With the rest of the week’s temps remaining in the low 40s to 50s, I have the rest of the week to pace myself, including sending it off to the cleaners to remove those dreadful markings. What remains is attaching the lining to the hem of the jacket, and lining to the sleeves, and deciding on buttons, which I need 10. Speaking of buttons, initially I’d planned to use the fashion fabric to make buttons, but after seeing the jacket assembled, it looks like it needs something other than matchy buttons. I went to JoAnns in search of antique bronze buttons, but of course, they didn’t have enough of what I like. So last nite, I sifted through my button stash (I have a tendency to salvage buttons from garments that are headed for trashville) and lucky me found 12 antique bronze black tinted buttons that I think just may work. Also, I am thinking of doing a belt, I believe I have enough fabric left to make one and wanted to buy dk brown faux leather so that the belt can be reversible. Just need to make it to the fabric store this week.
Well without further ado… here are some sneak peek pics.
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
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.
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.