Vogue 9246 in Boiled Wool
Posted in Projects on Thursday the 13th February 2020 by Vicki Ormerod
Hey Minerva Makers!
It’s Vicky of Sewstainability here with a review of some lovely Boiled Wool Fabric. I absolutely love working with boiled wool – it’s so nice working with a fabric that doesn’t fray AT ALL – the seams don’t need any sort of finishing so you don’t need to keep stopping and starting, it’s really nice to fluidly go with the sewing flow.
I ordered this boiled wool in the ‘Bottle Green’ colour and it is a lovely foresty green, it was tough to choose as there were loads of colours to choose from! It is very light and drapey for a boiled wool – nothing like any that I’ve handled before! I think it would suit a beautifully drapey trench coat style – after feeling it I definitely wished I had ordered more so I could do that! The pattern I went for is Vogue 9246 – a Very Easy Vogue pattern with loads of options.
The pattern comes in two size ranges so I had to choose which size range I wanted to buy, this is always a bit problematic for me as I am such a pear shape. My bottom half is definitely in the larger size range as I have a 45” hip BUT with a 37” full bust my upper half would be in the smaller size range. I like several views of this pattern and intend to make the jacket, the top and the culottes. As I have less experience in trouser making and fitting I decided to go with the larger size range of the pattern –I would rather the trousers (which are notoriously trickier to fit) are my size as I know I am more comfortable doing a bit of fitting on tops/jackets. PLUS the top and jacket in this pattern are both ‘boxy fit’ and I didn’t think it would matter too much if they were a little big.
I made view A, size Large which is the smallest size in this size range of the pattern. I do think it could be a little smaller but I know I have lots of room for a nice thick jumper so overall I am quite happy with the fit. I am going to be living in this all autumn as the wool is so soft and warm!
I found the boiled wool to be a tiny bit itchy on my inner arm (a very sensitive area for me) which is unsurprising from a 100% wool fabric so I decided to line my jacket. The pattern itself is for an unlined jacket but I didn’t find it too difficult to add a lining as the jacket already has big facings – I basically just cut two jackets and sewed them together. For the lining I used a quilting cotton I’ve had in my stash since approximately 2012?! I know Minerva have loads of quality fabrics that would look lovely. I just love pink and green together!
For an added special touch I added a Kylie and the Machine label to the back and made sure I added a hanging loop. I cannot tell you how many times I have made jackets and forgotten to add one – WHY don’t the pattern instructions always include them?! Am I the only person who doesn’t religiously use coat hangers?!
Anyway, hanging loop ranting aside, I am really happy with my casual autumn jacket – I love the easy shape and can see me throwing this on over so many different outfits, the boiled wool feels smooth and warm and I think it has unexpected drape and movement.
Until next time, happy sewing!
Vicky @ Sewstainability
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