Sunday, 14 December 2014

A Jewel Jacket: B6105 by Gertie

Here's a project I didn't expect to share so quickly. I knew I wanted something new to wear around Christmas but didn't want to create something that was limited to one month of the year. This focussed an idea that had been slowly forming in the back of my mind over the past few months but only took a day and a half to complete. 

B6105 by Gertie

The idea started with the fabric. I picked up this gorgeous teal with a black velour print while I was in Barcelona on holiday in August. I kept returning to it and knew I would leave with fabric regret if I didn't buy any. Of course I obliged by getting three metres as I wasn't sure what I was going to create. Slowly but surely my mind settled on B6105, the wrap around jacket designed by Gertie. What if I paired the fabric with a silky black contrast? It seemed like a win in my book so I set to it. 

I made a toile to check the fit across my shoulders and discovered that the sleeves were too wide. There is a lot of ease in them. I took out 5cm from the cuff, tapering to nothing at the sleeve cap, on the upper sleeve. This was the only alteration I made, although I probably should have moved the arm hole seam in a bit as I forgot this pattern was drafted for shoulder pads - which I didn't include. 

B6105 by Gertie

I recommend reading through the instructions before starting this pattern and getting familiar with all of the markings on the pieces. You will trace a lot of small circles to help the pieces match up and sew between as well as reinforcing lines and darts. Construction is logical and easy to follow but there is a lot going on. As the jacket is fully lined, you will follow nearly every step twice as you create two jackets. It is possible to jump ahead of the instructions and complete all of the stitching for the shell and then the lining before bringing them both together. This saved me a lot of time as I didn't have to switch needles and thread as much as I might have. 

B6105 by Gertie

I found stitching the collar particularly tricky. I find the technique of clipping to a point, stitching three sides of a square and reinforcing the corners difficult and haven't yet managed to perfect it. It is better on one side of the jacket than the other but I'm hopeful no one will notice! Be prepared for some hand stitching if you choose to make this. The lining is closed at the waist seam which requires slip stitching the entire width of the jacket. I also hand stitched the sleeve hems in place. We all know pressing is important in a project; but it is particularly important at two stages for this jacket. The contrast collar and lower front lining are only pressed into place and it is helpful if you take your time to press it very well. Under stitching would have been a useful addition but I didn't have matching thread for either (how do you run out of black thread?!)

B6105 by Gertie

There are two versions of the pattern. View A is a jacket and View B is a knee length coat. I was tempted to go all out and make B but sadly I didn't have enough lining. The lining is silk that I bought on Goldhawk Road while Lauren was in town. It is very smooth and a hell of lot easier to work with than my last lot! It shifted a little while cutting out but it withstood going through the machine with ease. I'm not fully certain what the teal fabric is. I'm starting to wonder if it is some form of knit. It is very stable, has some stretch on the cross grain and doesn't need finishing. Normal needles couldn't cope with it so I switched to a jeans needle (the only other one I had to hand) and it worked perfectly once I had lowered the tension a little. 

B6105 by Gertie

I'm delighted with how the jacket turned out. I had a strong idea of how I wanted it to look and was praying it would throughout construction. Thankfully it has mostly lived up to expectations (the collar being the exception). It feels like a little treat to wear this and I think this is down to how well the fabrics work together. It's reasonably warm too. I didn't get too cold while the photos were being taken - despite the look on my face in the photo above! I couldn't leave that photo out as it the one that most realistically captures the teal. I'm looking forward to wearing this more over the next couple of weeks and then to finding other occasions in the new year. I also need to decide what to make with the left over metre and a bit. I'm tempted by a pencil skirt, or a similar shape. What do you think? 

14 comments:

  1. Amazing (and surprisingly quick) make! The colour really suits you, and the fabric is gorgeous. I quite like the idea of a pencil skirt; that way you may have a kind of suit for an special occasion that you can also wear as separates!

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    1. Thanks, I'm really pleased with it. I hadn't thought about wearing the jacket and skirt together. Wouldn't that be too much? I have no idea!

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  2. Looks great Claire, I'm glad it came together for you :) good work on getting it finished so quickly! Yes, definitely go for a pencil skirt, that will look fab! And as Vaire says, matching suit, yes!

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    1. Thanks, Kelly. Yay for quick projects!

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  3. Wow, the jacket is an amazing piece of work! And all that hand stitching involved. Sounds like a lot of work. I'm also voting for the pencil skirt. It will be a great outfit for special or more official occasions :)

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    1. Thank you. The hand stitching isn't too bad but it was made worse by stitching black. Sounds like I need to find a pencil skirt pattern now!

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  4. Wow! Your jacket is gorgeous. The fabric is beautiful, I can see why you loved it. And I'm another yes to a pencil skirt.

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    1. Thanks, Lynne! I'll shortly be working out my 2015 sewing plans and I think a pencil skirt will be high on the list!

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  5. That fabric is lush. And I agree with the group, it would look great with a pencil skirt. Very sharp!!

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    1. Thanks, Amy. You can see why I had to buy the fabric...

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  6. I can't believe you finished this in such a short time - it's amazing! And another vote for a pencil skirt. :)

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    1. Thank you! I'm hearing the votes for a pencil skirt, working on it this weekend!

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