Thursday, April 23, 2015

Long Naps & Enhanced Fabric

Naturally, if you lend your car for the week, it will rain just when you wanted to walk to Starbucks. I ended up journalling at home which was good but not at all the same plus it didn't get me out of the house which is important when you're stay-at-home... or at least it is for me. Although I'm introverted, a certain amount of interaction combined with my routine works best for me.

One of my friends sees no reason to have a car. She says she doesn't need it. I do not understand. I love to drive and go on road trips and I use my car all the time. I need it. By the weekend, I'll have a list of things to do including pick up buttons for this jacket... which I did work on yesterday... although I also had a long nap. It seemed the perfect thing to do on a rainy day.





Knowing I barely had enough fabric, when I started laying out the pattern pieces I placed the collar in a position where each end would have some of the pink because I knew that I didn't want that acid green by my face. I didn't cut out the collar though. I prefer to interface the fabric first and then cut out the pieces. For the inside of the collar, I used solid black.





Here is how the fabric design lined up with the back of the jacket. I like the horizontal black lines but thought the yoke needed a bit of enhancing to add better balance to the right side so I...





... fused some strips of black and zigzag stitched them in place. The black fabric is scraps from a previous project. I love when I get to use scraps. It makes saving them worthwhile.





On the front, these two very strong shapes ended up side by side in a matchy matchy and not flattering way so I enhanced the front by....





... inserting a black button band at center front and adding some narrower stripes to the sides. I also narrowed the collar at the front only because...





... it felt too wide and floppy but I didn't want to lose those strong horizontal black lines at the back. I took off 1/2" at center front tapered to the shoulder line and then smoothed out that point that occurred. This is the stage I'm at - sewing on the collar and adding the sleeves. Maybe if I stay awake today, I'll actually finish - LOL.

Talk soon - Myrna

Grateful - a long nap

This is the beginning of a new day. You have been given this day to use as you will. You can waste it or use it for good. What you do today is important because you are exchanging a day of your life for it. When tomorrow comes, this day will be gone forever; in its place is something that you have left behind... let it be something good. 
- author unknown

10 comments:

  1. It's looking just awesome. I love watching your process. Thanks.

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    1. You're welcome. I think it's coming together quite well.

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  2. Wow! What a fabulous jacket this is going to be!

    When you tire of it, can I have it??? :-)

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  3. This jacket is amazing! I can't wait to see the finished product. Love viewing your editing process. Where did you get that fabulous fabric?

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    1. I go the fabric several years ago at Fabricana in Richmond. It's been sitting waiting for an opportunity. I think it's turning out pretty good.

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  4. Love your jacket. I may need one from some EOS hemp/cotton melange I have. Thanks for the inspiration!

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    1. You're welcome. It's a fun pattern. I added a button extension to the front instead of the one button and loop.

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    2. I had limited fabric also (1.5 yd, 52" width, size 16, 5'8"-->.5" longer, length FBA), but due to no nap, I was able to add a fold button extension also. Thanks for the reminder, I had forgotten this and don't want a loop closing either. I may do some raw edges with the SA to the right side, stitched open? Need to do some samples with the small remaining pieces. The edges do roll both ways.

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    3. Excellent. Sounds like we're both making progress. I sewed the collar on this morning and now I'm going to cut out the sleeves and see if I can get it finished this afternoon... other than the buttons that is. I'll need a car to go get those. I'd love to see a picture of your jacket when it's finished.

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