I finally had a day to spend in the sewing room, and I made some headway on the jacket project. One thing I had to do was to buy two yards of fabric. I didn’t have enough of the pretty blue, purple and black fabrics to make the whole jacket. Looking around my local shops, nothing went well with them. The black is a deep, rich black, and the other black fabrics just didn’t have that depth. So, on to the internet, and I found one yard at two spots, and bought both. I want to be able to wash the jacket without a lot of shrinkage, so I washed the yardages I had. I used the technique of fan folding and pinning on the selvedges that I showed on my post A Brilliant Tip. Here the fabrics are ready for the washer.
I wash as usual in the washing machine on a normal cycle, then throw into the dryer. They come out wrinkle free with little to no raveling on the cut edges. The black and gold print was in my stash, and will be the backing / lining for the jacket. I washed the fat quarters in the sink, then threw them into the dryer as well.
While the washing was going on, I dug around for a fabric to make my sample. I found this older print and cut out the simpler pattern. This print was my bedroom decor in the 70s! It was my bedspread, pillow shams, and curtains. I think this is the only print I’ve ever seen that hasn’t been discontinued, as I found new fabric with it at the big box fabric store just a couple of years ago.
Sewing the shoulder seams, side seams and setting in the sleeves, I could check the fit. It is coming out a bit boxier than I’d like, and it is a bit too short. I want to add at least one and maybe two inches to the jacket length. The sleeves are too long, so I need to take about 2 inches off the bottom of the sleeve. I will be binding the edges, so I don’t need hem allowances. In addition, I need to make it a full size larger than I usually wear, to accommodate the thicker quilted fabric. I need to make a few adjustments to the pattern, so I’ll hopefully get that done this weekend so I can begin the jacket construction next week. This fabric won’t be wasted, I can cut the jacket sample apart and use the fabrics in scrap quilts.
On my wool house project, I took the elements, my pattern and a bunch of wool scraps to a friend’s house on Tuesday for a sew day, and it was an epic fail. I tried several configurations, adding and subtracting elements, piddling with it for a couple of hours, and I just didn’t like any of them. The proportions and perspective are still wrong, and I just cannot get them right. The patterns from other designers are just so much better than anything I can come up with. So, that project is on the back burner for now.
What are you sewing this week? Have you chosen a jacket pattern yet?