Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Make It Perfect jacket

After seeing the giveaway (and not winning it) I went out and bought the pattern. I was not disapointed.. My only [roblem was.. what fabric to use! I wanted to use something inspiring yet also didnt have any money to splerge with.

Anway, after a few painful weeks of deliberating I bought some Sandi Henderson Boquet flowers in green, and planned on doing a denim outer. But I could not find the denim that I wanted. It was always too blue, too thick, not thick enough etc...

So I decided to go back to square 1! Peta made one out of cord and minky and it looked so snug and warm. So after consulting my adviser (aka Pobie my sister) decided to use plain cord and white minky

Please fogive me for the photo, but we are still cameraless.

So I stayed up till 2am last night sewing this little beauty up.It took me in total about 6hours which sounds like a lot, but its not when considering its a fully lined and has another layer to it. so there are 3 jackets to cut out and construct. Also in my 'brilliance' I used bamboo wadding instead of pellon- as my ornigonal idea was to make it totally out of natural fibres.

I have decided a few things... probably wont use bamboo wadding next time, as well as taking more time with the minky. It was very thick to sew through all the layers, and the instructions say to top stitch down the hood, but sewing through 4 layers of bamboo+ 4 layers of cord + 4 layers of minky I was not even going to try and attempt it!

Also it advises to use a 30mm button, my machines button holes dont go that large :(

Also anyone who is thinking of making this, the hood is sewn on first and then the jacket lining. I think that is one part that makes it easier. Also it suggests to sew around the whole jacket then turn the right way through the sleeves, well when you use bamboo wadding it doesn't fit!

Anyway, I am very happy with my attempt and am very glad with my choice of fabrics, its super warm and the minky gives it the snuggle effect!


Kylie said...

That looks so cute - I have hummed and arred over this pattern as Amelia already has a jacket and this will be our last winter - but might make her one for preschool! would also make a good rain jacket pattern!

Karen said...

This is really sweet Carolyn and would work for spring/autumn in cottons too I guess.
Yours looks nice and snuggly though.

Becky said...

I was thinking about this pattern as well, and think you may have talked me into it... It looks great!

Little Munchkins said...

Looks warm and snuggly - perfect for the Melbourne weather right now.

cherri said...

It looks great Carolyn - Thanks for the tips!