I *ought* to be cutting the rest of the knit tops for the Billie Collection. For a few reasons I won’t go into just now I’m feeling really unmotivated to do any more work on that project. I will, but right now I’ll procrastinate a little.
I re-discovered this little swing jacket last night. Don’t you adore the boucle? I do, too. I bought this jacket right after my daughter was born, I had quite a bit of belly to hide and felt yucky about myself in general. None of my clothes fit me properly and I was cold all the time. I picked this one up on sale and everything. It is only 10% wool, the rest of it is poly but I think it is nice poly.
The pictures tell me the fit is good. A little short, and I’m kind of over 3/4 balloon sleeves, but I admit for a swing jacket it fits decently. I can’t shake the “I’m hiding how I feel about myself beneath a fab jacket” vibe, and this style doesn’t mesh well with most of the clothes I wear. Jeans is fine, but not with full skirts or slim skirts or pretty much any skirts. The length always felt awkward to me.
Then it dawned on me- the boucle might let me re-work it into a pretty little weskit or waistcoat or sexy fitted vest from Evadress that I’ve wanted for ages. Eva has the best taste.
Bonus: I can also re-use the lining. The Lady Dandy look requires vests/weskits/waistcoats. I’m making a waistcoat for Husband, I’m very tempted to alter his pattern for me though I know that is something of a monumental task.
The other great thing: I think it will talk to my other wardrobe fabrics. The purple is rather redder than my tyrian purple, but I think it will work. Please stop me if I’m wrong.
The two prints together might be a little much, or it might be charming. I also had the thought to use some of the scrap green print for a Lady Dandy cravat.
It feels a little bit wrong to rip into a perfectly serviceable, pretty little jacket just because the style doesn’t suit my taste any more. Then the fabric calls to me and I think it would be a shame to hold on to it but never wear it.
So rip I shall.
Unless I get a chorus of “HOLY SMOKES FOR THE LOVE OF CRIMINEY DON’T!!”
I’m open to ideas about weskit patterns, as well.
Back to the knits. I know if I just did it, they would be done in a day or two. I could probably get two knit tops done tonight. The sooner they’re finished, the sooner I can forget about them, right?