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
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.
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,
to enhance the pattern.
One last thing, look at this
sweet pillow cover I found
at one of the vendor booths
I can already see it,
as a boho bag flap!
Love to all,