At the beginning of the "Fearless February Sewalong",I'd decided to tackle an embellishment project. I wanted to makeover a Chanel type jacket,that I'd made a couple of years ago,into something a bit more embellished. Initially it was too long and bland. I hated it and shoved it to the back of the closets,( I couldn't throw it away because ,a ton of work went into it).
I restyled it by cutting off some of the length and making a new bottom band with the remaining fabric and lining fabric. My daughter is not available to take pictures of me wearing the jackets,so Claire will model them today.
I used this pattern, Vogue 7975. Originally I did view E but now the length is more like view B.
The next big fear I had was making welt pockets. I would substitute patch pockets or just a flap that looked like a pocket.
I used the great instructions from the DVD, Jackets For Real People by Palmer/Pletsch. I followed along step by step. For once I didn't just skim over or skip steps,and it really paid off. Here is the welt pocket.
Here is the finished pocket
Here is the finished coat
The welt pocket requires accurate marking,and there a quite a few steps,but I think they look nice. It is nice to not be intimidated by the technique anymore.
I have enjoyed the Fearless February Sewalong,hosted by the ever motivating Victoria. Thank you Victoria. Though February will be gone in a few hours, I will continue to be fearless in sewing. I have learned to:
- Slow it down. There is no race.
- Follow all the steps until I know the technique.
- Practice on scrap.
- If I don't do it right the first time, I can do it again later( but don't wait a year).
- Have confidence. I repeated,"I can do this" through every step of every project this month.