Saturday, January 4, 2014

Speakeasy Anna + Vogue 8640 Jacket

Speakeasy Anna

I made this dress for the annual speakeasy party. I love it. It's not too fancy really, in fact I felt completely underdressed at the event, so I can wear it to work. I thought it had a sort of art deco print that would work for the era but I just looked like I was wearing a sundress next to everyone else in their velvet and gloves and shit.
That's ok too.

The best part about it is the french seams! What a brilliant idea! It made the whole project take a little longer but it was worth it.

Two things I did to spice it up were: a high-low hem (which I promptly removed the next day) and a V-back.

Other changes from my prior Anna:

  • Took the neck in 1 inch by angling the front bodice on the fold such that the bottom of the bodice was on the fold and the top overlapped 1/2 inch
  • Took the back seam in 1 inch
  • Used bias binding instead of the facing on the neck, also used bias binding on the hem

Vogue 8640

The other best part about it is this jacket!

I made the jacket in November but it didn't seem worth writing about on its own. The pattern is Vogue 8640 and I've been coveting it since I saw Gertie's version here.
This jacket is made from corduroy that my dad found in the storage above the garage of my childhood home. It's been hanging out up there since probably the early 1980s. I just barely had enough for the jacket and I had to shorten the sleeves by about 3.5 inches to fit it all. And because there is nap it was all supposed to go the same direction. After laying it all out in multiple ways, I got it to fit. Only to discover that I cut the sleeves the wrong direction on the nap. I had to decide if I wanted the whole thing running south to north or if I wanted to sleeves to not match the rest of the jacket. I went with the latter, and honestly you can hardly tell.
I love this jacket I wear it a lot with other dresses. It would look ok with the right pants too (one with a higher waste) but I don't have those yet. It's lined with the same fabric as the dress for nice matchy-ness.
I envision making this jacket a million more times, it's so easy and cute.

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