Cordova jacket – retro fitting

You might remember a couple of weeks ago, just as the mercury plummeted and the winds picked up, I finished my wool/cashmere and silk lined Cordova jacket .

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I really like Leith’s and Andrea’s Cordova jackets. They had noted that the pattern ran large, but I didn’t size down as they suggested and I wasn’t totally happy with my finished look. It probably didn’t help that the fabric was quite thick. Lovely and warm, but fairly bulky. I asked for some advice on reducing the puffiness in the shoulders. I got some lovely feedback. Continue reading

Sewaholic Cordova jacket question

A quick post to seek some advice. I finished my Cordova jacket just in time for Canberra’s icy blast. But as several bloggers have noted it does run large and I probably should have sized down, or at least reduced the shoulders. I’m thinking of trying to take some of the puffiness out of the shoulders. It would mean unpicking the lining. Does anyone have any suggestions or advice? Has anyone else tried this sort of retro-fitting? It’s wool/cashmere with a silk lining.

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Nothing simple about jaywalking with simplicity 1653

Stripes, brought to the world of fashion and haute couture by Coco Chanel and loved ever since. The original Breton fisherman’s jersey, Chanel’s inspiration, had 21 blue stripes, said to be one for each of Napoleon’s sea victories. I love some of the stories behind fashion, but to the challenge………..

Tessuti’s jaywalk challenge 2014 was certainly that. It was to make an outfit from a rather lovely jersey, either ecru/natural or black/natural stripes or both.Jaywalking striped  wrap dress.jpeg I’m new to knits and very new to stripes, so this tested me. Continue reading