If we can identify the magic criteria, I could perhaps ensure that I'd have more hits and fewer misses.
Not that I have an indecent number of misses. But there are definitely items that I turn to again and again, and those that stay hanging in the closet. Have a look at these jacket projects, which all date back to 2007.
First some hits:
|Jacket is #108 from Burda WOF, August|
2006. Top is OOP Vogue 2683
What I love: The fabric - the leaves are woven into the fabric - purchased at Tissus Tuéni in Montreal. The colours - mix of warm brown and beige, and cool greys. The fit. The piping. The collar. I like being able to throw on the jacket and top for an instant ensemble. I like being able to take the jacket off if I overheat.
|Vogue 1472 - Paris Original (ca 1959)|
What I love: The fabric - lush wool with a woven-in design, purchased at the Wool House in Toronto. The somewhat boxy but still refined fit. I appreciated the couture details, like the fact that the collar is cut so that the corners are perfectly square and on-grain (CB seam is off grain as a result), and that a perfect amount was already included for turn-of-cloth. The buttons are vintage glass, purchased from a local collector. I did a good job on this jacket, pad stitching and all. Bound buttonholes, even on the non-working sleeve vents. (More photos here.)
This is a very feminine suit, but still (am I deluding myself?) powerful. I wear it often with a little shell. A jacket and sleeveless top combo is very practical in my office.
Unfortunately, doing a great job sewing-wise isn't the ticket to a hit for my closet.
|Vogue 7908 (Claire Shaeffer pattern)|
There is an unsuccessful matching skirt, which is seamed in a way that makes it impossible to turn into something else, unfortunately. So the jacket is a bit of an orphan. That's a problem. I like it, in theory. However it doesn't get worn very much.
Do these garments reveal anything to you about my style and preferences? Want to see more ancient (pre-blog) projects from The Sewing Lawyer's closet?