Sunday, October 11, 2009

Jackets ...

The silk tweed jacket just goes on and on ... I've spent the entire afternoon putting these bound buttonholes in. This fabric is so unravelly (is that a word?) that it was near impossible to get these even. They're in, but they're not my best work. I had planned to finish the lining and put the collar on today, but after this mammoth effort, I'm beat. If I were to make this again in a boucle, I would use leather for the buttonholes. I had considered a triangle of leather at the top of the pleat on the back, but I forgot about it until after I had sewn the buttonholes - it would have worked well. Here's how it looks from the front so far and the next one is the back. For a jacket with a big fold and lots of fabric, it actually is quite fitted when worn. Hopefully I'll finish it tomorrow.


Next up is my Chanel Sew a long jacket. I'm considering this rough green wool.

It has flecks of yellow and blue and is quite a rough weave. It puts me in mind of army blankets, although the colour is much brighter. I am taken with the idea of such a coarse fabric sewn using couture techniques. I'll start hunting around for trim, but if anyone has a suggestion, I'd really like to hear it. I thought of using the selvege in some way, but it has a white chain stitch along it and it stands out a little too strongly. I have a green satin for lining, but I may change that if I find something more interesting. I've narrowed my pattern selection to these two. The Vogue on the right fits, but I will need to muslin the Simplicity on the left.

As always, I have so many plans and so little time ...

7 comments:

Shannon said...

I have a tip that may help: When I make bound buttonholes on a fabric that ravels easily, I interface the heck out of everything. Interface the jacket front where the buttonholes are to be placed - cut the interfacing on grain with the fabric. Also, block interface the fabric to be used for the buttonhole lips - then cut out strips for the lips on the bias. The interfacing holds all the ravelly fabric bits in submission and usually makes creating the buttonholes easier.

The jacket is really shaping up - can't wait to see the finished product.

Faye Lewis said...

Love your new jacket, and the bound buttonholes add to the couturishness (another made up word). Looking forward to watching your Chanel project too.

Kathi said...

Your Chanel sew along jacket is going to be very neat! I look forward to seeing it!
I am sure I would have become extremely frustrated with the buttonholes. I tend to get equally determined at the same time, though!

kbenco said...

Your silk jacket is looking really good, I hope the buttonholes can be wrestled into submission.
I vote for the Vogue pattern for jacket #2 - I am lazy, so the one that fits already would call to me, besides, it is so classic.

gwensews said...

Your silk jacket and dress are going to be awesome. I missed your last post, and have to say I love your shoes! Nice job on the husband's pool shirt also.

Gail said...

I love the back of that jacket - there is something very Jackie Kennedy about it. I struggle with bound buttonholes too. But I am determined to master them before winter coat making season. And I totally emphasise with having too little time to bring ideas to fruition.

Karin said...

What a lovely jacket. I can't wait to see it finished!