I can now reveal the light-weight jacket made with the iridescent fabric that has both turquoise and burgundy threads running through it, because I also dug through my special fabrics, the ones you look at and admire but are a little too nervous to cut into, and made a fabulous skirt to coordinate. I am showing you a close-up of the skirt fabric. It is a beautiful, nubby, mid-weight, silk with metallic threads running vertically and rainbow colors running horizontally. I've admired this acquisition for many years. It was high time to do something with it! Here is the completed outfit; jacket, skirt, and refashioned t-shirt.
Shannon's recently posted tip of the day for finishing the facing edges with interfacing. I used french seams, and got the width right this time! And I used jewel like deep peacock and gold buttons. Here is a close-up of the sleeve and inside of the front of the jacket.
here. Since the fabric is so special, I also decided to line it with nude-colored Bemberg rayon. I have to laugh. My lining is getting better around the vent, but I still have some work to do. I inserted a regular zipper and hand-basted the hem. The peacock-colored tank started as a $6.00 t-shirt made out of a matte jersey. I trimmed off the sleeves and v-neck ribbing and simply folded the edges and top-stitched with my coverstitch machine. It is a perfect color match to the buttons in the jacket, and you will also see this color in the skirt fabric. This skirt will also go with a number of jewel colored tops and cardi's. I really love it.
Here is the lining in the skirt: