OK, I had not planned this post at all, but then I got a course announcement email from Craftsy for Gertie’s Sew Retro: Starlet Suit Jacket course!
Gertie is one of my sewing heroes and I have learnt so much from the Bombshell Dress course (even if I haven’t made the dress yet…) that when she announced that she’d be doing another course I was quite excited! When it was revealed that it would be a suit jacket I was a little dubious. I know. I committed the heinous crime of doubting Gertie. But, oh boy, was I wrong to doubt her! The jacket is so cute with Gerie’s retro flair. It looks gorgeous as a suit but the jacket on its own would be great with jeans too.
She’s drafted the pattern herself and its in sizes 2 to 24 (there were a lot of comments on the Bombshell course about the limited sizing of the Burda pattern). Not only that but there is a skirt pattern included so you can make a complete suit!
So, here in bullet points so that I don’t go all hyperbole on you all is the stuff you need to know:
- Gertie designed the jacket herself (princess seams and a flared waist)
- It comes with a skirt pattern (although I think I’d go for a pencil skirt instead)
- It’s got a 1940s vibe
- Two levels of sewing: the full on tailoring including pad stitching, bound buttonholes, welt pockets; or the less intense fusible interfacing and machined buttonholes
- There’s currently 50% off making it $39.99 which is about £25.50 (according to Reuters just now) if you get the Craftsy newsletter – if you don’t, leave me a comment or send me an email and I’ll forward it to you! (I don’t know when the offer ends though…)
As its payday tomorrow, I think this will be what I spend my sewing budget on this month! It’s such a cute jacket and as it has bracelet length sleeves it’ll be perfect for me. Sleeves that end at my wrist really wind me up and I spend my time constantly pushing them up my arms! On a coat I’d rather they were half way down my hands – what can I say, I have strong opinions on sleeves!
You never know, with Gertie’s help I may actually end up wearing a suit to work… I just need to find some way of shoe-horning it into my crazy ‘to sew’ list!