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.
The lovely Pavot jacket from Deer and Doe was a joy to sew. I really took my time and finished the seams with bias tape. The only thing left to do is make button holes and install the buttons. Once it is cool enough, I will post a picture of it in the wild. This pattern is a make-again, for sure.
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.
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.