|Fabric and (possible) Pattern for the LFJ Sew-Along|
There's an exciting sew-along in the works! I've been checking out a lot of sewing blogs recently, and I found an irresistible challenge: The Little French Jacket Sew-Along!
I follow the blog My Sewcial World, where I found this enticing post. I have devoured sewing books, patterns books and magazines for years. (I used to sew quite a bit, and I always thought that someday, I would master some real couture techniques and create some timeless clothes that are truly satisfying to make and to wear.)
More recently, I have found inspirational treasure in blogs, such as Goodbye, Valentino, La Petite Josette, Red Point Tailor and Sewaholic. I also signed up for the Craftsy class, The Couture Dress!
Following the links at Annika's sew-along announcement post, I found the original challenge, including the schedule and suggested patterns.
Being a bit of a crank, I'm strongly tempted to use a pattern I already own and love, but that lacks some of the traditional elements of a couture piece, such as a two-piece set-in sleeve. My fabric is also quite ornate, so many of the delicious details of a traditional Chanel-style jacket might be, uhmmm. . .de trop.
The Little French Jacket Sew-Along begins on October 6, 2013, and ends just before Christmas. There is also a bonus Skirt Sew-Along in January.
All of this nicely coincides with what looks to be a can't-do-without new book by couture master Claire B. Schaeffer. I may just have to make this book my birthday present to myself!
It's shaping up to be a very satisfying autumn!
N.B. The Kwik Sew Pattern shown in the photo (K3577) is, apparently, SO out-of-print, it doesn't even show up on Kwik Sew's Out-Of-Print Patterns page. I found one on eBay