When I travel I like to buy fabric as a souvenir and make something that will remind me of a special time and place. This jacket is Vogue 1467 and is made from wool that I bought at Avoca mill which is the oldest existing mill in Ireland. The countryside is beautiful and sheep were grazing not far away. There are still a few hand looms so we were able to see hand weaving in action. I love having the fabric from this mill with its history.
I have had my eye on Vogue 1467 ever since the McCalls sew-along in 2014. By reading all the posts from that effort I avoided some of the pitfalls which might have been associated with this pattern. For instance, I used fusible interfacing which I extended only to the seam lines. The one time I had a problem with bulk was when I did the buttonholes at the end. My Bernina balked. It just would not stitch them no matter what adjustments I made. My Babylock A-line Grace came to the rescue and stitched without a hitch. I love that machine. Believe it or not, I won that machine in a drawing at a local fabric store many years ago.
The lining is silk that I bought at Promenade Fine Fabrics in New Orleans on another trip. It feels very good against my skin. I especially like the design of the back of this jacket. I may use that at some point on another garment. This was not a difficult jacket to sew, probably because I had all the advice of other sewists before I even started. I know I will enjoy wearing it as it is just the right weight for our Dallas winters.
You are totally cool. Love the jacket and your blog.
Thanks. I think it will be fun.
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Hello, isn’t it such good fun to find like-minded world travellers who also enjoy making their own clothes, especially from local finds?
This is really and truly a souvenir from your genuine travels. I hope you had a good time and were made to feel welcome here. Ruth
I was just looking at your post this morning about your camping sewing. I even showed my husband the pictures of the boring camp gear alongside of your beautiful colored camping clothes and told him that this was a great thing about sewing. Good to hear from you.