Saturday, September 26, 2009

"Urban Warrior" Jacket


Black is a magic color ( yes, it's really a non-color, if you want to be technical). Color or non color, black is serious, it can be seductive, it's dangerous, and as the color of this jacket, with a pair of kickin' boots, it says, "Don't mess with me." Perfect for day wear on the mean streets of Philadelphia.

This jacket is just another example of why I love Christine Jonson so much. This is going to be comfortable, for sure. It's timeless in style. And it shows I'm a woman while leaving plenty to the imagination.

I'm going to be wearing this jacket to work with a just-above the knee skirt, dark hose, and high boots. I'm going to wear it over pants for a more casual travel look.

This pattern is very easy to execute, and the directions are excellent. I did a few things differently, however.

First, because my fabric is rayon and lycra blend, it's pretty heavy. There is a lot of fabric draping off the neckline, so to prevent stretching, I stabilized the neckline by fusing a 1 inch strip of knit tricot interfacing at the entire neckline, and I carried it throughout the hem edge for a consistent look. I did not stabilize the sleeve hems, as I felt it was not necessary. I raised the neckline about 3/4 inch, because I want to wear this with only a necklace at the neckline. The only other thing I did was serge some narrow clear elastic into the shoulder seams. I love the ease of the mitered corners! Christine's directions make this easy. Here is a close up of the tie-end......and here is a close up of the right front hem at the corner.

9 comments:

Gorgeous Things said...

Great job on that jacket. And the complete ensemble sounds killer! Do please take a picture of you in it.

Carolyn (cmarie12) said...

You should be the poster girl for Christine Jonson because her patterns always look so great on you and work so well for your lifestyle! I want to echo Ann's comments see a pic of you wearing the jacket too!

verobirdie said...

WOW! I love that jacket!

Shannon said...

That is a great looking jacket. I bet it looks fab on you!

Noile said...

This jacket is on my "to-do" list. It looks fantastic! You did a beautiful job, and I can't believe how perfectly it resembles the sketch on the pattern envelope.

Thanks writing up the changes you made; I'll be using them when I do my version.

gwensews said...

That's one gorgeous jacket. As you said, "timeless". I like CJ patterns also.

Trudy Callan said...

Wonderful jacket. Sounds like you will be looking great.

Mardel said...

Really fabulous jacket.

sensoussi said...

Very nice, must be so comfortable!