Monday, January 02, 2012
The Project That Keeps On Going. And Going. And Going
I've been working on this particular project on and off since November. It's been a long haul.
In the meantime, Snowy checked the quality of my sleeve just this afternoon. He and Smokey, his brother, are getting larger!
Last spring, my friend Patti gave me a beautiful blue/purple boucle. I bought buttons to match in NYC in September (M and J Trim), and then bought some lining from HotPatterns' Etsy site.
Here are the buttons, lining and fabric shown together.
I had determined to make a classic 'chanel style' jacket, by quilting the lining to the fashion fabric. Muslin. Check (I was not going to risk a fit disaster!). Thread traced the seam lines. Check. Cut all out. Check. Then, I started quilting lining to jacket fabric, just as the instructions in a number of Threads Magazine articles instruct. At that time, I realized that the quilting seamlines would show on this particular fabric. And it was not a couture look. More "REI meets Chanel". So I could have continued, but I decided to re-engineer the project. So now, I'm sewing up the jacket, Simplicity 4954, regular-style. With the V neck. It's turning out pretty well. I'm using traditional (new style) tailoring techniques, such as fusible tape, sewn-in silk organza in the upper back and such. Here it is so far. Notice how the neckline edges hug the dress form? That's because I used fusible bias tape, and stretched it ever so slightly as I applied it along the neckline.
Check back in a week or so to see (I hope) the finished version!