it’s in the bag

Since the last time I posted there have been a few distractions. A weekend away, Christmas, and a new job! the last has taken up a lot of my energy, time and attention. Still, I have not been entirely idle. I have been attempting to tackle The Stash. Not entirely with success as some new fabric has since been purchased. But this is a big piece of fabric, in both length and thickness. So it’s nice to see it finally being used.

I bought this some time ago with the plan to make a coat. Until some more experienced sewers pointed out matching all the lovely zig zags would be nigh on impossible. So in to the stash it went. Until my recent high waisted Butterick skirt success. When it occurred to me that it could also be used with more bulky fabric if I was careful.

Whilst I was at it, why not make the matching jacket? why I maybe shouldn’t have made the jacket is because the fit was nowhere near as good. Nearly 10 inches worth of ease at the waist. With a tapestry type fabric this was never going to be a flattering look. After a fair bit of modifying (dropped waist down by 2 sizes), taking in the darts at the back, splitting the front waist dart in two to create better shaping and interfacing both skirt and jacket fabric I am approaching a more positive end product. I’ve also had to alter the arm scythe and sleeve head a bit as well using my sloper as a guide.

There may be a bit more fitting left to do in the jacket but it’s getting there. But I still had fabric left over. What to do? I opted for a travel bag for a friend. Burda 7119 was duly purchased. I like the design but don’t think much of the instructions, as there wasn’t any guidance on adding structure. I interfaced everything and added an extra layer of cardboard thickness interfacing for the back, front and bottom. The photos as you can see are “in progress” but give you an idea how the projects are shaping up.

I still need to add the lining and finish top stitching the seams (to help ensure a neat finish). The straps look a bit better after I added bias binding. The instructions were again really poor, advising to stitch at the edge of the cut fabric where of course it will fray!

Finally, wishing everyone a happy new year. WordPress has advised I have been writing this blog for 5 years. Where has the time gone?


About sewwherenext

A few years ago I signed up for a year long beginner's dressmaking course. I have never looked back and am always thinking about my next project, hence the sew where next? name. This blog is to try and keep track of my trials, tribulations and hopefully successful projects.

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