Sunday, November 20, 2011

Nearly Finished Vogue 8333 Jacket

I still need to work on this jacket a couple more hours, but it looks like I am coming to the finishing line. The outer shell and the lining are sewn together, except of the sleeve and lower hem areas and I need to buy buttons to be able to create suitable buttonholes, but otherwise, it looks like this might end up like a wearable jacket :-). 

This really isn't an easy pattern - it is not terribly difficult to sew up, but it's pretty time consuming. On the other hand, it gives me more self-confidence and trust in my sewing abilities, seeing that I am able to create something elaborate and more complicated than a simple t-shirt :-). 

The interfaced fabric, especially in the pocket area, where sometimes four or even more layers meet, creates quite a lot of bulk, so I hope I'll be able to tame it and get a nice crisp lower hem. 

The one area  I was most afraid to sew was probably the collar and lapel area. Firstly, I don't have experience with this kind of a collar and secondly, I was anxious that I wouldn't be able to get a symmetrical result and ruin all the hours of work with two badly curved lapel sides. Fortunately, I think I managed to do it quite right and have got a decent looking jacket front. Yay :-)! 

But the battle is not yet won. I will tell you a little secret I have - I have never made a single buttonhole (if I don't take into account that one test buttonhole I made to try out my sewing machine abilities...), so this is going to be the last minefield of this jacket to go through.

See you sewn ;-)!


  1. Your jacket is looking wonderful! I wish you luck on finishing it to your own satisfaction.

  2. Your jacket looks just like the one on the pattern envelope. so well made. You will have to change the description of your sewing skills to something else besides 'slightly advanced beginner" after you finish it.

  3. This jacket is really great! It looks so well made, too. I'm looking forward to seeing it finished.

    It's always good to have a few difficult sewing projects on the list because they really help boost your confidence, like you said.