The Galaxy Chocolate Jacket

Late 50s, early 60s Butterick 9563

Late 50s, early 60s Butterick 9563

So, jacket number three using this pattern has been completed.  And it still elicits “ooooo’s” & “aaaaahh’s” from me!

Butterick 9563 in silk blend with bound buttonholes

Butterick 9563 in silk blend with bound buttonholes

I cannot decide from the three I’ve made now, which is my favourite!  They have all been beautiful & special in their own right.  This one though, will look simply stunning with a party frock for the Christmas party season!  Then again, you can play it down with jeans too.  The buttons from the antique shop have worked brilliantly, I was initially worried about the colour, thinking they’d be too dark.  But they’re perfect!

For those of you who haven’t tried bound buttonholes, I say go for it.  They can make something ordinary look really special.  They are another tool in your arsenal to make a garment individual & unique.  Yes, they’re fiddly and yes, they’re scary – but only if you let them be!  Practice makes perfect, as they say!  :)

The wide portrait collar is such a feature on this jacket.

The wide portrait collar is such a feature on this jacket.

I have left the collars unadorned on the 3 jackets I have made, but I may pop some piping or a ribbon trim on the edge the next time, depending on the fabric, of course!  It would make the collar stand out even more.  I love how the hem finishes in the waist.  These cropped jackets work so well with just about any garment underneath, but picture this with a floaty chiffon floor-length skirt….  mmmmm

Three quarter sleeves enable you to show off jewelery.

Three quarter sleeves enable you to show off jewelery.

So it’s a pity we didn’t remember to put any on Belle for this shoot!  Chunky sparkly bracelets & long gloves look fabulous with this length sleeve!  To make it yours, visit my Etsy shop soon because I don’t think this one will hang around long.

butterick 9563

Another hit!

Another hit!

Construction details

Construction details. Left; the facing of the bound buttonholes & bound raw edges.

So why the name?  The colour of the squares may have had something to do with it, the rest of the reason is I did manage to eat a whole bar while doing all the handstitching on this jacket!

Galaxy Chocolate Jacket!

Galaxy Chocolate Jacket!

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