Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Interfacing and Bindings, Oh My!

The Simplicity 3708 is coming along.  I decided to use some gray wool/polyester blend I had in my stash.  This is a medium weight material that is easy to work with.

I found a picture of what I am hoping my jacket will resemble.

While searching for this picture, I learned the button etiquette for three buttons. Starting from the top: Sometimes, Always, Never.

Here is the pattern picture.  A little baggy, and not a good lapel roll.  Hopefully mine looks better.


I had a hard time deciding on interfacing, but I finally used some fusible ultra-weft on the fronts of the jacket.  A trick I learned for making a good lapel roll is to have two pieces of interfacing.  One for the body and one for the lapel, so there is a slit between the two.  This makes a "hinge". Also a slit in the interfacing so the dart will be flat.
Fusible interfacing and bias binding 

 Then I used a sew-in interfacing on the facings to get some experience with it.  I also have a seam at the roll line here.

Sew in interfacing and bias binding center back

The pockets didn't call for lining, but I lined them with a light gray polyester lining.  I didn't interface the pockets because I felt they were firm enough.
Fronts with princess seams and pockets

Back and facings

I was going to flat-fell the center back seam. But the fabric was a little thick making it bulky.  So I used some turquoise bias binding on one edge and folded over the other.  I used gray bias binding on the other seams to give a finished look to the inside.

This jacket has two rear vents.  I watched a couple of videos to see how to make them look best.  In my next update, I should have vents and some assembly finished.

This is still a learning process for me.  However.  a jacket should be coming to life soon.

I also machine embroidered a new kitchen towel this week.



Thanks for stopping.



4 comments:

  1. Did you buy the binding? I find that packaged binding is too stiff, cutting bias strips is easier! looking forward to seeing the results! Good luck! Also what machine did you do the embroidery with?

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I bought the binding. I made binding before and it was so time consuming. I did it without the aid of a binding maker. Next time I will try it.
      My Janome 300e did the embroidery.

      Delete
  2. Did you buy the binding? I find that packaged binding is too stiff, cutting bias strips is easier! looking forward to seeing the results! Good luck! Also what machine did you do the embroidery with?

    ReplyDelete
  3. The jacket fronts are looking good! I love the turquoise binding, and would like to make my own half-lined jacket just to go wild with binding treatments on the seams.

    I bought a set of bias tape makers from Nancy's Notions, and they make it really easy to make your own binding from fabric strips. You should give it a try.

    ReplyDelete