More prosaic sewing. I was hoping my next post would be about the fabulous shirt I sewed for my husband, but he is curiously reluctant to be photographed, and I really don't want him to develop a dislike of the shirt, so have (almost) stopped mentioning my quest for a model shot.
This polar fleece top (Polartech 200) is my second version of Jalie 2795. I made the first version in June for my daughter, and was very pleased with her jacket. Unfortunately for me, the same pattern does not do me any favours.
I did not make a toile, as I do not find this useful in stretch fabrics unless I am not sure how the pattern will fit together, so I guess this jacket is really a toile- just as well!
The fit is poor on me. I cut out size V, one size larger than my measurements indicate. The jacket I made for my daughter was close fitting and I prefer a little more ease.
The jacket was too long in the arms for both my daughter and I, which I fixed, but on me, the jacket is also too small in the bust, too large in the waist, and has a finishing length emphasizing my largest girth.
I find this garment very unflattering. However, I made it to wear camping, and found it very warm and practical two weekends in a row, so I am not entirely unhappy with my work.
I added an internal pocket, with an inset zip, which worked well, and covered the inside of the front zipper tape with bias binding made from a cotton print.
I will probably make this garment for myself again next winter, and now I can refer back to this post and attempt to make a more flattering shaped garment to wear out in the bush. I will make one more of these jackets this year. My daughter has already out grown the jacket I made in June, and will need a new warm jacket to wear in the evenings in Sydney during her October visit to her grandparents.
- Sharon, I buy polartech and Gortex from Seattle Fabrics, as I have not been able to source these fabrics in Australia. Their website postage calculator does not work for Australia, giving an astronomical total at check out, but in my 8 year or so purchase history, they have always charged me the postage on the packet, + around $5-8 handling fee, and I am happy with their service.
On a less prosaic note, I have returned to the mojo killing project that stopped my sewing back in July. It was so bad, that I did not even write a post about it, but things seem to be recovering nicely, fingers crossed! Here is a sneak peek.