That was my first instinct when I saw draft pictures of the Tara Tailored Jacket by Rebecca Page Patterns.
What did I learn while sewing her up (the jacket, not the gal)?
Print instructions in colour. Read directions 3 times. Don't sew while having a major Triple Threat Migraine attack (Vertigo, Nausea, AND headache all at once - not fun - that's my tap out point).
So kind of like love, I still love Tara, but it was a roller coaster ride to get her down the aisle and presentable in her final form.
Tara's features include:
- Frill on front lapel
- Lined interior - all hidden seams
- Full or half lined back
I used random suiting fabric lightweight, some lining I had, and the lapel strip is just regular quilting cotton that matched the purple lining.
My difficulties included using the wrong type of interfacing. I have one that's much stiffer, and not really meant for draping clothing. Tara still drapes on me, just not to the extent that I would like it to.
The cuff slit also got me - I don't feel I did it right, but it was the same issue of understanding that I didn't have with my Paige Pencil skirt. It was a common issue with a lot of the testers - which the final instructions included a much more broken down version with lots of pictures.
I will definitely make another Tara again -I love it compared to other business jackets, and I can easily make it out of a funky fabric for an every day jacket!
How fun is that??
I added my own label, and the end result of my jacket: Love.