Zandra Rhodes Pattern

One of my favourite designers is Zandra Rhodes. So I was delighted to find that there was a new jacket pattern by her when the Vogue pattern book came out in the Autumn. I have a habit of buying patterns & not using them.

I bought this Zandra Rhodes pattern in the 1980’s & have never found a reason to make it up. I love the sleeves on this design & would love to use it.

I was not going to let this new pattern go the same way. So I set about searching through my fabric stash & came up with the red fabric with the trim already on it. The padded yoke on the jacket is made from a faulty piece of silk dupion I have in the shop. I couldn’t believe how well it matched the fabric in the stash. One edge of this whole roll has been marked. It probably would have washed out but I wasn’t prepared to risk changing the colour of it by washing it, so I just used it as a narrow fabric. I did have to do a bit of  juggling to get the lining skirt out but a discreet join here & there solved the problem.

I do enjoy machining quilting lines on fabrics. Once you get started on the straight lines I find it very relaxing. The finished effect is very pleasing. I used volume fleece for the wadding as I didn’t want it to be too padded. As you can see the shape of the bottom of the yoke is a beautiful shape & wasn’t that straight forward to join together but I think it went together quite well. I had to go against my tailoring instincts in the making up process & the way the lining is done really adds to the shaping on the jacket.

Zandra Rhodes Pattern

If you are making this pattern up just be careful of the back yoke pattern as they have drawn on the placement lines for the quilting & it looks for all the world as if it’s size cutting lines.

I now need to find a reason to wear it. The idea was to make it up to wear on New Year’s Eve but I’m wearing a scarlet dress & I think the two colours will clash. I will take it to the NEC show in March to put on display as I’m hoping to do a red & black stand. I think I win all round with this jacket as I have an emergency dressy jacket if needed, & I have used up one of the pieces of fabric which I bought with now idea what I was going to do with it.

Talking of the stash last New Year I posted that I was going to try making up some of the fabric in the stash. Yes, I heard you all laugh from here. I have actually managed to reduce my stash by about 10 pieces. Not bad heh! The fact that I’ve been making clothes all year must mean I’ve been buying fabric as well. My excuse is that I have to try out the fabric in the shop so when customers ask about it I can tell them all about Sewing Wearing & Laundering it. Now if I keep that up within the next five years I will have used up the stash so I can start buying fabric again. See there is no hope for me I’m addicted to fabric!!