Monday, March 06, 2006

Finished Jacket

I am really going to enjoy wearing this jacket when it gets warmer - like in a month (or two)! I decided on silver snaps because they would be less contrasty than the gold. In the few photos here, I am showing snap placement. The instructions on snap assembly come with the snap kits. You have to hammer a hole where each half of the snap will go and then hammer on the snap parts. There are 13 snaps so this means you have hammering 13 x 4 times - two each for the holes and two each for the halves of the snaps. That’s a lot of hammering.

The only tricky parts are the pockets because you have to put a small piece of wood into the pocket to hammer on the bottom half of the snap. Here is the pocket flap with the top half of the snap on it.
pocket flap
Now I have pressed the top part of the snap into the pocket to make a mark so I can determine where to put the bottom half of the snap.
pocket with snap placement
Next. you can see I have placed the bottom half of the snap and am about to hammer the pieces together.
pocket with snap
Finally, the finished jacket!
finished jacket

14 comments:

Anonymous said...

Julia, it is wonderful, absolutely perfect. I am glad you chose the silver snaps, because that is what I'd have chosen too.
When I start my jackets I'll send you some pics.

Your jacket is soooo exquisite!

JuliaR said...

Thanks Anon! Do I know you?

Anonymous said...

Julia, I saw this and thought of you, it is a neat way of applying the cuff, one I had never seen before. This is Kathleen Fasanella's blog and she is a professional patternmaker. You will love this ride...

http://www.fashion-incubator.com/mt/

She has lots of tutorials, enjoy.

JuliaR said...

Wow, Anon! I went to that site and haven't even looked at the cuffs yet, there is so much else there.

My goal here is just to make some clothes and have fun doing it and encourage others to do the same. I hardy ever even alter my patterns, much less make up new ones. But the more background knowledge I have, the better. Thanks for the recommendation.

Anonymous said...

Noooooh, I don't think you know me....I live in Europe, well Germany and my name is Heather. So, there you have it. I don't have a blog but hope to have one sometime soon.
I am kind of shy and 'private' so I tend to go Anon.
Now back to hiding.
Glad you enjoyed the site. She is a wealth of information for people who produce and for hobbyists like us.

JuliaR said...

Hey again Heather/Anon! I wondered if I knew you since you said you would send me some pix of your jackets. Sounds like something one of my sewing friends might say, although I don’t know any who are making jackets.

Germany - cool. Doesn’t the internet make the world so small? I lived in Belgium in the mid 70s and the second we can afford it, I’m taking my husband to Europe because he’s never been.

Sharon said...

What a beautiful jacket! I am a seamstress also, and am learning a lot from reading your blog. Thank you for your clear explanations!

JuliaR said...

Hey Sharon, I'm glad you like the blog. I saw you commented before under the Cuff section. I'm going to go back to the simple skirt next, if I can ever get finished marking papers.

Sandy said...

Great jacket! The silver snaps are just the perfect touch. You are right the gold would have been too contrasty. I've been into getting some jackets for layering lately, but haven't had the time to make any for myself. You do a great job explaining.

JuliaR said...

Thanks Sandy! "Layering" up here still means a winter coat and everything on top. You can't SEE the layers. But Spring is soon...

zoom! said...

Julia, it's fabulous!

JuliaR said...

Thanks Zoom! So on a warmer (than today) Spring day, when you see someone walking around wearing a white corduory jacket, you'll have to ask, "is that you?" Of course, if I am hauling around an unruly Golden Lab, you'll know it's me!

Miriam said...

i love the jacket! the snaps look great, and it's a really professional job. please post a pic of you wearing it?

JuliaR said...

Thanks Miriam! I usually look goofy in photos so I will have to wait until Peter takes one that looks normal. I could wear the jacket and the last skirt I made together, with a blue top and that would look nice! You'll have to become a "regular" and whenever I do get a nice pic, I'll post it and then you'll see the finished products. :)