I found it quite hard to pick something to make out of the June issue, because none of the patterns either caught my eye or suit my lifestyle at this point in time. In fact if it weren't for this self imposed challenge I probably wouldn't have made anything at all, so it's good that I am doing this challenge and so far sticking with it! I originally planned to make this asymmetrical blazer:
So I chose to make this simple bomber style jacket instead, 6/2012 #102:
The magazine suggests a lurex jersey, but I'm not sure I've even seen such a fabric let alone have some in my stash. But since it is still a little bit cold in our parts, I decided to use this ummmm, how to describe it, "unique" quilted fabric that I've had in the stash for ages that I bought at an opshop. It's one of those fabrics that I can't quite decide whether it's cute or ugly (it's sometimes a fine line isn't it?) but I think it looks alright made up in this pattern:
I decided to play up the folksy feel of the woodland print by wearing this with a corduroy skirt I made a long time ago and a cream skivvy - does this have a 70s vibe to it or what?
The pattern is super simple, with very little shaping because I guess a lurex jersey would drape and cling better, but this is a rather thin quilted fabric so it's not too bad. I did leave off the elastic waistband and cuffs for the simple reason that I didn't want it to puff up any more because the Michelin man is not the look I'm going for.
My verdict: a casual but smart jacket style that is so quick and easy to sew. If I make this again I would probably take it in a little at the sides and narrow the sleeves to make it a bit more shapely. I am thinking about making it in a black and white gingham, with black ribbed cuffs, colour and waistband because a friend of mine has a Gstar jacket just like this that looks awesome. Although now I think about it, is it a little too Single White Female to copy your friend's clothes so slavishly?
Thanks for all your input to the stripey fabric from the last post - I knew all you ladies would have some great ideas. BeaJay you're absolutely right that navy is the natural pairing for this fabric, I wouldn't have picked it myself but you obviously have a great eye for colour. I've decided to go for it and make a dress, mainly because I love dresses and I can still buy more of this fabric if I make the wrong choice so there's nothing to be afraid of. Besides, I thought if I picked a dress like this:
then I could cut it in half and make two separates anyway, so it's a win win. But since this isn't a breastfeeding friendly dress nor a Burda dress, I'll add it to my to do list so don't expect to see it anytime soon!