Sunday, January 29, 2012

Celebration Time!





F-i-n-a-l-l-y it's finished! The blue jacket is complete. I was held up a bit due to illness, but am thrilled to be clearing the decks to start a new project. Ya HOO!

I used a hand prickstitch to keep the lining from migrating outside the jacket during wear. I think I might use this technique more often from now on, as it doesn't take much more time than doing the same thing by machine, plus it is not a bulky as machine stitching (less thread, you know).

I love this fabric, but I am a bit tired of looking at this jacket because it's been my 'ongoing ' project for quite some time. So I will not be wearing this for at least one week. It will stay in my closet for a little while. On this jacket, I know there are a few imperfections (the casual observer will be oblivious to these I think), and I know from experience that if I wait some time to wear the jacket, I will have largely forgotten about my little errors and will enjoy wearing the jacket more. Are you like me in that when you purchase a jacket, you don't examine it as closely as you do your own work? I'm not talking about the obvious, such as puckered seams, tears, etc. More the little niggly things like a button not sitting just right, or a facing just a wee bit off grain.


Anyway, if I don't wear this for a while I will forgive its small imperfections and enjoy wearing it more in the long run.

Here's a closeup of Smokey. Isn't he turning into a handsome gentleman kitty? Smokey and Snowy turn one year old on February 9!


11 comments:

patti said...

It is absolutely stunning! I think any imperfections would have to be pointed out--and why would you do that? Esp since only another sewist would be interested.

Lisette M said...

Precioso! I like the pinprick technique for the lining. I tend to do the same when it comes to inspecting what I buy, I don't expect it to be completely perfect, but I hold my work to a higher standard!

Lydia La La said...

Your jacket looks well tailored and sits nicely on your model. I think I will attempt a winter coat now after seeing yours. I live in a hot climate but love winter clothes. By the way, do you know if Liana is OK? She has not put up a post on her blog since November with the lovely photos of you both. I hope she is fine.
Cheers.

RhondaBuss said...

Congratulations!! The jacket looks sensational.

BeaJay said...

Love your jacket - beautiful fabric. And yes - he is a handsome kitty

Barbara at Cat Fur Studio said...

Thanks, everyone! Lydia, Liana is doing very well.

Suzy said...

Gorgeous jacket! I agree - pausing a bit before wearing helps improve the

Audrey said...

It is a beautiful jacket and I know you will wear it often.

The Slapdash Sewist said...

Beautiful, and yes, I know allll about obsessing over the tiny invisible flaws in a project. Time really helps.

glendale self storage said...

I know now what's my next target is.

Carolyn (cmarie12) said...

Congrats on getting the jacket finished. And I totally understand about giving it a time-out in the closet. You will wear it with pride when it finally emerges from time-out!