“Whether or not God has kissed your brow, you still have to work. Without learning and preparation, you won’t know how to harness the power of that kiss.”

Twyla Tharp

Monday, January 3, 2011

Katherine Tilton Jacket

Despite the difficult start, my jacket is finished. And, I was wrong about cutting the turquoise facing incorrectly as you can see! I'm fairly happy with it. I made the size 8 based on the ease despite the fact that I would normally wear a larger size. I'm only 5'3" and I did not take any length off, yet I wouldn't mind if it were a bit longer. I did take just an inch off the sleeve length.

It has an asymetrical shape with the right side crossing up higher than the left, and the back dips down a bit. It also has a funnel collar which I really like. Katharine Tilton shows this as both a solid color jacket and a silk-screened version. I would like to try the silk-screening at some point. I've not done it before but I think it would be interesting. What I did do to spice it up was face it with the turquoise dupioni. In addition to the front, I also faced the sleeves, rather than turning up the hem. The pattern calls for serging the seams, but I did french seams on the shoulders and side seams and I did a Hong Kong finish with the turquoise on the sleeve.

Lastly for the buttons, I took a black dupioni and the turquoise dupioni. I cut the turquoise into an interesting design, laid it on the black and did an applique stitch to attach it. I then made 3 covered buttons out of it to unify the black and turquoise in the jacket. Apologies for the fuzzy pics. I didn't do buttonholes, because I don't think I will like all 3 buttoned so I think I will do a simple black snap toward the bottom. I like it -- but it still seems as if it needs something to make it pop.

Easy project -- lots of room to experiment.