I was so excited about how the 18th century peplum jacket turned out that I ran out and bought Vogue pattern 1132. It has a jacket with tapered ruffle in the back. I decided on making the vest with some houndstooth fabric bought recently and green mystery fabric that was purchased back in my university days at a department sale we had. The armholes were self-finished with a rolled hem and I used a hook and eye as the closure.
Don’t worry, I’m getting rid of that old fabric stash little by little with my sewing experiments. My choices back then were pretty scary.
I used the same lining technique where the fashion fabric and lining are layered and sewn together in one seam. Still loving it although I did run into some issues with the front facing. The collar needs to be sandwiched in first, duh Melvenea.
All in all it was a successfully project. Still debating whether I need a matching skirt. We’ll see. I actually wore it with black pants and a tee and got compliments. It feels good to finally be making things I can wear. The ultimate compliment was having someone ask me to make one for her. I think I will!
I have had an fascination with handcrafted textiles since before I can remember. The most influential women in my life have been skilled at sewing and needlecrafts. This includes great grandmother Mattie and grandma Arelia who was ever encouraging and proud of her “sweet pea” as I attempted my first projects at the age of 11.
Starting with braid weaving, then progressing to sewing, then crochet I was on my way. I received a bachelors in Apparel, Textiles and Merchandising from Eastern Michigan University in 2006. Over the years I have picked up knitting, loom weaving, embroidery and finally spinning every type of fiber I can get my hands on.
The process of creating using traditional techniques has brought me much joy and fulfillment over the years and I hope to inspire others to explore our heritage skills through my sharing.
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