That photo is from Pinterest. I’ve had it pinned for a little while. It links to this blog post. I love that suit a lot and the blog post tells how to make the suit all by yourself without a pattern. Honestly, at this point I think I could do the skirt but I’m not sure about the jacket and so I went on a hunt for a pattern that would work. Let me tell you why.

My friend Dana and her husband Jerome are traveling around the world right now. Yes, you heard that right. They sold their house and almost all of their stuff except for what fits in a 10×10 ish storage unit. They left in the beginning of July and they each only have one carry on size suitcase and a back . It’s amazing. You can see some of it at Dana’s blog, Retired and Remote.

This does really have to do with my search.

I knew they would be in Scotland and I asked them to go to Harris Tweed and please please please send me some fabric. Well, I was not disappointed.

Not all of that is mine but I’m holding onto it. The yellow is for a skirt I’ll make for Dana. The light green on top is for a waist coat I’ll make for Jerome ( I need to find a good pattern for that too). The little bundles are for bow ties for Dana’s grandsons and the stuff in the white bag is for a something. The rest is all mine. Not even kidding.

On a side note, if you know of a pattern for a men’s proper British waistcoat please point me to it.

So I have plenty for a suit and a blazer and another skirt and possibly a pieced skirt and a sleeve for my tablet and sunglasses and a purse and on and on.

I look better in a shorter or cropped length jacket and what I was looking for is hard to find but I have some options and I’m hoping for some opinions.

Vogue, McCall’s, Butterick had a pattern sale on their website and I went looking for a jacket pattern…I may have gotten carried away. They were a really good price though! I may have also missed the point and bought no jackets…

But here’s what I’m thinking for my winter wardrobe.

This is not the Harris Tweed. It’s a lightweight wool I got in Pennsylvania when I was visiting last year and I think it will be lovely with that dress. I have right around 10 yards I believe.

This is a wool blend I got at the same time last year and I have had this pattern for a while.

OK on to the tweeds.

I like the sailor collar on this one. It’s also the right length and double breasted like the pattern i was trying to match. The skirt pattern I have there has the front panel set on the bias which could be really pretty with the twill pattern in this green tweed.

I really like the look of this and I think it would be so cute with the dark rust of this fabric. It would also give me some practice matching plaids.

This fabric I think I have 6 meters. I like the little bolero but what about that cropped jacket on the other pattern?

I also have this pattern which I really like. I think the tweed is too heavy for the dress but the jacket is gorgeous.

And finally I have these three remnants which might be enough for a pencil skirt that has different panels in the different colors. What do you think?


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