Wednesday, May 09, 2007

Another jean jacket and some other things

This is a jacket that I have had on my mind for quite some time now. I have also had the twill fabrics sitting in my stash boxes for a while. In fact, it has been so long that I thought the green twill was much more like a Kelly green than the brighter, more acid green that emerged when I went digging. I am glad it's not as Kelly green as I had imagined. I like the brighter green with a touch more yellow than blue in it. But it does go nicely with the mid blue twill I got at a separate time.
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In this photo, I have also dug out of my boxes some rayon that I bought in three complimentary prints. I have already made a matching pants and big shirt in the large print and a dress with the medium print (using a little of the small print for contrast). I realized that it goes well with the plain blue twill so I unearthed it in anticipation for later.
jean jacket prep
In further anticipation of what is to come, I went to get matching thread (no photo - really!) and to see if there was some twill in a blue print. I found some! As far as the thread is concerned, I discovered only today that Fabricland is phasing OUT Mettler thread which was the only one that really matched the green. AND they only had one small spool of it. Argh. So I am going to have to be clever in my use of green thread. I say this because normally, a fully-flat-felled jean jacket uses up two 100m spools of thread. Anyway.
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Again with the Vogue 7610 pattern - I love this pattern and it SO works for me. But this time (drum roll please) I am going to make the undersides of the bands, pocket flaps, collar and tabs in a contrasting fabric. The green jacket will have little touches of the blue twill. And the blue jacket will have touches of the blue print twill. Oh hold me back, I'm so excited. :) Now, you'll hardly see them because they are just the undersides of things, but I'm telling you, it's pretty exciting.
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These are the pattern pieces that I will use in the contrast. However, the bands and the collar are both normally folded over to make the two sides so I am going to be adding a seam allowance so I can get the contrasting sides this time. I'm going to go ahead and cut two collar pieces too, because it is just easier than fiddling around trying to get only one layer for that piece. And what could I do with the other bit anyway, except save it to use for crafts? So I'll stash it away and one year, I'll make yet another jean jacket that will use the green as contrast. Or something.
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I have enough of the plain blue and the print blue twill to make summer skirts so I'm happy about that too. As far as which is the right and wrong side of twill, your guess is as good as mine. Of course, you can't tell from looking at this photo but I think the right side is on the right side of the photo. The "wrong" side looks very diagonal and the "right" side looks more like the weave is at right angles to itself. I am sure no one in the world but me will notice.


Carmen said...

Mmm! Yummy colours!

annette said...

I have made jean jackets with that pattern too!! I just love the fit and design. I am anxious to see the new version with the contrast. I will probably copy your idea!

JuliaR said...

Thanks Carmen! It will be even cuter in real life.

Annette, you are welcome to copy. I will be making a second jacket in this modification soon and so you will get two chances to see how it works. So far so good!