Wednesday, 2 March 2016

double denim - decades of style 3s a charm jacket and megan nielsen brumby skirt

i've got a thing at the moment for denim and chambray so it was only a matter of time before i went for the double denim'ish look.

the jacket is the recently released three's a charm jacket from decades of style.  when it was released i was immediately drawn to its clean lines and fitted shaped.  i have been wanting to make a jacket for a long time, but have been waiting for the right pattern.  when i saw this pattern i bought it straight away as i thought it looked like a fairly straightforward make and a good starting point for jackets!



the sizing of the pattern is based on bust size and i decided to go with a size 34, being the size that most closely matches my bust measurement.  i didn't make any alternations and am very happy with the fit of the jacket. i am going to add a button at the front so i can wear the jacket open or closed.  wearing it closed eliminates the wrinkles you can see at the upper front area in the photo above.


the fabric is a stretch denim i picked up at spotlight durring a sale.  i got a metre of the 150cm wide fabric and was able to just squeeze this jacket out of the metre by piecing the bottom of each sleeve - you can see the seam in the photo below of the jacket inside out.  the metre of fabric cost $6.00, making this one cheap jacket!


the jacket went together beautifully and the instructions are very clear, although i only gave them a quick glance. one of the times i did look at them was before stitching on the facing - i love the instructions for turning the points by folding the seam allowance back over.  mine turned out quite sharp, even given the weight of the denim.  the only thing i would have liked to see is the wide point of the fisheye darts marked on the pattern like the big 4 do, but this is easy enough to work out for yourself.


oh yes i really like this jacket and can see me making several more - definitely a black one, but i am also thinking about bright colours too.

 

while the jacket is pretty clean on the inside unlined, i would also like to have a go at underlining and hong kong bound seams too on another version.

the skirt is the megan nielsen brumby skirt. i made version 1 in chambray that i picked up in fabric town on our recent tokyo trip. i made a medium as my waist measurement is spot on the medium waist measurement.  one of my sewing friends lee has made up this skirt and said she had got a perfect fit matching her waist measurement - thanks lee!


the skirt fits beautifully, although for the back seam i made the seam allowance the width of the zip - eg marginally smaller than the 1.5cm specified to give me just a smidgen more breathing room given my waist measurement was exactly the same as for the medium size. i am very happy with the fit.  the skirt went together beautifully.  i really love megan's drafting and the quality of her instructions - not that i really needed them really for this skirt - but they are so lovely looking you just want to have a look at them!

the  tee is the free maria denmark kimono tee - i have made this so many times i have lost count, you can check out a few of them here.  its such an easy tee to whip up consisting of only 2 pieces and bindings.  the fabric is a lovely soft japanese knit from the cloth shop.
 
 
 yep this jacket and outfit are both winners!


 til next time,

emma

12 comments :

  1. A winning outfit. I'm a little obsessed demin at the moment too.

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    1. Thanks Anna! I have a just above knee length tesutti annie dress planned in denim next. I just can't get enough of it!

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  2. Wow! to get such a good fit on your jacket without alteration is amazing. You need to go and buy yourself a lottery ticket! Fab outfit all round.

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    1. Thanks Paola! I think i will end up with a fair few of these in my wardrobe!

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  3. Seriously cute jacket! I am so keen to make a few more jackets after my Schnittchen Jacket Mona last winter. They are handier than I thought as a throwover. This might have to go on my list.

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    1. Thanks Jillian! I just bought the Schnittchen Coco - they have such great patterns - I am really keen to make the Coco up. The Mona is so tempting too, I loved your version.

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  4. Love your jacket...such a nice shape and fit. Great outfit!

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    1. Thanks Jean - I am so glad the weather is finally getting a bit cooler so I can start to wear it!

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  5. This jacket is great - a lovely shape, and those darts look very interesting too. I have a couple of decades of style patterns tucked away that I've never tried - but it sounds like the sizing is true (and what a great fit in this jacket!) so I should bring them back to the "to sew" list! I have never tried a Megan Nielsen pattern but this does look good = and again, if the sizing is spot on... BTW the blues look really good on you too :)

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    1. Thanks Gabrielle, I have a real thing for blue at the moment! Yes the DoS jacket was very true to size and the two MN patterns I have made have been true to size too. It makes such a big difference when you aren't having to alter something to become a size you were expecting it to be in the first place!

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  6. nice, I've had my eye on that jacket. I like the look of that denim and well done on getting it out of 1m ;o)

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    1. Thanks Colette! I actually went back and bought some more of the denim - think it must have been close to 2m wide! It was VERY wide whatever it was, but a bargain none the less:)

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