Stop what you’re doing and look at this fabric. Off-white wool brocade with delicate gold flowers. Yes, I said wool brocade. Go ahead, stare. But you might want to catch that drool before it hits your lap. Really, you’re not drooling yet? Okay, I’ll chalk it up to the fact that a picture hardly does this beauty justice. Just wait until I get sewing on this project. There. Will. Be. Drool.
Since I decided not to sew my own wedding dress (or shall I say the universe and my girlfriends decided for me), I’ve been obsessing about things I could possible sew (and make and do) for my wedding. Concurrently, a part of my brain has been obsessing about finally hand tailoring a jacket for myself. And the two ideas seem to have collided. Because I’ve decided to hand tailor an off-white wool brocade jacket to wear over my wedding dress for after the sun goes down. I considered a whole range of jacket pattern possibilities and settled upon Claire Shaeffer’s Vogue V8333. I’m planning on making it almost exactly as designed, possibly curving the lapels a bit more.
Of course the moment that I settled upon the pattern I ran out to buy fabric. Lucky me, Britex was having their semi-annual sale, because I went ahead and splurge on fabric perfection. I want this jacket to last me a lifetime. I want it to be perfect. And I want to be in love with the fabric. Time will tell about the first two, but let me tell you, I am seriously in love with this fabric! I bought hair canvas and off-white silk organza for the interfacing and interlining. And I picked out a gorgeous Nanette Lepore floral silk print to line the jacket. I’m in love!