Do you ever abandon a project entirely? This one was so close.
Here’s my (only just) wearable muslin for the Claire Shaeffer jacket (Vogue 8991). It has so many problems……it was so close to the bin. Hopefully it means the problems will be done and dusted before I embark on the fabric I bought in Italy. I really like the pattern but I definitely need greater skills before I make it up in my French pink and green tweed.
In true sewing blogger form, I’ll point out all the faults that (maybe) the non-sewers of the world won’t notice or at least not from a distance.
First the pattern matching at the back. This should have been easy, but somehow with the very wide seam allowance I gave myself due to the shedding fabric, it was a fail. At least the pattern placement at the front was ok, no decapitated fauns there, always a good thing.
Then there’s the front – it doesn’t have the nice squared off profile that it should have. This was because I didn’t alter the front pieces properly at the muslin stage.
The button holes – aaah the button holes, that’s when the jacket came close to the bin. I didn’t follow the instructions and make thread ones on the fashion fabric and bound on the lining, because I didn’t know what thread button holes. I tried bound button holes in the fashion (tweed-like) fabric, and I left them till the end — don’t try this at home. From there is was all down hill. I ended up with bound on the fabric side, machine on the facing side, then because they looked so ghastly, hand-sewn in embroidery thread. Is this what is meant by thread button holes?
The parts I am happy with: the sleeve vents. I was dreading doing these, they looked complicated but were actually simple.
The braid, as with the vents, looked trickier than it was.
My sewing tips, or what I learnt from this project.
Quilting can be functional. I thought this would be scary, but it makes handling the delicate fabric easier. I went a bit over the top with the quilting. Above and beyond the pattern directions.
Overlock loose weave fabric before sewing. Although totally enclosed in the lining, I found overlocking/serging all the raw edges of the fashion fabric, at the start, prevented (some) shedding.
Make a muslin. Heard this one before? so had I and mostly ignored it. Before my next jacket or coat I’ll make a muslin till I’m happy with the fit. No more strangely shaped front pieces.
Hand sewing is relaxing with beautiful needles. I really enjoyed the hand sewing, especially since I’ve found these lovely French Bohin needles.
Practice making button holes. Again, another that I’ve heard so many times before. Note to self…find out what thread button holes are and practice.
Pattern: Vogue 8991 – Claire Shaeffer jacket
Notions: silk thread for quilting, braid and buttons.
Lunch: Brindabella Hills
Do you have disasters that narrowly escape the bin? do tell…