When in between seasons, especially Sydney's current extra mild autumn, thoughts do not turn to coats and boots and scarves but to in between jackets. You know, a little unlined something to grab on the way out the door just incase a bit of cool air hits.
So I made this from stash denim and B5616.
Yes, that is the Opera House. I went to the ballet with a camera shy friend who insisted if I was going to have a shot in front of the Opera House I also needed one in front of the Sydney Harbour Bridge.
After we saw the three one act modern ballets, one of which was curious, one of which was ho-hum and one of which was brilliant (and sipped champagne during intermission) we went to the James Squire pub in the Rocks for dinner. All in all a lovely day out. It reminds me why I love Sydney.
People, I was not organized enough to sign up to SoZo's http://sozowhatdoyouknow.blogspot.com.au/ increasingly popular Me-Made-May, but this is my Me-Made-Saturday in May.
I also made the fully lined polished cotton dress, reviewed on PR here. It's been too hot to wear a fully lined dress until now!
The jacket is made from B5616, a recent pattern purchase. Other reviewers on PR found it a little boxy but it was just what I wanted and I love the fact that it fitted me right out of the packet. Bonus!
The denim was originally dark brown and I dyed it using Dylon machine dye in Black Velvet. Here is a link. I was a bit apprehensive about using dye in my machine but it was easy and the result a very pleasing antique blue with dark undertones that's just perfect, even if it was not black or the black/brown that I expected. The instructions said to do a full wash with an empty machine afterwards but as I was reluctant to waste power and water I threw a load of faded denims in to pick up any residue and clear the machine. It was fine.
I put jean buttons down the front and co-ordinating snaps on the sleeves, did some carefully chosen topstitching and then had a hell of a time with the buttonholes. I'll do the nitty-gritty when I write the Pattern Review.
I like this pattern. I'll be using it again.
Happy Sunday wherever you are,