Saturday, September 12, 2009

It's a Jacket!!!




You might be thinking I'm crazy, but this project has finally taken shape! It's hard for me to believe that is was just 2 weeks ago that I was in NY starting this project, it feels like I've been stressing over this project for at least a month! This week I had enough time to get the lining hand-stitched closed (including the sleeves), and today I was able to attach the sleeves and close up the lining there, too. Although it was incredibly frustrating, and painstakingly slow, I did it the way Susan told me to, and handstitched the sleeves on. I dragged my dressform from downstairs, and in my sunshiny kitchen I wrestled, trimmed, clipped, pinned, and sewed. The second sleeve went on much faster than the first, and I have to admit, with each completed step, I am more proud of myself and more confident of my sewing skills.


Here are pics of the back and the lining.
Next up is attaching the trim, then hemming all the open edges, by hand of course. Then I'll attach the 2 pockets and chain, and put this baby to bed! I'm really, really hoping it will be finished by September 26, when I go to the Novi Sewing Expo, so Kenneth can see my finished project in person! The next few weeks will be rather crazy though, between a family birthday, the sewing show, and having to also make a homecoming dress by October 3rd! Thankfully, the dress she has in mind is very, very similar to this Simplicity pattern (view C with 1 shoulder and floor length), and should be pretty straitforward to make! I'll post more about this dress later this week, but for now, I'm beat!

11 comments:

Sandra said...

WOW Kristine, your jacket is going to be fabulous! What a wonderful learning experience. I've been enjoying the journey with you, so thanks for all the posts on your blog and the Chanel sew-along. Love your choice of fabric too.

Shannon said...

Your jacket is coming along nicely!

gwensews said...

You'll never look at sewing quite the same way again, after this experience.

julia said...

Your jacket is beautiful!! I am so impressed.
That dress will be so pretty. I like simple lines in a formal gown.
You are a busy lady!

Dawn said...

That's one thing I got out of my couture class too. Hand sewing really isn't that bad. Your jacket is turning out beautifully. I am working on pants but I think my jacket is going to be the next one.

judy said...

Your jacket is coming along to be beautiful! After reading about all the work, I don't think I will be trying one anytime soon....especially because I detest hand sewing! Great job, I can't wait to see the final product!

Bunny said...

So close to being done! You will manage it all and beautifully too. Keep us posted of all the excitement at the fashion show.

Gail said...

I am so curious about how to go about quilting the lining. Do you just divide up the pattern into pieces. What is the purpose of quilting? BTW - the work is great too.

amber said...

It's looking so fabulous! You must be so proud of yourself. :)

Lindsay T said...

Loving it! You are getting there, take your time. What did you decide to do about fabric for the homecoming dress? Go get the Sept. issue of Town & Country magazine—worth owning for all the gown inspiration.

alethia said...

Your jacket is looking fabulous. I am anxiously waiting to see you sew the trims on the jacket. That is going to icing on the cake. You are almost there.