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Sewing – A Wardrobe Update


Taking a Second Look

When I find a pattern I like I often make it up is more than one fabric.

I made this particular pattern three different times.

I loved the red wool tweed when I bought it, but never enjoyed wearing it al that much once I made it up into my Tomotu jacket.  I couldn’t put my finger on what exactly it was about it, but I think it was the color somehow… I’m not sure.    Or, maybe the buttons were wrong, I really don’t know what it  was, but it just wasn’t a jacket I chose to wear very much.  Last year I decided to see if I could “fix” it so that I could wear it.  I thought perhaps the shoulder pads were too extended and I took them out and altered the seam line a little.  That didn’t help very much.  I put it back on the hanger and thought maybe it was time to let it go, but it’s hard for me to give things away that’s I’ve put energy into, so it hung in the closet for yet another year.

A few weeks ago, with the season beginning to finally change, I went out shopping to see what styles and colors were “in” for the fall season and I was totally surprised to see this color range on the racks everywhere.  Hmmm… I went home and pulled out my jacket and took another look at it.    I changed the buttons for an updated look and replaced the shoulder pads with new smaller ones.  The transformation was amazing.  I don’t think it hurt that the color is everywhere… nothing like collective consensus to help one off of the fence.

My next discovery was that I had a piece of silk velvet in my fabric stash that actually coordinated very well with the jacket.  I picked up this lovely piece  several years ago and haven’t known what to do with it.  I don’t sew on velvet very often and have been a bit timid about cutting into it.  When I put it next to the jacket , I knew exactly what to do with it.

And here is the result.

I love the fact that something I was on the verge of tossing out has been given new life in my wardrobe.  It looks fresh and current and my beautiful new fashion scarf is frosting on the cake.  What a great way to start the season.