Here it is January 18th and I'm just getting to my first blog post for 2012. I had a wonderfully relaxing time over the holidays and hit the ground running at the start of the new year. I've had lots of administrative things to take care of, but I have managed to finish another jacket to share.
I call this one Obsession - because I just couldn't stop working on it. When I started I planned to make a vest. It was going to be a quick project, probably something for myself. I decided to do the couching by hand so I'd have something to work on at home when I was watching movies with my family. I put two different yarns together and did a herringbone stitch over the top. I loved the look and kept adding more lines of it. Here's a detail so you can sort of see the couching.
Then in the process of sorting out my fabrics I found a nice linen that worked well with the other fabrics that I'd started with and suddenly I had enough to make a jacket instead of a vest. That meant more stitching to work on, so I spent my holidays as a couching potato. (Sorry I just couldn't resist!)
I used a nice striped fabric for the lining instead of the typical plain fabric. It's a bit heavier but I love the way the colors coordinate. It adds a some heft to the jacket making it perfect for cooler weather. With the neutral colors and the combination of plain and embroidered fabrics it should be a very versatile addition to someone's wardrobe.
Here's the back. (My photography skills are not the greatest. I don't know why but the colors didn't come out as well on this one even though I shot it in just the same place and with the same settings--I think.)