Vogue 7975: what I am sewing right now – tweed jacket

The reason for this post is because, apparently, now I have started this “blogging thing”, I have to keep doing it. And regularly. So, I thought I would show you what I am planning on making next. I have wanted to make a Chanel style tweed or boucle jacket for ages. And with the rubbish summer we have had, my thoughts are already turning to autumn wear. I have still not gone past the “easy” level on Vogue sewing patterns, so I am not even going to attempt to quilt this jacket (like Chanel do), and also, given that even setting in sleeves is something I am not that confident in, I don’t think I should try and be too ambitious! But, as I happen to live less than 5 miles from Linton Tweeds, here in Carlisle, I definitely want to make a quilted Chanel style jacket using their fabric (they have been supplying Chanel for more than 100 years), but just not right now.

Tweed and boucle jackets have been cropping up in the fashion mags for some time now, and I think they will do more so coming in to autumn. Zara seem to perpetually feature with their edgier versions and I love the Chanel one that Kate Moss is wearing. The other Kate M (Middleton) seems to be a tweed jacket fan too.

Anyway, the version I am making is a bit more “classic”. Vogue 7975, view C, is described as being a short length with three quarter sleeves. I am putting on patch pockets and black braid trim. Here are some pictures of what I have done so far.

I have managed to sew the two front pieces together and put the patch pockets on. It is a tweed fabric that frays like mad! So, even though the jacket will be fully lined, I am using a Hong Kong finish to bind all the inside seams on the tweed. Maybe today I can get the back pieces sewn together. Let’s see….

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By day I work in the exciting world of pharmaceutical regulatory affairs, registering medicines (!), but by night I turn in to a sewing diva, making all manner of clothes in my beautiful sewing space (which you can tour using the link at the top of this blog). I love how sewing and sewing clothes that fit my curvy body continually challenges me. I enjoy working with all different types of fabric, and whilst I don't like to put restrictions on myself and say I won't buy RTW, the truth is that I probably rarely do buy it, preferring the fit of my own me-made clothes. I love to use natural fibres where ever possible and colourful coats are an obsession of mine! Sewing is both my addiction and my therapy. You can contact me at sewmanju@yahoo.co.uk

One thought on “Vogue 7975: what I am sewing right now – tweed jacket

  1. hello! thank you for your comment on my blog. It’s lovely to get encouragement from other sewers. My name is Rosie and fortunately I have the benefit of an overlocker so wont be going down the hong kong finish (lovely though it looks). Good luck with your project and hope it all goes smoothly.

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