This is my new project to teach at Farmhouse Fabrics this year, I will be lucky enough to go there three times in 2012. If you love nice fabric, interesting laces and trims, millions of buttons, and almost anything else related to sewing a trip to Farmhouse should be on your bucket list. For a little taste go to www.farmhousefabrics.com. The first version of the class project is quite formal - a floral brocade mandarin collar jacket paired with a smocked and beaded silk dupioni dress.
The second version is a floral print featherweight corduroy paired with a Swiss flannel smocked dress. The corduroy jacket is completely interlined with 'baby' interfacing to give it some additional body. I don't ever make anything brown so this was a nice change for me.
I've already got ideas for several more combinations which is always a good sign to me. I hope this will be a versatile pattern that will work up well in many fabric combinations.