Monday, 11 April 2011

Cold weather ahead, Jalie 2795 jacket

I have delved into the bulky polar fleece under the bed again. It is a great relief to me whenever I manage to sew something from this pile, as I am guilty of considerable overpurchasing from Seattle Fabrics.

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This version of Jalie 2795 is for my younger daughter. (I have made it twice previously, review here). She did not want the hood, having a flamboyant hat with ear flaps that she likes to wear in cooler weather.

I have used a nasty cheap polar fleece scrap from Spotlight for the contrast inner collar lining and the "welt"pocket. The outer Polartech200 is so thick that the skimpiness of the Spotlight version where the fabric is doubled actually becomes a good thing.

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This jacket is nicely drafted and has very good instructions. My best trick in the construction is to stabilize the front edge with woven selvage before applying the zip. I also rather like the addition of a zipper pull. Jalie has these on their photo, but not in the instructions. I used a print scrap, for prettiness. I also tried some machine embroidery on the pockets, but this has been completely lost in the bulk of the fabric. I briefly considered applique of ribbon over this error of judgment, but managed to overcome the urge (it was only a weak urge) when I could not find anything that matched in my scrap bag.

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I am afraid that this sort of sewing falls into the not-very-interesting-but-quite-useful category. There has been a lot of this sort of sewing here lately. I am about to break out and sew something extremely frivolous - after I clothe everyone at my house for a cold weather camping trip. Sigh.

11 comments:

Mary Nanna said...

Nice top, I'm sure it's just the ticket. Yes, yawn sewing is the price that must be paid when one must sew everything oneself. I am learning all about it, although in theory there's nothing stopping me from buying it. Like you, I've crossed the line and would rather sew it than shop for it.

Handmade said...

It looks like a superb fleece! BTW, I checked out glitter dance in Brisbane and they sound very good - thanks again!

Carolyn said...

Very well done! It looks veeeery professional! I've not ventured into polarfleece territory yet... will have to apply here for advice when/if the time comes!

Lyndle said...

Beautiful! I am having both fleece envy and Jalie envy. One d ay I will splash out and buy some of their patterns. Gorgeous colour too.
Do something quick and frivolous Before you sew the rest!

Alison said...

That fleece is gorgeous quality. I love using fleece like that. You've done a fantastic job. :)

Little Hunting Creek said...

Very nice - what a pretty color! And I know she'll appreciate it when it gets colder

ejvc said...

It's only boring-seeming because you have mad skillz. Just saying.

sdBev said...

"this sort of sewing falls into the not-very-interesting-but-quite-useful "
Yes if I could find good fitting RTW, I would skip some of these too. But I find that I'm sewing more and more for myself, not for savings but for fit which = physical comfort.

Joy said...

Apparently the satisfaction you get from making extremely useful garments keeps you going. It's addiction - a healthy addiction, right?

Jalie patterns yield such professional looking garments (especially in the hands of a skilled stitcher). The jacket is something I would wear all the time.

Carol said...

I'm with you and Mary Nanna, I'd much rather sew than buy. The downside of that is I have an endless list of things to sew before I can get to the fun stuff for winter and I don't have a family to sew for. I don't know how you do it all.

Sharon said...

Very professional, the style is spot on and love the colour.