Jacket pattern ideas needed

I need to find a pattern to make up this 20140910_013918……..French wool mix boucle!!

It took me forever to find a tessuti (fabric) shop in Como, but when I did it was heaven. (It always gives my fluent Italian speaking friend a chuckle when I tell her I’ve bought fabric from Tessuti.)

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There was a whole wall of silks, all made locally, many gorgeous boucles, a wall of wool, another of cotton and linen. It was so hard to choose.

This is what I came away with. A pink and sea green boucle and a perfectly coordinating Italian silk to line it.


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Sewing for blokes, a ship shape shirt in Venice!

Ciao a tutti!

My husband loves all things boats and nautical. He was feeling a bit left out of all my holiday wardrobe sewing, so here’s his ship shirt.

It’s a quilting cotton ‘hearty good wishes’ by janet clare for modafabrics. The shirt pattern is the same as one I made earliersimon at sun patch malua bay based on a favorite shirt, of Simon’s I pulled apart. I added several cms to the body length as with all the shirts I make for Simon. For the inside yoke and neck band Simon chose another fabric in the same range. Quilting cottons are so good for their mix and matchability.

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I’ve written before about not finding sewing for blokes as much fun as sewing dresses. Still, I’m getting much better and more efficient at it. There’s also parts that are fun, the fishes at the inside yoke and the sleeve cuffs for instance. Also the anchor buttons, they’re a bit cute.

French and flat-felled seams for a tidy inside finish. Since learning to do them recently, I looove my flat-felled seams these days.

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