Thursday, October 04, 2007

Green Wool Suit

green wool suit
I finally put away some patterns I had scattered all over my sewing room and found the jacket and skirt patterns I want to use for the green wool. I ironed the paper pieces and organized them and then I looked at the fabric, which I had laid out on my cutting table, folded in half lengthwise. I knew then I should cut out each piece in a single layer, not two pieces at a time as it would be if the fabric were folded in half. So I unfolded the fabric and staked it down with 48 oz. cans to prevent it from sliding off the table.
green wool suit
I was going to write about how much extra work it was, to cut out each piece twice, but as I cut, I realized that it was just a bit of extra time and not extra work, really. As I cut each piece, I realized how nice and precise it felt, to only cut one layer at a time. I knew that each piece lined up exactly with the stripes in the fabric, and that the under piece (because there wasn't one) wouldn't be slightly skewed. I also knew that each piece would be flaw-free.
green wool suit
There were several flaws in the fabric, which I noticed and marked with contrasting thread as I ironed the fabric originally. Now that I'm cutting out each piece, one at a time, I can position the pattern piece carefully to avoid the flaws. It's actually less stressful to do it this way, than to cut two pieces out at once, on folded fabric. And easier on the hand too, because you are only cutting one layer of fabric. Which is not to say that I won't ever cut two layers at a time, ever again. But I am not minding this step at all, this time.
green wool suit
I know I've posted this jacket before, but it was easier to take a new photo, rather than find the old one. This is the McCall's 3796 pattern made in a raw silk. I won't be doing piping with the green wool but everything else will be the same.
green wool suit
For fun, I draped the front jacket pieces on the dummy, over the silk jacket, just to see how they will hang. I am quite happy with the fabric so far.


Adrienne said...

I love that fabric!

JuliaR said...

Thanks Adrienne! I am hoping it will end up as nicely as it has started.

julia said...

Julia, it's as if you're savoring the process - checking the quality, taking your time. I think that care, in the end, always shows in your work and it's a great lesson for those of us who try to hurry the process. Thanks for the insight, looking forward to watch the project evolve.

Romina said...

I'm glad you are back again!

JuliaR said...

Thanks Romina!

And I think you are right julia, I was taking my time with the cutting, and enjoying it. Right now the sewing I am doing is just ordinary but when I get to something more complicated, like putting in the sleeves, I'll slow down again.

Steph said...

Looks like nice fabric!

JuliaR said...

Thanks Steph, it continues to sew very nicely.