2013 ESSENTIAL TOPS SEW-A-LONG FINISHED PROJECTS

June 23, 2015

DIARY OF A WHINY TAILORIST...


...If I love making jackets and coats so much, why oh why do I whine through the entire process.  And you know that my poor Mother is the main recipient of all my whimpering.

  • who ever coined the phrase "Rippin Ain't Easy" did not lie.

  • I spent quite a bit of time un-stitching top stitched seams yesterday after I discovered it just wasn't going to work.   Every seam puckered due to top stitching - and I actually thought that I could press them smooth, but nope - that didn't work.   I think it was due to the the amount of stretch in this fabric.


  • I applied hong kong finish to the majority of  seams.  After I was finished I thought "if I hadn't already done all of this work - I'd stick a lining in this puppy and call it a day"!  Alas, I am very pleased with the end results.
  • Managed to match the vertical strips with on pockets.
  • and I'm quite pleased with my interfaced back hem.

  • I jumped the gun with the collar construction.  Trimmed it for turn of cloth and pad stitched as per my usual before reading the pattern instructions or watching Day 2 of the That Black Chic video.  Serves me right!, had to cut a new under collar - cause construction for this collar is totally different from regular traditional methods.
  • I was a little intimidated by the bias trim process, but guess what??? with the help of an exceptional instructor got it right on the very first try!!!

Well tomorrow is another day.  Stay tuned for continued progress...




13 comments:

  1. i would love for your mom to guest post on the delicious recurring dialogue y'all have on jackets....

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  2. Hey there Oona! We had jacket dialogue yesterday. My Mom suffers through it all do you hear me! She's so darn sweet, encouraging and a wonderful cheerleader to boot. I did mention to her that you suggested this; but she said that sitting down to write what would HAVE to be a PERFECT paragraph for my blog would seriously stress that former school teacher out.

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  3. You have no idea the amount of seam rippers I go through. I had 5 and now I'm down to 1. I pick up rippers like some folks pick up needles.....

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    1. The tiny ones are really hard to keep up with Penelope! I have about 10 or more in different sizes. I posted some information about seam rippers here on the blog a couple of months ago. Found out that they do need to be replaced often, although I have several that I've had on eons.

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  4. Oh, seam rippers, what would we do without them. Good luck on your jacket, can I call your mom and whine sometime? My mom won't listen to me! LOL

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    1. I'm sure Ms. Inell would listen to you whine to Lori (hahaha). Truth be told though if I were here I'd tune me out! Who knows, maybe she does tune me out. You know we mothers are real good at that trick!

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  5. The good thing is, you pushed through and can't wait for your reveal. I wanted to join the sew-along but my ADD wouldn't let me. That would be a great idea to have your lovely mom be a guest on your blog. Rippin' sho ain't easy... ask me how I know... lol

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    1. Sheila I spent the better part of an entire day rippin topstitching. Me and my whole sewing room was covered in thread!

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  6. Oh , the seam ripper, should be my best friend.. and I really hate it.ha
    I have jacket patterns, but never make them.. I think for this very reason..
    Best wishes on your jacket, look forward to seeing it.. Happy sewing.

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  7. oh I feel your pain lol! here's a heads up , fleece & seam rippers do not like each other! lol! good luck with your jacket, you can do it!

    Helen

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  8. It looks really great Faye. I do so love Hong Kong finished seams!

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  9. It looks really great Faye. I do so love Hong Kong finished seams!

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  10. Your patterns for sewing are awesome. The color and silhouettes are fabulous

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