The above jacket struck me and the image stayed with me for about a week which I took as a sign that this was the one! I would love to make a matching skirt, but that will be another post and a later time...I would like my jacket to be in a soft tone but not necessarily this periwinkle blue. A soft shade of pink, lavender, blue or yellow sounds nice. I love the soft look and texture of the fabric. Not to mention the crochet (?) trim in the exact matching color. Will I have the luck to find a matching trim? I might need help from my NY personal shopper. Uh hum, Gertie?!Now I did find the above sample fabric in a similar periwinkle blue. It is from Linton Tweeds in England. They are a supplier to Chanel. The price is comparable to a good boucle in NY. It does seem a bit thin which may be a problem when quilting...perhaps? I am waiting for more samples from various shops. I haven't had too much luck finding wool boucle from online stores probably a bit early for it. Any recommendations?
Now for the pattern, I decided to use Claire Shaeffer's V 8259. The main reason would be for the step by step instruction sheet! The pattern has the Chanel-isms which I wanted to try: 3 piece sleeve, double tier pockets, and front seams from the shoulders.
I am undecided on the collar and the buttonholes/buttons. I am tempted to use some elements from Claire Shaeffer's V 8369, pictured below. I like the idea of a V-neck without closure--more room for trim!
The angel on the right shoulder is telling me to just stay with the plan of V8259 and make no changes. While the devil on the left shoulder is jumping up and down telling me to get creative!
I could just use V 8369. I would just need to shorten it and add pockets. I am thinking out loud, but that is one of the reasons for the sew along, right? My next step will be to look over the pattern pieces. I won't start making the muslins until late August. After the kids are back to school.
In August, I do want to track down my fabric! Wish me luck!