I started seeing these sleeveless dusters being worn around my area. They peaked my interest, especially since it doesn't get extremely cold here in Florida. I thought these were a nice look for fall/winter paired with long sleeve sweaters and tees. I think this is something that can be dressed up or down!
So I set out to make one for myself… I got the idea when I made my Burgundy colored, two piece dress on a previous blog post you can see here. I'll show you that burgundy set with my new duster shortly. First let's talk about the duster...
I started with a commercial pattern for the base. Although, my resulting duster doesn't look anything like the commercial pattern, LOL! I used McCall's 3796 and I selected view D (the rust colored one). Now this one is out of print, but can be found on Etsy, Ebay and other websites. However, ANY jacket pattern will do just fine depending on how you want your end results.
The fabric is from my stash and was purchased from Joanne (I cannot remember when). It's a very lightweight wool blend with a slight stretch. I would call the color "taupe". This is one of those great times when I paired the right pattern with the right fabric…thank you Lord!
Because this is a muslin, I decided not to line it. (And I live in Florida, doesn't have to be line either...too hot at times!) I will be making another in black and it will be lined. Sewing this one was such a so much! I only ran into a couple of very minor issues that I decided not to correct because this is my muslin and I love the way it looks as is! (Yes, I plan on wearing it!)
The two minor issues were…
The Duster has an "over the shoulder and back panel" which was totally self drafted by me. On the next one I will make this panel about 2 inches longer to come just over the bust.
Secondly, the commercial pattern I used had an extended shoulder, I assume for shoulder pads on this particular jacket. I didn't realize how much they extend out until after I had sewn the facing in! (That's too much for me to take out and adjust... and I just don't want to because I'm being lazy!). I have adjusted my pattern for the future and there definitely will be another!
Here's a much more casual look (I think I need a new pair of flats...my old ballerina's have seen better days!!)
I can't say how much I love this Duster! It's a nice trendy piece to add to my wardrobe and it was so fun to sew as well! What's the last trendy piece you created for your wardrobe?
As always, thanks so much for stopping by and sharing a little of your time with me! It's truly appreciated!!