherine Daze said...

The print really pops with your turquoise necklace.

Gabrielle said...

That's a great looking jacket - the shape looks just right, and obviously it's going to be a great match with your wardrobe :)

becki-c said...

I wish I had known that you were in Houston, we could have had lunch and done some fabric shopping! There is a great sewing community here.

Great job coordinating, that looks wonderful. Its a good, harmonious blend without being all matchy.

Diana said...

As usual, you produced a stylish and interesting top in great fabric.Love it!

Jean said...

Beautiful! I love how this doesn't look too sporty -- it really works as an alternative to a blazer!

Beth (SunnyGal Studio) said...

that looks great on you.

AllisonC said...

Blouson jackets seem to be popping up everywhere at the moment so you are right on trend. I love the colour combo you've used, but 10 inches of ease, really!? - good job on the adjustments to get such a nice fit.

Melody said...

What a great jacket. I would have never given this pattern a second look, now I'm inspired and I've got some good pieces of "leftover" that would be perfect. Way to go!!

Carolyn (Diary of a Sewing Fanatic) said...

Love this! Great color combination and a wonderful alternative to the blazer/pant combo.

SEWN said...

Love it! Now I want one. :)

Lucia said...

You look great in that jacket! I never even look at bomber jackets because i think they won't suit me, but you are making me rethink that. Great that you reused thatgorgeous print BTW.

Carole Mellin said...

What a great look. Thanks for all your tips regarding using this pattern, because I will be looking for it. Loved the way you combined your fabric scraps!

Vicki said...

Love this! I want to make a bomber jacket too. Great way to use up scraps and co-ordinate with other wardrobe items.

Sassy T said...

Love this jacket. Definitely going to buy this pattern.
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