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Green hummingbird jacket

Name Green hummingbird jacket
Status finished
Started Oct 22, 2016
Completed Mar 2, 2018
Progress 100 %
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Notes Although this jacket looks quite loose and "boxy" on the illustration, it is actually quite fitted, with front/back princess seams and front darts, 2 piece sleeves. The fit is excellent, as always with these patterns, and the jacket is really comfortable.

The main fabric is a green/blue woven wool, with warp threads blue, weft threads green. It was actually just a fent, with a weaver's note on it saying "thin end" (happy days seeing a weavers note - many years ago I worked as a cloth inspector in a cotton mill for a short time). I have had this fabric stashed away for about 25 years, so it was nice to finally find a suitable project for it.

The lining is the main feature here, made from a slinky silk charmeuse with an exotic hummingbird design. This was previously an unsuccessful dress I made a few years ago, the fabric was so difficult to work with that the dress was never completed. Lots of fiddling and piecing up was needed to make the full jacket lining, but I did it! The silk charmeuse had to be stabilised with a layer of silk organza in order to be manageable - there was a surprising amount of work in this jacket!

The jacket is warm but light, with 4 fabric layers (wool face fabric, fully interfaced with a lightweight fusible interfacing, silk lining, silk organza interlining). The pockets are a little small, but still useful.

I am very pleased with this jacket, I feel that it looks equally right "smart" with a dress, or "casual" with my jeans :)

Users Comments

  • Anne-Marie Dionne

    I love your lining! This jacket fits you very well.

  • Maria

    Thank you Tannie - yes, I am very pleased I did not throw away the failed hummingbird dress, that fabric made a perfect jacket lining :)

  • Tannie

    So you see but sometimes just let it lie and suddenly he is ready. We would say gold of old here.Is you back fun and well done!