A love letter to Falda
You’ve been part of my life for several months now, but I’ve been keeping you a secret. Thankfully, you are a secret no more! Pattern Fantastique’s Falda Jacket has just been released and I can now sing your praises to anyone who will listen.
In fact, if you promise not to tell your fellow hand-made friends in my wardrobe, I’ll let you in on a little secret… you are the garment that I am most proud of sewing.
Your pattern pieces don’t look like anything standard, but I just followed the well written instructions with accompanying diagrams and everything fell into place. You weren’t a super fast sew, like many of my makes, but I paced myself and the end result was a fashion forward jacket with sleeves to rival no other.
Depending on your fabric choice, you can be sewn in two different ways:
- View A – Jacket weight cotton (no lining) with patch pockets (think denim!). It’s the perfect jacket for transitional weather
- View B – Blanket weight wool with welt pockets and full lining for deep winter warmth
As we were just getting to know each other, I sewed View A, and to further reduce my stress levels (I’m easily daunted by a slightly more complicated projects), I opted to top-stitch you in matching all purpose Gutermann sewing thread.
Can I tell you a little bit about my fabric choices? Your main fabric is a cotton/linen blend from The Cloth Shop. When I brought the fabric it was crisp and could hold it’s own weight (see photo below). At the time I suspected there was a coating/dressing on the fabric and it would be easier to sew without pre-washing. So I cut, sewed and then washed. It worked a treat. The fabric has softened significantly and now you are a perfect lightweight layer.
And because you are so special Falda, your facings are in Liberty. Who’s a lucky jacket?
I hope you don’t mind, but I expect by the end of the year you’ll have two siblings – an unlined version in some rust coloured denim from House of Cloth in Bendigo (a big shout out to my fabric finder Sarah and her Mum for acting as the courier!) and I’m currently auditioning wool in my stash for the lined version with welt pockets. And while we’re talking next time, I don’t want you to think that you aren’t perfect, but I’m going to add an inch to the length to accommodate my longish body and to keep my kidneys a little warmer in the cooler months.
Before I sign off, I just wanted you to know that I think you are a drafting masterpiece, with bold lines and a distinct stamp of individuality. You look great thrown over a summer dress on a cool morning, paired with a colourful top and my black jeans and gosh, when I’m feeling brave, I’ve even been known to dabble in double denim. With you in my life Falda, anything is possible!
Lots of Love
Pattern: Pattern Fantastique’s Falda Jacket (View A)
Fabric: Main fabric – Cotton/linen blend from The Cloth Shop. Facings – Liberty tana lawn from leftover from this project
Accessories: Liberty Scarf and and as-new second-hand Funkis shoes
Photo Location: Children’s Garden at the Melbourne Royal Botanic Gardens
Terrific of course! Love that fabric combo and delighted to enable a denim version! Xx
Thanks lovely Sarah. I’m cutting out another denim project as we speak to get myself into a good top stitching groove and then I’m tackling that rust denim.
Your letter to your jacket is so funny, love it. And the jacket looks fabulous, what great sleeves and very neat topstitching.
It’s good to be a bit silly sometimes. I’ve been planning this post for weeks! I’m such a perfectionist, so it’s lovely to receive positive feedback about my neatness.
This looks wonderful on you Anna! I must say yours look a lot better than what’s shown on the website. I think your choice of fabric is a big win for this pattern!
What an inventive post! The jacket is fabulous with those sleeves, and your topstitching is a thing of beauty.
Oh Falda, I’d stay zipped up when you’re in the wardrobe if I were you. You know how those other garments talk & they’ll just get jealous of your beautiful facings. It’s for their own good……
Also, could you please tell Anna her top stitching is a beauty to behold, just like you! 🙂
Oh Jennifer, you made me laugh out loud. Thanks for getting into the spirit of things. Being silly is fun isn’t it?
What a great looking jacket – fascinating seaming but subtle enough to be a great basic! Off to look at the pattern line drawings 🙂
One of the things I love about this jacket Jane is that it’s like no other. I find Nita-Jane’s modern and slightly sporty style to be very refreshing. Oh dear, I’m sounding like a fan-girl again!
oh my dear!!!!! what a beautiful make. i’m so timid when it comes to pattern fantastique. i have the aolie but i feel as though i’ve never really done it justice — i keep hoping too, though. this summer i am bent on trying the celestial.
but this!!!!! this is amazing! i love it and i love all the samples on their website. thanks for making my (sewing) day!
I know you will probably find this hard to believe, but it’s only in the last few years that I have felt comfortable with making a statement, being my bright and colourful self. I used to dress in muted colours… on reflection, I didn’t want to be noticed or seen. It’s hard to be less timid when dressing, but I have faith that if you want to make the change you can. Baby steps. Start with a new-to-you style, but use a colour/fabric combo that you feel really comfortable in. Best of luck.
I am so excited about this pattern, I have to make it. I love your denim version Anna, it’s really beautiful.
It’s an exciting pattern Kate. Modern and a little bit Japanese… right up our alley!