Saturday, July 28, 2012

Sticthing Away -- Are we there yet?

Dear Readers,

The Tailored Jacket journey is never ending one... This jacket is truly testing me in many different ways as I started losing sleep because of it (literally). I am tackling each challenge as it comes. I know you may think this is rather silly but this jacket is almost like spiritual awakening to me. I am getting to know myself more and more with each stage of the construction.
This is what I can update on so far.

The Collar 

This  stage of construction went well or relativistically well. As you can see this method of collar construction involves working with the fully finalised collar where you sandwich the collar in and  stitch each side individually to upper/back and facing/upper collar. I have to admit it does require a lot of precision(provided you are after nice professional finish).

Picture 1. Back and Collar ready to be joined to Facing

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Tailored Jacket Update - Buttonholes and Sleeves

Dear Friends,

 Another day & another stitch on my tailored jacket. The most exciting part at this stage is that it has finally started looking like a jacket. The peak of  my excitement is the fact this is my first jacket that I have drafted and attempting to sew hence you can imagine my anticipation. Learn as you go!!!.

This is also  first project where I am  practicing number of new skills such the double welt pocket(which you would  have seen in my previous post), collar, sleeve button hole and lining.

Nevertheless it has been success so least that is what I think hehe...Ok, let me update you on my progress so far..

Sleeve Buttonholes

Sleeve Buttonholes after pressing

Saturday, July 21, 2012


Dear Readers,

This has been rather a busy week  but I am glad to report that jacket is finally coming together. I was able to fix all my little errors with mitered corners  and join the vertical seams that essentially make a jacket.
Finally Vertical seams joined...

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Tailored Jacket - lapels/vents and small bits and pieces

Jacket Journey continues....

The Lapels

The lapels have been set and now resting overnight in order to be shaped . There was fair bit of hand stitching involved and like anything else this was  my first time attempt ever.  Nonetheless it was fun.

1 cm stay tape catchsticthed to fusible interface(woven)

Monday, July 16, 2012

WELT POCKETS - NOT an easy task

Dear Friends,

I am having a welt of a day today with the welt pockets(so to speak). Today was a first time  I worked on the welt pockets and let me tell you it wasn't as easy as they make it look in the books. As they say, it is easier written than done....

Friday, July 13, 2012

Tailored Jacket coming together

Dear Friends,

I am pleased to advise that my tailored jacket is coming together nicely. For some reason I am taking time with putting it together as I truly want to enjoy every stage of the jacket construction. I don't necessarily want to rush the overall process. In my opinion, the journey is more important then the actual destination or in this instance the final jacket.

Resting on my guest bed...

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Please Check this Bargain - Free Sewing Machine

Dear Readers,

Today we will not discuss the tailored jacked I am currently working on but the street dump/bargain I was able to come across and collect.  That is Janome Sewing Machine with all of the accessories/box including  the instruction manual and warranty. Can you believe my luck? I am sooo grateful for this gift...Thank You Universe!!!!

Monday, July 9, 2012

Tailored Jacket Progress Update - Slow but Steady

Dear Friends,

Today I  have managed to dedicate some of my precious time on sewing/jacket construction. To tell the truth I was aiming to finish more but had to go with Archie and Rob to visit our dog minder to see if Archi (our Boxer dog)will get along with another dog when we go overseas in August. That visit went well but my jacket pieces are still sitting on the table and waiting to be put together....I feel as if it is begging me to put it together...well I say slowly but steadily we will  get there :)

Ok, so far I was able to sew the vents on sleeves or more like under sleeve piece(there is still upper Sleeve). The under collar has been joined to the upper collar and in my opinion it looks can be the judge...

The under sleeve vents and joined collar

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Tailored Jacket - Progress Update

Dear Readers

Another day and another stitch on my tailored jacket. I am pleased to advise that jacket is coming along nicely and I have done fair bit of work on basting/interfacing and overall marking and preparation before I start sewing.