Imagination and Reality

I finally managed to finish a jacket with fabric that turned out to have lots of issues. I posted a pic on instagram of several holes, which I noticed just as I was laying out pattern pieces. I discovered I could lay out the pieces so as to avoid the holes if I turned the sleeve pieces sideways. After I’d cut them out, I realized there were yet other other problems. There were “not-quite-holes” that showed only when I held the fabric up to the light, and broken threads on the right side of the fabric.

I almost gave up and tossed the fabric. It’s a beautiful wool, probably with some silk in it, with a lovely sheen. I bought it for all of $6 at Our Social Fabric. But I’d been imagining a jacket made from it for six months and even made a wearable toile out of the pattern (see my previous post). And more than that, I’d been imaginingg a whole outfit, involving t-shirts and pants from a matching fabric. Aargh.

What the heck is this?

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That’s damage I couldn’t eliminate — thankfully it’s on the facing, rather than the outside. I used a tapestry needle to pull other broken threads to the wrong side, and then ironed on little bits of feather-weight fusible interfacing to hold them in place. I did the same with the “not-quite-holes”, hoping to prevent further damage.

Here’s the finished jacket. You’d have to look hard to find any remaining fabric problems.

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Like the scarf? It’s a little piece of silk chiffon I was going to serge a rolled hem on but haven’t yet done. If I’d finished this in January, it was meant to go to jungle january πŸ™‚ I doubt I’ll ever have any other jungle prints in my wardrobe.

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I was confident cutting out a size 14 after I’d made the purple short version, but discovered, after I’d sewn in the pockets, that it was too tight in the hips, right at pocket level. More growls. Grrrrr. I had to take out the pockets, reduce my seam allowances on all the vertical seams starting just below the bust. Thankfully that was enough.

There was a lot of ease in the sleeve heads and I had to remove both sleeves once and redo them to eliminate puckers. I had two lines of gathering stitches in the purple version, and only one line in this one. I think I should have used two lines, as I managed more successfully with the purple. I may need to try steaming with a ham for these.

I lined it with some silk from my stash, and applied some copper snaps. I love snaps! Have I said that before? I wish manufacturers would make nicer ones. So far the only decent ones I’ve found have been these copper ones, in two sizes.

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Now, here’s a mock-up of what the whole outfit was supposed to be.

 

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The pink t-shirt is from fabric from Our Social Fabric again. Looking at the t-shirt/jacket combo, I’m pretty sure I’ll never wear them together. The striped fabric is a gorgeous lightweight wool, from the same source. As it turns out it’s fairly transparent, which means I’ll have to line it if I make the pants I’d been intending to make. I don’t really like to make lined clothes much. Lining adds formality as well as bulk, and as anyone who reads this blog probably knows, I like a pretty darned non-formal, if not bohemian, look. I’m kind of regretting having interfaced the fronts of this one for that same reason.

I think the fabric would make a great second folded tube skirt, like the grey one I made a little while ago. Or maybe even a dress, like the Keilo dress, which I like. Anyway, I’ve decided to put the fabric away for now and make some other things. Suggestions for what to do with the fabric are welcome.

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This is the pattern line drawing. I had originally also planned to make it two-tone, using either some cream or brown wool I have in my stash. But then I thought that would be a waste of fabric as then there would be leftovers from two pieces, neither big enough to do anything with.

I envisioned so many things with this fabric! And my imagination got untethered from reality I’m afraid. Does that ever happen to you?

 

 

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12 thoughts on “Imagination and Reality”

  1. Lovely jacket and good for you for finding the problems and then handling them so neatly. Sorry, but have nary a suggestion for the sheer fabric. Yes! Imagination frequently gets uncoupled from reality around here! . . 😳

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  2. Pink like this is very nice on you, I am surprised…so different then the stronger colors you also suit!

    The sheer pink is also lovely but don’t think the two are good together?

    ceci

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    1. Whether those two fabrics will work together is now also subject to question. They are the same shade of pink, but one is a bit lighter. The fact that it’s sheer affects the perception of its colour. It will work with the correct colour of lining, I should think.

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  3. A great coat! None of the fabric issues are visible. Don’t worry about them.
    The stripe pink fabric would make a terrific dress, lined of course; same length as the coat; a wrap kind of dress; pretty sleaves.

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  4. A shift dress that uses the stripes in the pink wool would suit your aesthetic – think Merchant and Mills. And line it! It makes dressing so much easier, or else make a pretty slip to wear under it. Lovely coat – well done.

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    1. I fear there’s nothing I could make with this fabric that wouldn’t require lining. I will check out Merchant and Mills catalogues, as well as others before cutting into this. So it will sit for a while. But hey it hasn’t had a chance to get comfortable in my stash yet anyway πŸ™‚

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  5. Love this coat! It’s a bit mysterious why there aren’t more “fancy” snaps available isn’t it. I think the striped pink is just lovely and would (I think) go well with the coat? Maybe it will blend, rather than match. Can’t wait to see what you come up with.

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    1. I’ve seen some new designs for sew-on snaps. I think they’re for cardigans. But I’m a little perplexed by them because you still see the thread on the right side of the garment and who wants that?

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