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A Fine Line-ing

28 Feb

When we last left off I was panicking because the front of the jacket didn’t fit right.  My initial reaction was to whine about it and say “dammit, something always goes wrong!”  What I should have done before that was look in my stack of fabric because it turns out I just forgot to add the front left part of the jacket.  Silly.  In a random stroke of good luck, I could actually add this piece many steps later without taking apart the coat.  PHEW!

Once that was fixed it was on to the lining.  I started by attaching the lining to the front closure parts of the jacket, where the buttons will go.  The white part on the fabric is the interfacing which will keep the fabric stiff since we don’t want it to droop with the weight of the buttons now, do we? Drooping fabric is so not in this season.

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Let’s take a second to look at something not so cool, stains.
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While I was ironing the lining, the iron leaked water onto the fabric.  I thought nothing of it because this has happen a million times before and the fabric always dries with no harm done.  Not this time.  A big honking stain, that goes through to both sides of the fabric so there’s no hiding that bad boy.  At least it’s on the inside of the jacket, right?

Next step was to sew the rest of the lining together so it mimics the outside of the jacket.  Sew the two back pieces together then sew those back pieces to the front.  Here’s how it looks put together, like it’s own little jacket.

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Since I focused more on getting the plaids to match, rather that matching the raw edges, I had a bunch of trimming to do to even things out.  This hopefully shouldn’t make much of a difference except maybe the sleeves or hem are a little shorter…I think?

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The fun part comes now!  Pin the lining to the outside of the coat, right sides together, making sure to keep the collar free, and stitch away!  By keeping the right sides together the seam will be hidden, so that once you flip it right-side out, it will look all snazzy and professional.  Wanna see?

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Cool right?!

To summarize the next few steps: A whole crap-load of hand-stitching.  To the couch I go with my needle and thread…

4 P’s

28 Jan

P #1 – Pockets

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It could have been that I got a little overzealous with my pocket skills.  It could have been the drinks I was having while sewing.  It could have been that I was watching Downton Abbey at the same time.  Whatever excuse I choose to use this time, the simple answer is I that simply wasn’t paying enough attention and put one of the pockets on backwards.  Whoops!

This lead me to discover the answer to a problem I had in the last post – the thread being so damn hard to remove.  Turns out it wasn’t my eyesight failing me, but rather that the fabric frays like crazy!!  The minute I try to remove a stitch the fabric starts ripping.  Eeek…

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I worked VERY carefully and slowly – paying close attention – and got the stitches out without too much damage.  I moved the seam in about an 1/8″ when re-sewing just to be safe, which seems to have solved any problems my seam ripper may have caused.

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P #2 – Putting it together

Finally we’re to the point where it will start looking like a jacket.  Stitch front to back at sides and shoulders.

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P #3 – Plaid matching

Here’s the moment of truth…how good did I do with the plaid matching?

Not bad!
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Ohhh, matching on diagonals, cool!
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Notice how the sleeve is very uneven at the bottom?  Right now I’m more concerned with getting the plaids to match, rather than length, so I will even everything out once I get to the finishing touches.

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Hmmmm….now that doesn’t look right?!?  P #4 – Panic.

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