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So here we are in the second week of the Project Sewn contest. The theme is Make it Pink — and boy, did I ever! People are going to see me coming from a mile away when I go out in this puppy! Shield your eyes, here I come!

I had this pretty brocade in my stash from way back. I probably found it on clearance at JoAnn at some point and couldn’t resist it. I’ve never used it because I just couldn’t figure out what to do with it. I guess I was waiting for the right special occasion to come along — but here’s the thing: I’m color-phobic! Every time I looked at it I chickened out. “If I wear this everyone will LOOK at me!” (Horrors!) So there it sat, just being beautiful. But when this week’s challenge came along I just decided to go for it. And guess what? I LOVE IT! Go ahead, look at me! Here I am! Isn’t the fabric of this jacket BEAUTIFUL? (Oh, blogging is just bringing out all kinds of things I never expected. I think I may be becoming insufferable.)

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I’m not sure how I’ll style it when I actually wear it out in the world. For today you get it with jeans and a black turtleneck — which I kinda like, actually — it’s got a high/low thing going on. But I could see it really dressing up an LBD too. I really, really need a gold-ish top to go with this and the snakeskin jacket. I have just a little bit of fabric (TEASER: there’s a story behind the gold fabric but you’ll have to come back later to find out what it is!) but I ran out of time to make it for this photo shoot. I’m getting this in to Project Sewn just under the wire.

The pattern is another one that I developed a long time ago. I am pretty sure I started with (now loooooong out of print) Butterick 5937:

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(Oh my GAWD that’s an old pattern!) and tweaked it and added the peplum and sleeve flares. I used it for another jacket several years ago and I think I’ve also changed it even more for some other projects. I just love my tried-and-true patterns — I re-use them all the time. Do you do that?

So — the fabric. Like I said, it’s really pretty. Which is a good thing because it has a terrible personality. It scorches, it refuses to crease properly, it goes wonky if it gets half a chance. I used this sort of brocade for a suit once and had to throw the damn thing away because it looked so awful. But this time I decided to try a little experiment: I underlined every piece with fusible interfacing. Just the cheap Pellon stuff, nothing fancy. But it made all the difference in the world. I bent the brocade to my will! When I ordered it to crease, it creased. When I cut it, it stayed stable. When I stitched it, it behaved. Okay, it’s true I still had to be super careful about not scorching it, but with a little bit of patience and a good pressing cloth the brocade and I managed to get along on the ironing board. I took some pics of the process of fusing the underlining, and I’ll try to publish a tutorial some time soon.

Oh, and look — here’s one of my favorite parts — the lining is ORANGE!!

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This color combination makes me so happy! Spring is coming!

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And just before I took this next one I removed my left hand. (Don’t worry — it screws right back on).

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(You know, I really should learn to take some time with my hair before I go shooting photos, shouldn’t I?)

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PINKETY-PINKETY-PINK!!

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