I finished the Westwood type jacket. I have worn it alot already! I lined it with a little bit of left over purple silk. The buttons were chosen by Sharon’s young assistant on Clitheroe market.
Then I made a skirt to go with it, using just 70cms of checked woollen fabric. The pattern – Vogue 6600, used before here – didn’t specify yardage for the skirt alone. But it would be around 1.5yds. Allowing for matching the plaid would have required at least 2m, so I was chancing it here. I did the front panel across the fabric, and the back along the selvage. An offence, I know, but as the panel stands a little proud I don’t think I will get arrested for wearing it. I think it works better with only one button done up (two buttons was my design addition).
My reflections on Marianne’s Vivienne Westwood Challenge?
- I love a challenge and a deadline
- my pattern drafting is better than I thought
- conversely, my construction skills are worse than I remember, and in need of improvement
- when copying a designer item think twice about changing anything (i.e. more interfacing and buttons)
- buy sufficient material to do the job
- now use the pattern, skills and knowledge to make VW2!
Thanks Marianne for organising the challenge, and I look forward to seeing how you and everyone else got on.