I had approximately 1 1/3 yard of 60" wide piece of an off white woven with slubbed navy stripes. The fabric actually had a bit of stretch to it. I am not sure where I got it. It insisted on being a jacket. The pattern is Simplicity 2728, a jacket with many variations. Though it came out in 2009, there are still reviews popping up on the PR site.
I made the collarless view with elbow length sleeves. There was no extra fabric to spare. The back, front and shortened sleeve patterns barely fit on the fabric. The neckline and hem facings are in a contrasting navy fabric.
|Barely enough fabric|
|Close up of jacket fabric|
|Simplicity 2728 Jacket front|
|Simplicity 2728 Jacket Back|
I also sewed the blouse worn with the jacket. The fabric is a pink cotton chambray. I searched my pattern stash for a blouse pattern with a collar that could be worn with a V neck jacket. The pattern I chose was an older Vogue Anne Klein blouse pattern, 2789 - view A with pin tucks in the waist area for shaping and sleeves with tie bands
|Stitching Tuck with Edge Stitching Foot|
|Finished Sample Tucks|
Tucks take up fabric in the area where they are sewn. Very few patterns with pin tucks tell you how wide they should be. The patterns typically have the marking for the tuck fold line and that is it. My waist is a bit thicker than the typical pattern waist measurement, so I was very careful to make small, even tucks. While I was sewing them, I thought about other garments that I have made with tucks. I have been sewing since before internet info sources, sew-alongs, blogs, and even local sewing organizations. I would tackle project that tested my sewing skills. Some of them were successful and some were learning experiences. Back in 2002, Vogue 2621 was a learning experience where tucks and lack of fitting expertise (checking my measurements against the pattern) resulted in a UFO (UnFinished Object).
|12 year old UFO|