Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Life Updates and this Jacket I made months ago... Simplicity 1688

*taps mic* Is anybody here?!?! -- Oh! hey! Nice to see that you stuck around lol

Life gets busy and things happen and reasons and stuff. You know the narrative. So let's skip all of that and talk about some of the things I missed! 3 milestones were hit while I was gone so we can have one big 'ol celebration for all of them :-)

1. My blog turned 3! June 9th marked 3 years of blogging and sometime here in July will mark 3 years of sewing! It still amazes me how this blog has connected me to so many interersting, exciting and inspiring people all over the world. And they like... know me too! It's crazy and awesome at the same time. This addicting hobby has given me skills and friends I never thought I'd have. It also gave me a closet full of fabric that my mom would've never thought I'd have either (but that's besides the point lol). Thank you to everyone that has been following my journey from the beginning and shoutout to everyone who just joined. I'm honored that you want to see what I have to say :-)

And thank you to the people who checked in on me while I've been MIA. <3

2. June 25th marked 5 YEARS since my last relaxer! Being natural has been a long hard road but it definitely gets easier.... but it kinda stays hard lol Ya'll know what I'm saying ;-) I was hoping to have waist-length hair by this time but that hasn't quite worked out with all of the unplanned set backs and my inconsistency in care. I'm trying to be more deliberate in keeping it healthy now so hopefully by this time next year, I'll be at waist-length :-)
my hair right now at full bra strap length

3. MY BIRTHDAYYYYYY! I turned 26 on July 10th! It was a quieter than usual celebration but I absolutely enjoyed it. I love being around my family and my friends make it even more special. I'm grateful to have made it to another year and I pray that I continue to grow in God's purpose for me. Shameless plug for my birthday wishlist on Amazon. I was able to get a lot of the things I wanted thanks to folks' generosity! There are a few sewing things on there that I'm still wanting. I hope to do like.. a birthday sewing haul at the end of this month. I'm so excited to share some of the things I got!

 Alrightyyyy now that we're all excited from celebrating lol There has been very little sewing going on around here lol. And this jacket ain't even a part of that group. lol I have a couple more pieces to put up here soon though so I'm not going to just disappear ;-)

I made this jacket, Simplicity 1688 to wear with my Easter dress. I really wanted something easy that didn't take a lot of fabric because I was stealing a yard (and some change) of my mom's fabric lol. I needed something that had yellow in it and the tweed she got from Hancock's more than a year ago was perfect. I cut a size 14 so that I could have a little bit of wearing ease.

I spent TIME on this jacket even though it still went by pretty quickly. I pattern matched very precisely. When I was starting to put the jacket together I almost had a heart attack because I didn't take into account that there was a DART in the front of the jacket. I was pretty discouraged but after I sewed the dart, turns out the width of the plaid was the SAME width as the darts! *praise hands emoji*!!
Honestly, in hindsight, if I had thought of that, I probably would have over-analyzed and messed it up so shoutout to grace lol.

The lining is a brown polyester remnant that I picked up at JoAnn's. it makes this jacket quite warm but it's perfect because it has been really cold every time I've worn it. And I've worn this about 6 or 7 times. It is definitely a loved staple. Don't mind the messy bias binding of the armhole. I don't lol. I did find JUST enough leftover green bias binding in my stash so that worked out well for matching.

I used sew-in interfacing on the sleeve cuffs as well as the bottom band of the jacket. I sewed it in using the padstitching technique because... why not lol I had just watched a tailoring class on Craftsy and decided to practice even though it was not necessary. I didn't use fusible because I didn't want the tweed to stretch out while fusing and I didn't want it to be to stiff after either.

I did not add the hook and eyes at the front because I'm not one to wear jackets closed often if ever. Especially not a cropped jacket.

One of the reasons I really like this fabric is because there are so many colors in it and it can go with MOST of the stuff in my closet. There's green, brown, black, yellow, light blue, taupe. It's quite the matchup piece. It's true color is shown more in the first picture all the way at the top of the post.

Like I mentioned earlier, I really love this jacket and I plan on keeping it until it falls apart lol. A change I would make to it if I ever make it again would be to lengthen it a little. I know it's supposed to be cropped but it'd be nice if it was an inch or two longer.

If I forgot anything, let me know in the comments!

 I'll leave you with a sassy pic of me in it :-)

Be back soon! 

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