Remember my batik making visit? Well you saw what I did with the green, but what about the purple? Well, here it is! It’s my very first work in progress. Or unfinished object. I don’t know what category this goes into.
Lately I’ve been sewing for the future… like fall. It’s a mix of being tired of sewing summer clothes as well as wanting to wear me-mades right away when I’m back in the northern latitudes where tank tops and shorts won’t be immediately wearable. So please say hello to jacket #140 from the December 2012 issue of BurdaStyle. It was perfect because I’d never made a hoodie before and this was rated 2 dots for difficulty so it would be a perfect first jacket for me.
I whipped it out quickly on that day I did the photoshoot for the mayor’s dress and the batik shirt dress. It was a triple photo shoot day and I didn’t feel like dragging Gabriel to a third location, especially for something that isn’t finished.
It’s because… look… it’s REVERSIBLE!!! My first reversible garment! Which means I need a 80 cm reversible zipper – and I can’t find that in Benin. So I’m going to go notion hunting in Paris or London, then ask my sewing friends very nicely if I can borrow their machine to install my zipper, and then the plan is to have a nice light jacket for a French and British autumn! Hooray! (Option B was to use a regular zipper and make it non reversible… but the zippers here kind of suck and break easily and weren’t the right purple. Option C was to use buttons. But I wanted this to zip up. So I decided to stay with Option A even if it meant having to wait a few months.)
Though I just realized that I don’t have pockets for the solid part. So it’s only kind of reversible… one side has pockets and one side doesn’t, but who cares! Please stay tuned for part 2 of this photo shoot as it’ll be happening somewhere a bit colder.
Fabric: Purple batik
Pattern: BurdaStyle 12/2012 Jacket #140