Saturday, 13 July 2013

Chop'n-N-Change'n...


... my mind, that is! At the end of my last post, prior to heading back to the dreaded time-waster of work, I had plans of making up Vogue 8721 view D. Well those plans eventuated and the little jacket is nearly completed...
Half-finished front

It is looking great, and fitting well so far. The three quarter length sleeves went in a like a breeze, and just need a decent press to set them.

Inside front lining

The lining was the closest I had stashed away, but even though it isn't a perfect match to the purple in the main fabric I think it will do - well, it will have to now! You can see the interesting main fabric in this view, how the purple has a black thread running through it. Such beautiful linen-y fabric.

The unfinished bit!

So all that is left is attaching the two different sized bottom bands. At the moment it looks like a bolero type jacket - for me it definitely needs the bands for length. So what is the problem with finishing it off - a mere 1/2 hour of work left (the bands are made) - well, I found another jacket I want to make, in the same fabric. Enter dress-maker-model wearing unfinished Butterick 5617 ...
Front of Butterick 5617
Again, the same fabric, but in a different colour way. This is a boxier jacket, but I have nipped the side seams in just a tad for shaping. I have also changed the top of the front band from being straight across to being on an angle - it felt a little to throat-cutting for my liking.

Inside finishing

Instead of lining this one, I have just made my own bias binding and used it over the seam edges. It really is a fray-e type fabric and deserves to be finished off neatly. 

Sleeve view
The back and the sleeve are fitting perfectly at this stage. But as with the first jacket, it isn't hemmed yet! What is it with avoiding the hemming I wonder? For this one all I am planning on is adding binding to the hem and turning it under - not rocket science! Maybe tonight I might see to hemming one or both of them. Then just the decision about what button/s to use. The purple jacket luckily doesn't require any buttons - easy decision there! But the fawn jacket needs buttons so to the shops I will have to go...hopefully finished pictures by the end of this week. 










24 comments:

  1. Both look lovely so far and the purple fabric is just gorgeous!

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  2. Judith--they are both gorgeous. I love the purple fabric and I also love how you altered the neckline on the beige jacket.

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  3. They look spendid. Love the spotted bias. Gorgeous.

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  4. Both jacket are gorgeous Judith, lovely colours and finishing.

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  5. Both great jackets Judith, and beautifully made :)
    PS - I don't like hemming either!

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  6. I really admire your sewing skills, Judith, and these tailored jackets are just Perfect! I love the spot bias, and what a great idea to finish it off so nicely. I'm sure you'll get those hems done one by one as you wish to wear the jackets.

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  7. These jackets are so lovely Judith - and it's nice to see them made up, because I also have them - and haven't yet made them up. So I have to say you have fantastic taste:)

    Sometimes with sewing I am sure we just like doing certain jobs - I avoid starting things, never have a problem finishing. You seem to be better at starting jobs than me:)

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  8. Nice jackets. I sometimes get to the end of the project and then come up with other things to do and finally go back and finish the project. It is usually the hemming part that slows me down.

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  9. Both jackets are lovely. Do love the purple colour of the first one. Looking forward to seeing both of them finished.

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  10. Your work looks so professional. Love the bias binding hongkong seaming.

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  11. They are both looking lovely. I particularly like the purple one.

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  12. Love both your jackets.. So well done.. Happy sewing.

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  13. Great job on the jackets, love the purple.

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  14. Two beautiful jackets, Judith!

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  15. Your sleeve caps and bias binding are amazing!!

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  16. Two beautifully made jackets but my favourite is the purple one.

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  17. Both sharp-looking jackets - and with such neat insides!

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  18. Both jackets are beautiful, and I'm leaning more towards the grey one. It has interesting pockets. And wow, your sewing is impeccable! Love that polka dot binding on the inside. None of my store bought jackets has such lovely insides :)

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  19. So lovely. Beautiful fabric. I sometimes have a hard time finishing off that last step in a garment too.

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  20. Both jackets are beautifully made. I'm not sure what you mean about the lining not being a perfect match in the purple jacket - it looks really good from here! :)

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  21. I'm a bit crazy but I kinda like it when the lining doesn't match exactly. Love the purple. Your skills are so impressive. Thank you so much for stopping by my blog.
    Connie*

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  22. Hi there - I’ve awarded you the ‘Super Sweet Award’ – hope this is ok – you can find out all about it in the 6 August post on my blog.

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  23. These jackets both look so smart and beautifully tailored :)

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  24. Impressive jackets and I look forward to seeing them hemmed, this is a problem I also encounter.

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