Sunday, February 10, 2008

It's Alive !

My jacket is finished.You can now call me "Dr.Frankenstein",because this experiment,turned out to be a monster. I spent my entire Saturday, sewing this beast and watching Project Runway-Canada. Every step of the way,I wondered why I just didn't give up and throw it in the trash. I spent a lot of time ripping out seams and cursing one of my sewing heroines,Sandra Betzina. I still like her but,what was she thinking with this construction method? The pattern cover shows the jacket in denim and she has the bottom facing applied after the top part is topstitched,lined and put together.I know this may not sound bad but let me make it clear...I was topstitching thru five layers of denim weight fabric! Two folded edges of facing and the top portion plus lining and interfacings. I was using a size sixteen needle and topstitching thread. Threads were popping and I broke two needles. I went to bed totally fustrated at 1 am. with the partially sewn bottom facing and jacket crumpled in a heap on the floor.
This afternoon after I returned from church,all refreshed,I returned to my sewing room and my monster.To solve the breaking needles and threads problem,I steamed and pounded every seam and fold. I placed the topstitching thread in the bobbin instead of on top and regular thread on top.
The pattern has a strange curving of the sleeves near the inside wrist. It is hidden by the pose of the cover model. I made a poor fabric choice and the jacket is too short and boxy for my rounded figure. I have learned from my mistake so all is not lost.
So with out any further whinning,I present....my Monster.
Here is a close up of the sleeve detail.

Now,I need and easy project and some chocolate to heal my sewing ego. LOL

6 comments:

Erica B. said...

That jacket looks fantastic. Is that denim? It look like leather in the picture. I love the details on this... I'm working on the jeans right now and still deciding on the jacket.

Faye Lewis said...

I love your pose and your jacket! I think it looks great!, and I still love your sense of adventure. I know exactly what you mean about guide sheet instructions - they sometimes make me want to pull my hair out!

artist1lisa said...

Thank you,Erica and Faye.
The jacket is made from a fabric from the home decor section of Hancock Fabrics.It is suede-like with the aged leather look.Totally faux.

Carolyn (cmarie12) said...

Okay - you may have had a monsterous time making this jacket but it looks awfully d*mn good! *LOL* Congratulations on prevailing and I hope the chocolate eased some of the pain!

alethia said...

The jacket looks beautiful

Anonymous said...

I am going to be straight here, I don't like Sandra Betzina's anything....she can't design and she cannot sew (putting out a book with sewing methods which can be had in Readers'Digest for $2.00 Ebay) but she can market herself very well, so if you are in need of marketing skills that is what you can learn from her....NOT sewing, there are other greater books just not marketed with frou frou...ummmpf! So there...