Friday, May 11, 2012

Sweatshirt Jacket Update

Using a sweatshirt as a base you create

a jacket. The pattern suggests using 8

different fabrics to give a nice flow of

color and pattern.

The jacket I feel in love with, had a mixture

of soft pinks most being floral patterns.

My friend Margaret suggested that color

palette may be a bit washed out for me

so I went about looking for coral and

watermelon colors.

I knew I would make more than

one jacket so,

I continued my search and found

this purple palette of fabrics.

I decided to use the purple colorway

for the first “practice” jacket.

Remove the cuffs and hem

and lay your sweatshirt out

as flat as possible.

Cut random patches of fabric

to cover the sweatshirt and sew

them into place.

The front of the jacket was

where I began.

Of course, (being impetuous)

I went directly to the sewing

machine and firmly attached

the patches and even did some

free motion quilting over the top.

This was Mistake #1

I should have hand basted all

the patches down and looked

at the placement with a critical eye.

Mistake #2

My free motion quilting needs some

help….. I did buy a book on free motion

machine quilting, maybe I should read it!

This was the best looking patch,

“hot mess”, I’m telling you.

I had thoughts of making the

patches look random and possibly

doing some hand embroidery

motifs in the blank spots.

Not giving up, ( this is a learning

project) I continued with an arm

and the back.
To my eye this arrangement is better.

Gaps between all the patches where

I can do some hand embroidery, maybe a

chain stitch or running stitch.

Each patch will be stitched down with

a small zigzag stitch about 1/4”

from the edge. This 1/4” will fray in

the wash giving the jacket a softer look

and exposing the embroidery work.

(This is not the method Jennifer used

for making her stunning jacket, but I

felt the need to change the pattern a bit

to make it my own.)

Today, I will cover the other arm

and read a bit of the free motion



I made a cute pendant and earrings,

from quilting cotton,

with embroidery

to enhance the pattern.
One last thing, look at this

sweet pillow cover I found

at one of the vendor booths

in Paducah.

I can already see it,

as a boho bag flap!

Love to all,

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