Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Wild Wonky Hem

My plans for yesterday were turned around and mixed up BUT... I did get everything done that needed to be done and in particular finishing the jacket, errands, and cleaning. It's a good thing because today is coffee dates and packing. Oh... and I need to hem my jean - my last sewing project before I go.

The jacket has buttons and button holes. You know you're committed when things get to that stage. In this picture, you can also see the piping around the front and collar. I've never piped an outside edge like this and...

... I wasn't quite sure how to end so I simply cut the strip and finished the edge with Fray Check. In a detail shot you can see every fussy bit but in real life - at a respectful distance - it looks okay. It's someplace to do more learning as is working with linen. It's so soft that I had trouble getting crisp corners and...

... finishing the edge of the facing may have created too strong of an edge because...

... it ended up with a wild wonky hem in the back. Millicent is still a bit smaller than me in the hips so maybe it'll "stretch" out on my body otherwise, I'll get some feedback at the retreat and perhaps fix that edge... if it's fixable. I'm wondering if I need to implement more stabilizing techniques when working with linen. That's something else to ask. AND...

... can you believe how many scraps are still left over? It amazes me when I aim for zero waste how it can go on and on. The scraps seem to breed in the night and extrapolate into a million pieces. I've packed these into a zip lock to take to the retreat. I'll use them as the start of a little girl twirl coat. Speaking of which...

... I added a pleat and a button to the sleeves of the twirl dress from March. I think it makes the sleeves more interesting especially as they're actually a three quarter sleeve and not the full length the pattern pretended to be.

Talk soon - Myrna

Grateful - a finished "challenge" project


  1. I'm looking forward to seeing the jacket on you. I would finish that piping off by tapering it into the seam, so the raw edge at the end is just inside the seam. Like the raw ends of home dec trims taper into the seam of a pillow. Clear as mud?

    1. I understand what you mean. I thought about that but wasn't sure how to end it nicely right at the corner. What I could do now though is - attempt - to pull it in with some stitching and make it look like I tapered it. Thanks.

  2. Becky beat me to it - I was going to suggest the same thing re: the piping. I'm so looking forward to the reveal!


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