Have you heard the murmuring about sewing being a bit hard? Sure it is. For every dozen garments I make ok, a few others flop. Some sewists chuck the failures straight out. Some battle gamely on, wielding the seam ripper, re-cutting pieces and reworking the bad stitching. I put the offender out of sight. Sometimes for a long while. Months or years later, the angst has faded enough to get to grips with the faults. How about you – patient unpicker, steady handed perfectionist, or regular gifter at the recycling centre?
This week I took up salvage operations. First up, the Lazarus of jacketing. Back from its near death experience, Vogue 8146. Finished finally, except pressing and fiddling with the inside seam allowances in the lining I put in.
It was a pig of a pattern, ridiculously short (ok I should have read the measurements), with a mean overtight collar, and a cock-eyed imbalance between the front and the back bodice (there’s more of me in the front than the back, Vogue). Unlined too. How great is an unlined tweed jacket? The thing that attracted me to it was the back, which now its a decent length does swing merrily in a 50s fashion.
Next, whilst rifling through the cadavers of so many, many wrecks, a zombie of the jean generation threw a leg out. It had been abandoned with waistband and hems to do, probably because jeans are cheap to buy and boring to make. My curiosity was sparked. I cut this with three other pairs in a previous stash busting frenzy, using my bog standard jeans block. After a week of reading about jeans and critical eyes seeing unacceptable front crotch wrinkles in many a Ginger jean, I had to know. Does the Aldrich block make a wrinkly front or not? I checked back on the pictures from Jeaniac posts.
No serious wrinkles in the florid pair, but maybe the hands in pockets stance hid them. I had to get that waistband on the abandoned pair and check.
Wrinkle free when I put them on, but so what? Do you mind about the minutiae of jeans fit? I’m not sure I truly care. Cation Designs has some wrinkle busting fixes if you do.
Last week’s Spring sunshine bunked off. It’s sooooo cold. (The house too is like a refrigerator, we’ve had the balcony doors open all morning for eclipse photography). I might have a matching skirt done for the jacket by the time we get another sunny day fit for venturing out to photograph clothes. That should take out a bit more stash.
While I’m trying to use up some of my embarassingly large collection of fabric, its cheering to know there’s an alternative.