Monday, September 08, 2008

Marfy #1234 Jacket with Photos


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Finally, photos of the Marfy jacket I finished Thursday evening. I plan to make pants and a skirt from the contrast twill fabric, but for these photos I tried 3 different pairs of pants, none of which is quite right, so if you follow the link and look at all the photos, just ignore the non-coordinating pants.

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I'm generally very pleased with this jacket. I made it a little more fitted than the pattern drawing shows, and I didn't use the pockets, although I made them and tried them in every position imaginable, but they just were not flattering in the slightest. I think the length is pretty good, although I'm thinking of making the next one just a little longer. This is already somewhat longer than what I've been making recently, but I think I'll go longer yet. Here's the pattern drawing. You'll notice that my buttons are on the opposite side, but since these photos are taken in a mirror, the image is backward. In real life, my jacket fastens the same direction as Marfy's illustration.


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I love the fabric, which is from the Fashion Sewing Group. The lining is a silk tie jacquard from Fabric Mart. They had a bunch of them a few months back, and I bought this and one other. This is probably just a bit heavy/stiff for a jacket lining. The other one is a lighter weight, but the wrong color entirely.

I like the jacket open too. It fits really nicely in the back and it stays put when unbuttoned. I would have shown this, but I haven't decided what I'll wear under this. I assume I will most often wear it closed, but it's nice to have a more casual look available.

You can see the inside finish here, including the backs of the handstitched buttonholes.

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The twill fabric is one reason I wanted to do them this way. It's such a touchy fabric. Every little thing leaves its mark and it's hard to get surface stitching to look good or even. It also wants to fray. Not enough to be a problem with ravelling seams or anything, but enough that the buttonhole lips on the test buttonholes wanted to look frowzy. I used FrayBlock on these, and it did help. Meanwhile the tweed was extremely forgiving, and almost completely hid any stitching at all.


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I love these buttons. I found them at JoAnn's, but they're real shell and quite beautiful.

I have to say I'm happy with this jacket, and I am anxious to start on the next one I have planned from the Blass boucle fabric I got from Elliott Berman Textiles.

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I'm going to begin seriously working on my cashmere coat first though.

16 comments:

loopylulu said...

It's beautiful and the color works really well for your complexion. Can't wait to see the whole ensemble.

Vicki said...

Liana, your jacket has turned out so well. Love the combination of fabrics and the lining is so interesting.

Claudine said...

That jacket looks wonderful on you. I admire the jacket as a whole, but I just swooned over the buttonholes. They are something to aspire to.

LauraLo said...

This is a truly beautiful jacket! Love the fabric, love the buttons, love the lining, but most of all, I love how it looks on you!

Summerset said...

MMMmm - what a beautiful jacket! All of the elements work so well together, the buttons are fabulous. I really like the color on you, too, it complements your skin tone and is "just right".

Miriam said...

It's wonderful to see the details of such a well made jacket. It looks great on you. I can only imagine how much fun it will be to wear with the other garments you have planned.

Vicki W said...

The jacket in beautiful and very flattering. I love the buttons and the bright lining too.

fulviastudio.com said...

You are one TALENTED woman!

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lois said...

Love the jacket, lining, those buttons to die for. And you look great in picture wearing it!!!!!
Lois

Nancy K said...

It is a really beautiful jacket. I love the neckline. It is very flattering and elegant. It should be equally fabulous in that Blass fabric.

Janene said...

Wonderful jacket. Love the fabric. Terrific workmanship!

Claire S. said...

Absolutely beautiful jacket !

Linda said...

Your jacket is lovely and those buttons are wonderful! I am a fairly new sewer and find your blog a source of both inspiration and instruction. Thank you for taking the time to post pictures and explanations of construction details. By the way, have you received your new sewing machine?

Nancy W. said...

I'm so in love with your buttonholes! I've tried doing handworked button holes before, but they looked terrible. I guess I need a lot more practice!

Melodye said...

Liana, what a great jacket. Your usual impeccable work, plus great fabric make another Wow jacket. I like the pants you're wearing with it. The pants appear brown on my monitor so it picks up the color from the buttons and that bit of brown in the tweed. Great job!

Ann's Fashion Studio said...

Liana, your jacket looks beautiful. An excellent fit and the colour is perfect :) I also love those buttons.