At this point, the jacket is assembled, and the inside seams are covered. Today we’ll get to the last finishing details. The edges of the jacket and sleeves need binding, and I began with the sleeves. I measured the total length needed, and made a binding exactly that length in a tube. I turned the sleeves inside out so I could sew the binding to the outside easier.
Sew the binding with about a 3/8-inch depth. I think just a bit more than the quarter inch usual for a quilt just looks better.
Turn the binding to the inside and pin. It is ready for the handwork. I need to also tack down the covered seam in the sleeve, too.
Next, I put the binding on the edge of the jacket in one continuous piece starting in the mid-back.
When I got all the way around the front, neck edge, and back around the other side, I did the joining the same way as you do a quilt.
I made strips of binding from the lining fabric and sewed them onto the sleeve seams at the shoulder.
The strips are folded over the seam and the raw edge is tucked under. These are pinned on both sleeves.
Then, I took the jacket full of pins to the den to work on the hand sewing while watching some pre-season football games. I worked on tacking down the edges of the sleeve inside binding. Then I whip stitched the covered seam down the sleeves to the lining.
Then I did the sleeve edges. All this handwork took several days.
The edges of the jacket were last. I turned the corners in the same way as a quilt.
Next, I hand stitched a frog closure on the front. I pinned it first to be sure I liked the placement, and that the two sides were even.
Then, they were stitched down using a couching stitch.
I love the look of these, even if they are a bit old fashioned. I doubt I’ll ever wear it fully closed, but it just needs to have it.
With a bit of the butterfly leftover quilted fabric, I cut a square for a pocket.
The pocket is bound by machine in the normal way.
I was going to top stitch it to the right front, but when I pinned it in place and tried on the jacket, it was too awkward to reach. So, I decided to put it on the inside left front where it would be more usable. I had to hand stitch this in place.
Done. Or is it?
I have a bag of lovely black beads that need using. I am considering putting rows of them on the seam lines on the left. That would be a lot of hand work, so I haven’t made a final decision on that yet. And, I do still have more of the quilted pieces left from cutting out the jacket. Of course, I have something I am going to do with those!
So, we’ll have one more week of the sew along, and I’ll show the ‘extras’ made from the leftovers.
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