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Saturday, April 19, 2014

Fabulous Free Pattern Friday

I can't believe it's been a month since I've done a FFPF post. My apologies. Thankfully, life is beginning to get a little more back to normal and I am beginning to catch up, so I am hoping to be back to my normal schedule this upcoming week. Fingers crossed anyway!  
As I'm sure you all know, Easter is tomorrow and I love having a new dress for Easter. I didn't have time to do the dress that I wanted to do, so  I needed to do something quick and easy, and here it is. I'm calling the jacket
Wrapped in Circles 
The jacket is just one big circle, basically a big circular skirt. The jacket is laying flat and folded in half in the picture below.
I'm sure you've seen the jackets that are a big circle with circles cut into the piece for armholes. But we really don't need armholes, one circle in the middle will allow the piece to act as a halter.
The piece without the belt.
Below you can see the opening, basically a halter type of a fit.
To determine the radius of my interior circle, I measured from one shoulder to the other. My shoulder width is 14". I'm showing this with a piece of paper, but of course you would do this with fabric.
Fold the fabric in half.
Fold in half again.
Since my shoulder width was 14", I will divide that measurement in half and that will be 7".
Measure down from the point, 7" from one side to the other.
Determine how long you would like your jacket to be. I measured 18" out from my interior circle. From the first picture, you can see that this gave me a jacket length that is just below my hip.
Cut out both circles. I used a double faced knit fabric for my jacket. To finish the edges, I simply bound them. You could also just turn under the edges and stitch if you like.
With minimal effort, I am all ready for Easter. I'll try to get some pictures of me in the outfit tomorrow so you can see how it looks on me.
In an upcoming post, I will show you how to take the same concept and turn it into a wrap halter dress. Perfect for summer!



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25 comments:

  1. Interesting! I'd love to see a back view on you as well:)

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    1. I'll be sure to get a back view...just for you ;)

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  2. Beautiful color - perfect for Easter.

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    1. I have a great pair of shoes to wear with the outfit too! But sadly, no hat this year.

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  3. Very pretty. Love the pink! What fabrics did you use. Also, is that 7" measured down from the point on each edge of the folds OR 7" down to center point of that portion of circle?
    thanks!

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    1. Tha fabric that I used a is a knit and it has stretch in the crosswise as well as the lengthwise grain.
      I measured down 7" from the point at the corner on each side and from the point to the middle. I hope this helps. If you have another question, please be sure to ask and I will try to help.

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  4. You must look stunning in this! Beautiful!

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  5. Gorgeous....what a wonderful outfit for Easter. It kinda of has that 1950s retro feeling.

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  6. What a very clever idea - and it looks so pretty.

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  7. Ingenious! So couture looking.

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  8. Your outfit is so Easter and special looking I remember those days. I have a question: How do you make the skirt and flounce or is it a dress with a flounce? You guessed it, I'm a beginner and taking many classes to catch up with all you couture sewing gals.
    Thanks for the inspiration!

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    1. Hi JeriLynn! The flounce is actually the bottom of the jacket and it is formed by tying the belt around the waist. The skirt is a completely separate garment. Hope you are enjoying your sewing classes!

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  9. Wow, that is so ingenious and looks so elegant and a bit avant garde. Love the colours too. Hope you had a nice Easter. Xx

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  10. This is not really my style, but I thought it looked stunning on you.

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  11. Thank you so much for posting this! A few years ago I was obsessed with the Harvey Faircloth wrap coat and trying to wrap my brain around how it was made, but I could never figure it out. This is basically it!

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