Matronly or on trend? I cannot decide if I like this lace version of the Deer and Doe Pavot Jacket. Of course, I love the pattern, but in gray lace it seems a little mother of the bride to me. And I have not nailed down the fit of this jacket yet. In this version I raised the waistline by one inch (2.5 cm) and I used French seams on all of the seams except for the sleeves since it was a sheer fabric. I also omitted the facing pieces for the button band, instead encasing the raw front edges in grosgrain and petersham ribbon from ClassicDesignShoppe. The silver buttons I bought in April at a local historical reenactment. They are heavy, beautiful, and were a fantastic price. The sleeve seams sit about two inches (5 cm) below my actual shoulders, so that needs to be worked out in my next version of this jacket. When I get the fit perfect, I will do this up in a nice navy wool and keep it forever. Deer and Doe patterns are wardrobe staples and deserve to be perfected. Happy sewing!
My cloud dress is finished, but ironically it has been raining here too much to photograph. My next sewing project is a short version of Deer and Doe’s Pavot Jacket. I found this grey, stretchy lace fabric at a big box fabric store and decided to try a lace jacket. I am using French seams for neatness, but am not sure how the collar piece will work look. It may be a collarless jacket when all is said and done. Happy sewing.