日本語は英文の後に続きます。（For Japanese readers, Japanese text will follow after the English) Hello! I can’t believe it is already the beginning of December – Christmas decorations are already up everywhere in Tokyo. This year has really flown by for me! Talk about time flying, I finally completed a jacket I talked about starting way back in August, from the Bernadette pattern by Republique du Chiffon. I had cut the pattern in August and made a muslin, but found it too shapeless for my needs for a well-fitting jacket I can wear to the office (… my fault, for I had cut the size which corresponds to my measurements, though I had known from experience working with this label’s patterns that I prefer the fit in one size smaller… ). Long story short, I gave up for awhile but recently got interested in making a Chanel-type jacket again. I was mainly inspired by the colours and shapes of the brand Iro. When I found this black-grey wool tweed fabric, I knew I wanted to make a Bernadette!
This fabric is nice and warm, and perhaps a little thick and cozy-looking for this jacket, but I love it nonetheless, especially since it is quite cold already in Tokyo! I have relatively slanted shoulders so the jacket kept sliding off me when I first finished it, and my husband was not the biggest fan, so I kind of let the poor jacket sit on the back burner for awhile. Then one day I added shoulder pads, and voila… I think it sits much better now (these are “after” – with shoulder pads – shots), and it even received a compliment from the husband:-) I am very proud of this jacket and have worn it quite a few times to work already! The pattern instructions are very clear, and guides you to make a very neat, lined jacket. Look at the inside! I was so proud that I took off my jacket at work to show off the insides to my colleagues:-) Isn’t it neat? The first item I made in which there is no tell-tale trace of impatient finishing, etc. because it is lined and all seam allowances are hidden from sight! (the pattern calls for turning the entire jacket over through one of the sleeves – just like how I had to do when I made a bag for my niece – how neat!). I guess this is what they call a bagged lining? It also helps that the fabric would have camouflaged any mistakes anyways, hehe. I love wearing jackets to work! I am now making another one (classic one with collar) which I hope I can get done this weekend. It’s the time of the year to think about Christmas presents. I was so optimistic about making Christmas presents (clothes) for my loved ones after all my selfish makes, but looks like the timeline is a bit tight…yikes! Thank you for reading:-) Are you planning on making any handmade gifts for your loved ones this year? ***Details*** Pattern: Bernadette by Republique du Chiffon Size & adjustments: size 34, added 2 cm in total to length. Added shoulder pads and stabilised the front edges with fusible interfacing tape. Fabric: Wool tweed (outer) / Rayon Bemberg (lining)
夏の終わりに作り始めたRepublique du ChiffonのBernadetteジャケットをようやく完成しました！
型紙：Bernadette by Republique du Chiffon