Tom & Linda Platt for Vogue Patterns, (Top and Jacket)
V1620 Palmer/Pletsch one-seam pants, McCalls M6571

Fabric: Pants and Jacket - Telio “Downtown” Rayon/nylon/spandex suiting from (now defunct) Fabric Depot in Portland, OR Top and jacket binding/pocket lining - Polyester mix challis from our ASGLA Couture Group’s stash exchange

I committed to finishing unfinished projects while I quarantined; I’m proud that I finally burst through my covid-19 sewing block and finished this jacket! It had been languishing, unfinished, in the corner of my studio for quite a while. Like so many designer patterns, V1620 provides extra instructions. In this case, it provides nice instructions for making continuous bias strips for the Hong Kong seam finish — sadly, I had to ignore them, as I had so little of this black and white fabric that I recut every single scrap on the bias to make enough binding! V1620 also directs a fascinating method for creating pockets in an unlined jacket. I love the way designer patterns contain these little techniques! This top is the first one I made with V1620. Since I finished this top, I’ve made 2 more tops, and even expanded the top pattern to create a sleeveless dress. I also made a pair of the pants from V1620, but I wasn’t as happy with their combination of boned waist and plated front as I am with my favorite standby, M6571, Palmer/Pletsch’s one-seam pants with back zipper. M6571 is out of print, but the pattern is currently available as M7515. Telio’s “Downtown” fabric is the perfect weight for these pants. Sadly, Downtown does not seem to be available anymore, but stretch bengaline is available from other vendors.

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