2013 ESSENTIAL TOPS SEW-A-LONG FINISHED PROJECTS

January 13, 2014

BOUND AND DETERMINED...

...an old familiar feeling rose up within me again ya'll.  You know, the one that makes me feel like I'm invincible and can do no wrong in the sewing room; that really great designs buried deep inside are about to come forth, and therefore I can make any old DARNED thing I want to.  Talk about excitement!  Now, don't get it twisted, I'm smart enough not to FULLY trust all of my sewing emotions.  That's one of the reasons I keep this lil old jar full of seam rippers close at hand.

They come in handy when things happen that bring me back to reality.  I have to admit though, I do love those rare occasions when delusions of sewing granular pop up.

Now back to the jacket...
After days of fearful procrastination (because it's been several years since making bound buttonholes) , I took a couple of evenings to practice making them.  First on cotton scraps, and then on scraps from my jacket fabric.  Thankfully Pauline Alice (creator of the pattern) had the forethought to put up a helpful bound buttonhole tutorial that was clear, understandable, and actually easier than the ones that I had made before from what I remember.

Not a great picture, the top lip is there.

 So now not only are the buttonholes done, but also the welt pockets (also compliments of another one of Pauline's tutorials) back and front facings, collar and the side seams are too.

Black wool blend, so not much to see.

 Tonight I'll start inserting the sleeves.  Keep your fingers crossed, if all goes well all I'll have left will be the decorative back tab, lining and hems.  It shouldn't take long, but of course I tend to sew faster in my head than I do in actuality...

 

23 comments:

  1. Your almost there! Your determination had paid off. I have fingers crossed for a smooth ride with those sleeves

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    1. Yep, I'm almost there. Thanks Rhonda!

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  2. Lookin' good, Faye. I chickened out on doing welt pockets on my current jacket. As Rhonda said, your determination with the bound buttonhole paid off.

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    1. I know what you mean about chickening out L. I had a real battle with myself about whether or not to do the bound buttonholes and the welt pocket. They turned out so well that now I'm really glad that I did.

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  3. It does look good. I also sew faster in my head than in real life!

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    1. Thanks Kyle. Yep, I'm a real road runner in my head!

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  4. You are getting there. A bound buttonholes, they just are so intimidating but worth the extra effort. Can't wait to see it.

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    1. I agree Lori, they are intimidating. Guess I need to make more of them until the fear disapears completely.

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  5. Oh Faye, I can feel your excitement! I think bound buttonholes always seem harder than they are And don't we all sew faster in our heads than at our sewing machines?

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    1. It's cutting into that fabric that makes them so scary, but I'm glad that I took the plunge.

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  6. Great job. Love the buttonholes.

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  7. Crossing my fingers, pins and needles for you Faye and I'm sure your jacket is going to come together beautifully just like it is in your mind. You go girl... sew your little heart out :)

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    1. Thanks Chris. That's what I'm doing, sewing my little heart out. I do need to take a few hours off though and house clean my little heart out (lol).

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  8. Looking good Faye! I haven't made bound buttonholes in years. Your look fabulous. Can't wait to see the finished jacket.

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  9. So far looks great....you can do it!

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    1. I need that vote of confidence - thanks a bunch!

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  10. You can do it Faye! Thanks for posting the links to these awesome tutorials!

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    1. Thanks Candice. I thought the tutorials were really helpful!

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  11. It takes a bit of bravery to take on welt pockets and Bbuttonholes and it looks like you have it down! This will be wonderful and I'm off to check out those links.

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    1. Thank you Bunny! The tutorials really helped me.

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  12. Halfway there! I look forward to seeing your completed product. :)

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