I found fabric in my stash (vintage 70s Boras fabric by Toni Hermansson) which I thought would co-ordinate well with a RTW skirt from Whistles that I bought in the early summer but have yet to wear:-/
This fabric lends itself to a more structured garment, so the Bellatrix it was. The main photo above shows it nicely pre-washed & ironed, ready for my pattern pieces to be laid out:-)
I had a very small amount of this fabric (120cm X 96cm) so it had to be variation 2 again. I cut 1 pair each of the front, side panel, back & sleeve facings, i.e. most of the shell. It was a very tight squeeze! I think it only worked because of the alterations I had to make to the front panel (5cm off the top) and the main front piece close to the shoulder (about 3cm) – effectively, using the small rather than medium. I cut everything else from the silk I’m using for lining, including the 2nd front panel (facing) and the lower back. It turned out pretty well when interfaced.
I used a medium weight woven fusible to give it body, as the lining is silk satin (a bargain from my trip to Biddle & Sawyer a few months ago). I decided not to interface both front pieces for this version, as I wanted to see how it feels with less stiffness. I also can’t be arsed to go out and buy more interfacing before I start sewing, even though I bought it at a great price from the wonderful William Gee in Dalston!
This has come together very quickly, despite once again using slippery silk satin for the lining – as well as front facing (a bugger to cut out). I started cutting out on Wednesday and finished on Sunday evening (12th October). I did have to work & walk dogs too!!
Annoyingly, I didn’t take many photos during the make – I was too impatient to finish it! So I don’t have anything to illustrate how it came together. I do have those from my 1st Bellatrix though, so I’m planning to post those somewhere in this blog!
On both jackets, I found attaching the front shoulder to the back really fiddly. It took a lot of unpicking and sewing again which is infuriating. Actually, I think where I went wrong was that I forgot to alter the length of the back close to the shoulder (it was too long the first time!). In fact, it will need to be reduced even further so that it corresponds to my new pattern pieces for the front shoulder. There was way too much fabric at the top of the back.
It’s also still slightly big at the top of the bust, so I might take a few centimetres off the main front panel seam that meets the side panel. If I weren’t so impatient I’d make a proper toile:-/
I’ve pressed it again to take a few photos (one shown here) but that silk creases almost on sight!