Deer and Doe Pavot Jacket – Lace Edition

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!

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Sewing Work in Progress

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.


Work in Progress Wednesday – Pavot Jacket

Slow progress is being made on the Pavot jacket by Deer and Doe.  The fabric is a cotton twill from a big box fabric store.  Since this jacket is unlined, I am finishing all of the inside seams with cotton/poly bias tape. I already plan to cut about 1 inch of the bottom of the bodice and cut some width out of the back for my next version.  The Deer and Doe patterns that I have tried have really inspired me with visions of variations and experiments for the future. I am dreaming of a gray flannel Pavot, a short brown corduroy Pavot, and a long, plaid Pavot with sequins on the bottom inspired by Louis Vuitton.

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Work in Progress Wednesday – Deer and Doe Pavot Jacket

This week I started my first sewn jacket. It is an unlined, mid-season jacket from Deer and Doe. Since the Pavot jacket is unlined, I am taking my time and finishing every seam with bias tape to ensure that the inside is neat and tidy. This will probably take me all month, but I should have a lovely jacket that will last for years.

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