It’s over 100 degrees outside, which means I am indoors working on a jacket made from felted fleece. For Winter. Yes indeed, sports fans, I am once again working at cross seasons, sewing something totally unsuited to now.
There is one redeeming factor with this project, that being I started the jacket at Sewing Camp in April, when there actually was snow on the ground, and I could have worn it.
Several iterations of trial and error on the finishing method delayed the actual completion.
The original plan was to use a faux leather as the binding, creating high contrast with the felted fleece. The faux leather did not cooperate. Next I tested a more mundane edging, which made things look too generic. The primary fabric really did need something with equal pizzazz.
The winner was a black organza binding, which of course was a #($&#?@ to sew. Slippery? Yes. Ravelly? Yes. We agreed to disagree, and it was hand sewn into submission (and readers of this blog know how much I hate to hand sew garments). In fact, this jacket has more hand sewing than I have done on any garment in years. Years. Decades.
There were a ton of things I did differently from the pattern recommendations. The Violet pattern suggests using a stable knit like ponte. I did not do this. The pattern does not have instructions for making the jacket reversible. I wanted it to be reversible, so both side of the primary fabric would be usable. The pattern does not have directions for having pockets on both sides if you do decide to make it reversible. Lastly, the edges are supposed to be turned under and stitched. And of course, I did not do this.
Given all these deviations from the pattern recommendations and suggestions, I don’t feel I can easily say how good or bad the pattern itself is, since I basically thumbed my nose at it. All I can say is “I did it my way”, and in the end, it worked.
As you can see from the above photos, one side is a lovely marbled grey and the other a colorful riot of felted ribbons. Both sides have usable pockets which do not connect internally. It took a bit of thought, as well as a lot of hand sewing to get everything lined up and working properly.
The organza binding was hand sewn to the garment. And since I was hand sewing, why not make it even more interesting by adding beads? So I did.
Now that all is said and done, I think the organza and beads add just the right elan. Perhaps even more than the faux leather would have done.
Now I look forward to cold weather.