Fabulous Falda

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When I visited Melbourne in December 2016 I met up with a bunch of lovely sewing ladies for cocktails. During the evening Blogless Anna – one of the kindest people I’ve ever met – invited me fabric shopping. During our outing, she took Paul and me to her home. This is where I spotted her Falda Jacket on the back of a chair. I was amazed by its construction. She let me try it on and I loved it! Since then I’ve been thinking about making a Falda Jacket of my own.

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Last Christmas instead of buying lots of presents for each other we decided to each choose something for ourselves. I purchased a number of fabrics for specific sewing projects. I came across the perfect fabric at The Fabric Store here in Wellington. Its a yarn dyed polyester blended fabric. It feels like a lightweight scuba which beautifully holds it’s shape. It’s the perfect fabric for this pattern which requires fabric with body.

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The pattern was fun to construct! The pattern pieces are incredible shapes. As I had tried on Anna’s jacket and I liked the fit I made the same size 8 and made zero changes to the pattern. For reference my measurements are 38 bust, 40 hip and my height is 165cm.

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The construction went really smoothly. As its a fairly oversized garment I knew I didn’t have to factor in alterations. I overlocked all the seams and finished the centre back with a Hong Kong seam.

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I was originally going to add patch pockets, as per one of the pattern options. but then decided the jacket already had a lot going on. This leaves the attention to the sleeves where all the drama is. I hand sewed the facings, sleeve facings and hem. I use to hate hand stitching. Now I normally do a little bit with each project. It’s so satisfying to leave the surface free of machine stitches.

20180901_135427I love my finished jacket. It won’t get as much wear as a trenchcoat or blazer but I don’t care. Not everything needs to be super practical. I have enjoyed wearing my jacket with jeans and simple dresses. I thought this garment would be man-repelling however Paul appreciates how sculptural the jacket is.

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