I am smiling because, you know, I am a half-glass-full kinda lady but it's not quite right somehow.

I bought this Vogue 7042 1967 pattern in Whitby from a Vintage shop for just £1.50 but at Bust 38 it turns out to be a touch too big. 

I modified the sleeves to be a simple gather with a bias trim because the deep cuffs, if I'm honest, frightened me slightly style-wise. Maybe it was the headscarf too...

The second 'mmmm' for me was my fabric choice. It is a 100% linen fabric which I chose as my Minerva sponsored fabric this month. I have never done a negative review for any of the fabric I have had from them but it was just too darn crisp. I washed it before I used it too but it was still stiff. It wasn't the right fabric for this pattern... you could press the seams your thumb nail.

On the plus side Minerva has a great choice of beautiful lining. This is called jacquard lining and is fantastic quality. I would buy this again definitely. I could then have a bash at my other vintage jacket pattern and choose a different coloured lining. This pattern is a 36 bust so should be a better starting point.

Yeah! I really love the lining and I am sure the jacket will get a few summer try outs but it is not the denim jacket replacement I thought it would be.

I learnt lots of new skills making this and most importantly, I learnt to take my time, follow the instructions and enjoy sewing. That is a good thing for me. It is also one more make for my Vintage pledge this year over at Stitching Odyssey.

Thanks Minerva. Jo xxxx