I am really thrilled with this project. I’ve had The Sewing Workshop Valencia pattern for a long time, and made the pants several times, even modifying them to have a zipper. I really like these pants.
On the other hand, I’ve been very leery of making the jacket. It’s everything I usually don’t like in a jacket. It has drop shoulders (not good on my narrow frame), wide sleeves, and just lots of material everywhere. This kind of jacket usually makes me look like a Mini-Me version of myself. Here’s the TSW picture of the jacket:
Here is my version with some modifications:
Let me just say that I love this cardigan (yes, I used a sweater knit). I really needed a heavy cardigan for the trip to wear in the evening. I just couldn’t come up with the right pattern. I wanted an Eileen Fisher-type cardi and the more I looked at this pattern, the more I thought it might work.
I had to make some modifications because I used a sweater knit. I didn’t use the facings. This is what the inside looked like after I sewed the back to the front without facings:
The crazy thing about this jacket is that the “lapel” on the front is not a separate piece. It is actually a part of the front and goes all the way around to the back to make a collar. Because it was so unorthodox, I got really confused about how to attach the front to the back. I had it upside down and inside out several times before I finally got it right.
The other modification was to finish the hems and the center fronts with the serger (no turned up hem). Here is a another picture:
Here I’ve included one of two infinity scarves I made. But more on that (including instructions) tomorrow.