Wednesday, February 16, 2011
Since most of you know that this jacket will look differently for every person who makes it since there is no given pattern. That is the fun of making it. The one I have pictured here was made out of my "fabric collection" as I had to write the directions for everyone quickly and no time to go fabric shopping. Now that you have all of the directions for making this jacket, I shall start making one for myself that is totally different from the one pictured. Please try to follow the directions carefully, and yours will be yours only! Your own creation! You'll be so proud of it since YOU designed it! You'll find the complete directions: Part A is on Feb. 8th; Parts B & C are on Feb. 12th
Directions Part D & E: . Cut a 31/2" strip of focus fabric for the center of each sleeve and pin to the sleeve.
2. I chose to use only two fabrics other than the focus fabric on the sleeve. Decide which fabrics look nice with the fronts and back. Cut one piece for the left side of the focus fabric, and one piece for the right side. Pin pieces to the sleeve. 505 Spray Fixative may be used to hold all pieces to the sweat shirt until they are sewn down.
Part E. Preparing "Not Bias Tape" to cover all raw seams:
Cut 1 1/2" wide strips across the width of your darkest fabric. Once you have one strip cut, you'll need your 3/8" bias bar and a Zipper foot for your machine. Fold the right side of the fabric in half over the bias bar and pin horizontally in 3 places before starting to sew. Stitch as close as possible along the side of the bias bar. When you reach the end of the bias bar, push it through and repeat the process until you have stitched the entire strip.
With the bias bar still in the fabric fold, push the seam to the top of the bar and press with a hot dry iron. The bars are made to withstand heat. Keep pressing with the bar in the fold until you have finished the whole tube. Repeat with approximately 4 strips for the entire jacket. This process is shown on my blog www.funstitchery.com Stitch down each side of the tubing to complete the process. Once all of the tubing has been sewn into place, reassemble the jacket.
REASSEMBLING THE JACKET: Always use 1/2" seams. Sew shoulder seams together starting at neck edge. Press seams open. Pin sleeves into arm holes placing center point of sleeve at center of shoulder seam. Stitch sleeve into arm hole. Press seam toward neck edge.
Right sides together, starting at "cuff edge" of sleeve, stitch to underarm, turn, and stitch down side seam to the bottom. Press seams open. Repeat for the other sleeve.
Cut strips of darkest fabric 2 1/2" wide for binding. Fold in half and press with hot iron. Stitch binding around the entire jacket edge; flip to inside and hand sew the binding down. Bind edges of sleeve, also. Sew a decorative button to left front.
The use of the "tubing" as I call it since it is made using bias bars really makes the fabrics "pop." I had to come up with a pattern that anyone could use, whether they have a sewing machine or not. I have been making the tubing for ones in my "stitchery" group who have no machine nor any knowledge of one. I shall do the sewing for them on my machine so they'll have a completed jacket to wear! Thus, the pattern had to be one that called for VERY LITTLE SEWING!!!!!!!!!!! It's wonderful that we now have so many products to use that aid us in fabric construction.
Instead of Bon Appetite, I shall say, "Bon Sewing!"