Saturday, January 11, 2014


Well, the red nightmare jacket is finished.  It's OK, but only OK.  I don't love it and I'm not sure why.  It gave me a lot of trouble.  Although I've done a fair amount of garment-making over the years and there was a period many years ago where I made almost all my clothes, I still need a pattern.  All I wanted was a simple jacket with no front fastening and a stand collar.  I went through every pattern book there is and couldn't find what I wanted.  So I combined two patterns I had used before and that was where the problem started. I ended up with a mandarin collar instead of a stand collar, for one thing.

I do like the fabric and all my French knots and I will wear it at some time, but it is kind of dressy.


Here is a jacket I made several years ago using a Lorraine Torrence pattern and Cherrywood fabric.  Her patterns are rather complicated, but if you follow her directions to the T, they work.  I even like the way it fits. I know it looks very boxy here, but it does look nice on. I had those leaf buttons in my button stash and found them after I decided to do the leaf motif on the free motion quilting.

And here is the back.

I did some free motion quilting on the panels using heavy Jeans Stitch thread.

Here is another Lorraine Torrence pattern and again I used Cherrywood fabrics.  It was another tricky pattern, but I loved the way it came out.  I found those hand (and one foot) buttons at Houston and dyed them to go with the fabric.

                                                       And the back of the vest.

I still have to hem the sleeves of the red jacket, but other than that I AM DONE and don't think I'll be doing any garment sewing for while.  Tomorrow after Church I plan to spend the day playing with the Gelli plate I bought In Houston and haven't even opened yet.  Hopefully I'll have something to show when I'm done.

I'm linking up to Off the Wall Friday.  Hop on over and see what others are doing.


Margaret said...

It is indeed a lovely jacket, and will look great with slim black pants...and perhaps a camsole underneath? You're right; it's rather dressy...but if you have the occasions to which you can wear it, no doubt it will bring you many compliments.

Linda M said...

The jacket looks great. I also made almost all my clothes in the past and now I can't remember the last thing I made.

Maria Shell said...

Great collection of jackets! I love the leaf one with the curves. All the details work so nicely together.

Sarah said...

It's lovely and it's an original. A trip to the theatre would be a nice outing for it!