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Wednesday, July 16, 2008

SSJ - slow and steady progress

Did I really write a few posts ago that I was ready for a challenging project? Did I really write that the instructions for this jacket were pretty good? I must have had mild hysteria from waiting for my serger.

It's been a while since I made anything with a notched collar and it took me two goes before I was happy with how it turned out. Then I reached the instructions for the "bellows" pockets and really came unstuck, they just aren't making any sense to me. However I'm not sure it matters because I may leave them off anyhow - I don't really need extra bellows on my hips thank you! I suppose I could make them as patch pockets - in the photos below I have pinned the pockets on so you can get a rough idea how it will look with and without pockets - any views on which is better (I know it's hard with the hastily pinned on pockets and rushed photos) - none, patch or the original "bellows"?



I wish I had more dedicated blocks of time to spend on this project - just having the odd hour here and there during the week makes it feel like it is taking forever and I still have to add beltloops, buttons, buttonholes, hem and lining. And decide on those pesky pockets.

Of course there is also the fact that I want to put my new serger through it's paces and a lined jacket is not going to do that. I have threaded and tested the new toy and love it so far, I think I will whizz up a jersey dress or top from a pattern that I have made before this weekend so that I get the chance to use it and satisfy those instant gratification urges I am feeling.

It probably sounds like I am unhappy with the jacket, but actually as soon as I had made the sleeves I totally fell in love with it - the pleated detail is lovely - here is a close up photo.


12 comments:

Rachel said...

That jacket is gorgeous!!! I love the pleated sleeves.

Lindsay T said...

Yes, it's really splendid. Safari jackets usually have bellows pockets, so if you can do them they'd look great. But not to worry as patch pockets like you've got will also look great.

Lori said...

Great jacket, I like it with the pockets. The sleeve detail is the best part of this jacket.

Birgitte said...

Love the pleated detail, like the pockets. It's hard to tell without seeing it on you. Go with your instinct ;-)

LauraLo said...

I'm glad you make this jacket - it caught my eye in the magazine and I really want to make it, but can't decide yet the fabric. The pleated detail is beautiful and I would go for pockets (patch, not bellows), I think they are really suited to this type of jacket.

toy said...

slow but sure, this will be so beautiful when it is done, can't wait to see it

Carla said...

I wasn't so sure when I saw the line drawing, but this is looking really great.

Charity said...

Your pleated detailing looks perfect! I'm sorry you're frustrated, but it really does look awesome! :)

Charity

Sheila said...

Your safari jacket is coming along nicely and like others the pleats look great. I would go with the patch pockets.

Vicki said...

Hi Allison, your jacket looks great. If it was me, I would go without pockets...(I think). I am sure by now you have finished and are onto the next jersey project.

Thankyou for your nice comments in a previous post - you are so sweet! I have at last made a blog entry. I just couldn't get into the mood this week. Still recovering..lol!

Debbie Cook said...

Pretty jacket, with or without pockets.

Just finding your blog now, through Vicki's blog. Looks like I've been missing out on a lot of great sewing.

Tany said...

The jacket is looking gorgeous so far! I love the sleeves too!