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Built by Wendy Bolero Jacket

November 4, 2014

Remember the red lace dress I made to wear to a friend’s wedding?  Well, given that the wedding was taking place in October, I realised I was going to need some sort of shrug or jacket type thing to keep the chill off.  I don’t often buy RTW clothing any more, but my first port of call was to look online and perhaps buy something.

Being a SAHM mum is great, but it does mean a distinct lack of funds for any luxuries other than gin (which is pretty much a necessity), so when I saw how much these sorts of garments were selling for I was quite outraged.  The cheapest option I could find was a jersey shrug cardigan for £15, and the prices just went up and up!  I couldn’t afford it, never mind justify it, so my thoughts turned to making my own.  How hard could it be?!

I searched for a free pattern online but didn’t find what I wanted, and then I remembered Scruffy Badger’s bolero jacket, using the Built by Wendy Coats and Jackets book.  I had a discount voucher and free postage coupon for The Works, so I ordered the book and got it delivered for £3.79.  Bargain!

I didn’t think I had anything suitable in my stash, so I went to Boyes to see what they had to offer.  I was hoping for some nice plush plain black fur, but the only fur they had was £20 per metre and was grey, so I found myself drawn towards the spangly dance fabrics.  I bought a metre of black sequin dot fabric and a metre of plain black jersey for the lining, all under £10, and came home to set about preparing the pattern.

Oh. God.  I made it , and it was hideous.  I can’t bring myself to show you a photo, it’s so awful.

I was rather disappointed, I must say, having bought the book and the fabric and not having anything to show for it.  I resigned myself to having to buy something RTW after all.  I left it a few days before looking again online, and when I did, I got really annoyed again by the stupid prices.  I remembered some black linen I had leftover from my Burda Ruby Shorts, and wondered if it would be enough to try again with the bolero.  It was enough, and I managed to cobble together enough scraps of black cotton for the lining.  I redrafted the neckline of the pattern to give a bit more coverage and a slightly different shape, and got to work.  If this didn’t work, I would definitely have to stump up for RTW.  Eek!

Built by Wendy Bolero Jacket

Built by Wendy Bolero Jacket

Thankfully, it worked!  It might be quite a boring make but it was just perfect with my outfit.

Wedding outfit

Wedding outfit

I made the sleeves short so that I could wear these awesome gloves!

Bolero jacket

Bolero jacket

I’m so glad I gave it another go.  I now have the bolero jacket and the pattern that I could reuse to make other versions in the future! Sewing win!

  1. November 4, 2014 12:39 pm

    What a lovely classic looking Bolero – nice work hun (espesh re: the 2nd go with leftover fabric!) 🙂

    • tabathatweedie permalink*
      November 5, 2014 7:36 am

      Thank you Claire. I’m glad I persevered with it!

  2. scruffybadger permalink
    November 5, 2014 6:15 am

    Cute!! Love the jacket and the whole look! Awesome outfit … You were right about the gloves 😉

    • tabathatweedie permalink*
      November 5, 2014 7:37 am

      Thanks. I did particularly enjoy wearing the gloves!

  3. November 5, 2014 6:20 am

    Oh heck! I remember the twitter conversation about this! I’m so glad it worked out in the end. It looks fantastic with the gloves!

    • tabathatweedie permalink*
      November 5, 2014 7:37 am

      Thanks Vicki Kate. The gloves were the finishing touch!

  4. November 5, 2014 8:47 pm

    It worked out perfectly, and not boring at all 🙂

    • tabathatweedie permalink*
      November 5, 2014 9:18 pm

      Thanks. Guess I’m not used to making things in very plain solid colours!

  5. bimbleandpimble permalink
    November 7, 2014 9:21 am

    This looks RAD!

    • tabathatweedie permalink*
      November 7, 2014 9:24 am

      Thanks Amanda! I love your use of the word ‘rad’: it always makes me smile 😀

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