Wow – thanks so much for the wonderful welcome back to the sewing blogosphere everyone! Because I had abandoned my blog I almost expected a negative reaction, but instead was overwhelmed by all your positive comments. It’s like being part of a great big sewing family!
Meanwhile, I’ll share some pics of that teal mohair jacket – yes, a finished project! I started this jacket in 2012, and once I had completed the buttonholes and collar it sat on the dress stand for ages gathering dust until I finally purchased some lining to finish it. And the lining sat on the ironing board for ages gathering dust until I cut it out. I can’t remember where that sat, but it probably gathered dust too until I got around to sewing it up, and then I decided to get all couture-y and do some fancy stitching on the lining. No wonder it took until 2015!
I am really happy with the collar – a typical 60’s ‘Jackie O’ style:
But to be honest I’m really not quite finished – because the fabric is so thick, the front neck edge really needs a small dome or hook on the corner, so of course all the photos I took tonight show it sticking out. Oh well, I can’t see it when I’m wearing it.
I used the same hair canvas on the collar as I did on the front edges/buttonholes it worked really well. On this super-thick fabric you should have seen the amount of cloth allowance I used for the collar. Here’s a pic showing part of the under collar, and a few of the zillion tiny prick stitches that I used to compress the seam allowances inside:
I also prick stitched the facing at the back neck (a bit blurry in this shot). Can you spot a couple of extra joining seams? There’s one on the CB top collar, and a nifty one hidden on the front facing. If you have a good memory, I cut this jacket out of an old coat, and had to make some modifications to squeeze everything out.
The buttons were dyed to match, and although they are man-made they are fairly good rendition of the traditional stitched leather button. I would have preferred a size up but they weren’t available. The lining is a plain black viscose, and I echoed the button decoration with some running stitches around the edge – you know, just to save getting up and ironing it…
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