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In this frigid weather, as the gardeners pore over their seed catalogs, home-sewers are warmed by the prospect of projects for spring.
Think about adding a fresh, shorter jacket to your wardrobe. It's a perky look, flattering to most figure types, and good with pants and skirts. Cut the jacket closer to the body, a simple cardigan or perhaps a bomber or Eisenhower style with a bottom band. Give it pizzazz with details such as epaulets, flaps and pockets. These design elements become even more important when you topstitch in single or multiple rows.
Your fabric selection sets the mood. To take it into the office, you could sew it in a classic wool crepe, lined for comfort and durability. For more fun, try mixing things up with a jean jacket style in silk dupioni. This season you'll see metallic threads in many fabrics, even denim, and a short jacket would be smart in one of these. When you sew, you have lots of options, so repeat a good pattern several times.