I’m teaching a Roll-Collar jacket class at the moment, so I made myself another Roll-Collar jacket, just to keep in practice.
I’m calling it the ‘Queen Celeste’ jacket, after Babar’s wife, because the cotton-velvet fabric is a sort of elephant grey-purple, and looks like something that you would make a child’s stuffed toy out of, but the overall effect of the jacket is quite regal.
Wearing it feels like wearing a child’s stuffed toy: it’s all snuggle and plush and has a warm, comforting effect. It’s like an extremely glamourous blankie!
When I set out to make the jacket, I wanted it to be really crisp and bold, in bright red, or bottle green. But the Wellington fabric stores failed my vision, and I resorted to my stash (like a good girl) and unearthed this purple-grey velvet.
I had just the right length for the jacket, and when I found it I remembered I had cut a lining in a vintage lavender floral twill for my very first version of the jacket. I ended up not using it on that first jacket, because the print showed through the white, but it works perfectly with the grey-lavender velvet.
It’s rather sweet isn’t it? I inherited it from Nana.
I’m pretty sure the velvet itself was also from Nana’s stash. It’s quite old, and has colour-change problems in some areas, but they are quite minor and I hid them in the facings.
To finish off the jacket I used a big blue-purple button from my stash, which makes the entire jacket a stash project. Hooray!
This jacket was all about an original vision, and having to compromise, and liking the end result even better than the first vision.
I’d wanted to do a hard, crisp, edgy photoshoot in the city, in front of graffiti and old buildings. I’d scheduled it for Sunday afternoon, but got a call from a dear friend who was in town, so I caught up with her instead, and had a fantastic time – but no photoshoot.
Stuck without Mr D as photographer on the during the week, I resorted to the boring white wall, and the self-timer on my camera. Because I’m too lazy to set the focal length, I just let the camera autofocus, and because it had nothing to focus on, it picked random lengths, so some photos were quite crisp, and others quite blurry and soft-focus. I kinda love the soft-focus ones actually…
Though some were a little too soft focus!
Well, that didn’t work…
When I’m not feeling well Madame O says I go ‘soft focus’ as a person, and unfortunately, I’m not feeling my best. I put my back/neck out and I’m in a lot of paid and have very limited mobility, despite being maxed out on painkillers and anti-inflammatory patches (those things are pretty much my favourite thing in the world right now. I have a little line of them marching up my spine). So I’m very soft focus at the moment. I just hope I can get my HSF project done…
Just the facts, Ma’am:
Fabric: 2m of 112cm wide cotton velvet in grey-lavender, 1m of vintage acetate floral twill lining – both inherited
Notions: Thread, 1 large button, interfacing, bias tape
And the insides? Fully lined
Hours: 3 – it’s a surprisingly quick make.
First worn?: Sunday 4 August, Monday 5 August, Wednesday 6 August….I think this jackets going to get a lot of wear!
Wear again?: See above!
Make again?: How many of these jackets do I need in my wardrobe? Maybe one a year.
Total cost: $0!