4/5/09

Welt Pockets for New Look 6617

This is a revisited pattern, which I did in 2007. At that time I was totally new to sewing garments, and for some unknown reason selected New Look 6617, which was a total challenge, but ended with favorable results. Initially, my plan was to do Simplicity 2766, but of course, detoured and started on NL6617. I had forgotten how many pieces there are to the pattern and was quickly reminded when I started pulling them out. With so many pieces I knew I needed to organize how I would work this garment. Each day last week I worked on ironing, cutting and marking that by Friday I was able to begin assembling the garment.

Also, I am doing a lining, and decided I would work the lining along with assembling the garment, which is tedious, but effective. With so many pieces I had to label everything just to keep me from becoming befuddled.
The fabric is a polyester/rayon/cotton blend that has a tweed appearance with strands of apricot/beige/metallic threads and its lightweight.

All of the seams are double serged, it felt like I was a skinning a chicken with feathers flying everywhere, the fabric frayed tremendously and figured double serging was in order. The top part of the jacket required a lot of pining, baste stiching and sewing because of the 9 pieces.

The project did not call for a lining, but wanted the jacket to last longer and easier to slip on and off. So I am working up the lining as I assemble the jacket to prevent that second garment syndrome...lol

Attaching the lower front and back was a piece of cake just pin and serge.



The jacket was too long and have cut off 4" from the bottom. I have also baste stitched the front facings to help me gauge how many inches needed to do the center back pleat for the lining.


Last night after doing the pocket flap, I decided I really wanted pockets and after reading several bloggers' posts about successful welt pockets became inspired enough to give it a try.
I used tips and techniques from several bloggers, books and dvds to help me out: Ms. Faye, Tanya, Paco, Summerset, Carolyn, Erica, Threads, and Palmer Pletsch.
Here are a few progress pics of the welt pockets. I was going to do fabric buttons, but noticed that the jacket would look better with dark buttons. Looking forward to checking out JoAnns' selection.

Doing welt pockets was definitely a learning experience and looking forward to doing more and will practice more instead of diving into it first time around.

I really need to turn this fabric into a bag, it would work well with the jacket...

14 comments:

Erica said...

Ma'at here. I'm always amazed by your sewing skills (not to say i don't miss all of your fabulous crochet). I personally am afraid to move beyond sewing pillows, and haven't laid hands on my sewing machine in about 2 years. This jacket looks good thus far and I've been waiting on that purse since you posted the fabric... yes I have a craft problem lol.

Melodye said...

That pocket looks wonderful. It's hard to believe it's your first one! Good job!

Carrie said...

So far the jacket is looking beautiful. I love the fabric choice. You're brave with diving right on into the welt pocket, and the results are gorgeous. Can't wait to see the finished project.

Paola said...

Great work, Sheila!!!
However, It was worth because the jacket is wonderful. I´m wishing see the bag.

Carolyn (cmarie12) said...

I have to say that I don't think I was much help in you making those beautiful welt pockets! The jacket is coming along beautifully and I really want you to work on the matching handbag too!

Tanya said...

Love the jacket and your welt pockets are awesome, you're right that fabric would be great as a bag with the jacket.

Mary Sarah said...

The welt pockets look great. The jacket will be fantastic and you definitely need to make the bag to go with it. The fabrics are perfect together!

Adrienne said...

Looking good girl!!!!!

Aminat said...

wao wao, what a beautiful jacket and the welt pocket too... Your first time of making those pockets? you did a terrific job and can't wait to see the final version. Excellent job sistah

Cas... said...

Now that's the way to make it work! Good for you!

Keep up the good work!

Faye Lewis said...

You did such a marvelous job! And you weren't even scared - yahoo! Now I've got to make some with the flap.

Opal said...

Your project is coming along nicely.. You did an excellent job on the welt pockets...

Cennetta said...

Nice job on the pockets.

KimT said...

Wow! simply amazing!