You know how sometimes you start to make something with one idea and during the creative process it morphs into something completely different? That is the fun part of sewing for me – when you start with the ‘what if?’ ideas in your head and then go with them to see where it takes you. This is what happened during the making of this jacket. I had some material leftover from making the skirt for my re-fashioned dress and decided to see if I could squeeze out a jacket/cardigan albeit with aforementioned moth hole! My intention was to make a plain black jacket and perhaps add some braid to ‘liven’ it up a bit.
As you may know I hate seams and raw edges etc to show on the inside of my garments and the jacket was really light and quite insubstantial so I decided to line it halfway through the sewing process which is when I had one of those ‘light bulb’ moments and decided to use the discarded skirt material from my refashioned dress. I didn’t have enough to do the sleeves but I could live with that. As I was putting in the lining I then saw that if I folded back the jacket front I had a nice contrast which then led me to add some contrasting cuffs in the same material and hey presto before you know it I had a matching jacket for my dress.
..and the inside
I have only photographed it on my dummy as I couldn’t bear the thought of another ‘modelling’ session – am I the only one who hates having her photo taken?
On another note while I was hand sewing my lining into place I had another thought which was that since doing the Couture Dress class with Susan Khalje through Craftsy I will take any opportunity to hand sew rather than use my machine. I love the control that hand sewing gives you and my favourite stitch of all is fell stitch. I can quite happily sit in my sewing ‘cave’ with Radio 4 on in the background fell stitching my way through the Archers and Gardeners Question Time – I am quite the expert now on the right soil conditions for your azaleas – shame I don’t have a garden to practice in!