Friday, May 4, 2012

New Jacket In Progress

This is a jacket pattern I picked up at the Worcester Expo.  It's by Cynthia Guffey, and what you see here is a work in progress.  It still has a lower section that needs to be added.  Additionally, there is an inset band with slots that a fabric belt is worked through.  The instructions look complete, but intimidating, so as you can see, I chose to do this instead!

I've had the fabric for a long time and it seems to be a linen/cotton mix.  It is also a cross weave as it is predominantly light pink/mauve, but with taupe fibers in it.  Cynthia makes most of her jackets in hand woven raw silk and she interfaces each piece in addition to lining them.  I followed her example and am interfacing my pieces with wonderful Pro Sheer Elegance from Pam at Off The Cuff.  I'm going to hold off judgement until I'm finished, but I am thinking that I would like this better in a softer fabric -- maybe a boucle that will drape better.  I do like the way the pattern is drafted so that, even though it is a drop sleeve, there is a definitely a little bit of shaping built in at the shoulder so it falls nicely.

The pattern is a 'one size can be altered for most' and alteration lines are clearly marked.  Next time, I think that I may shorten the distance from the shoulder to the dropped shoulder seam by just a bit, but again I'll wait until it's all finished to see.  I'm top-stitching most seams as I go along in a light brown thread.  I'm putting two strands of thread through the needle and stitching at 4.0. 

I don't have a lot of free time this weekend and am trying to take this one slow, but I hope to finish it within the week.  By the way, the scarf is an unexpected match -- it's a piece of obi silk that I purchased on e-bay.  I have simply done a zig zag stitch on the grain and pulled fibers to create a short fringe.  Have a great weekend!


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