Can I make a tailored jacket in a week? Day 6 pt2

Today I basted!

I finally finished the other lapel, and was about to change threads!
Yay!

No more skinny slick thread, bring on the cotton!

I used some white cotton I have to baste the jacket together. It went real quick. Up and under, up and under. I even basted in the sleeves!

That's something I never do. But I wanted a real good fit, and as anyone who knows me and sleeves, we don't have the best of relationships.


This one, I'm glad to say, went much better than normal. I added a bit more fullness to the sleeves than in the muslin, so I did have to blend a bit, but nothing so outrageous that it would have made me cry.

I left in the basting stitches for the caps of the shoulders.

This is one step I wouldn't have to do twice.

I put them both in and tried on the jacket for the first time!


I am real happy with the fit. So much so, that I only had to do some minor adjustments. I made the darts in the back waistline a bit deeper, I also adjusted the darts on the front bust to match those on the shoulder better. Once I got all of that done, it was time to begin my construction sewing.

Oh, man, I think I forgot how!

I used a dark navy for the construction thread. I thought that would blend enough.

My first stitch.

I also put on my zipper foot so I could get real close to the basting lines and see them.

My basic/ziz-zag foot I felt was a bit too in the way. This foot switch worked like a champ and I was able to control my stitched better. Went together fairly fast.

Once I sewed the front bust darts I cut the fold over open and down and finished the edges.

The book says to do that. I'm also going to lay a bias strip over the shoulder seam for a bit more stability to the tweed.
Right now the jacket is hanging a bit, but in a while I plan on ironing it and adding that shoulder tape.

Now I get to think on lining. Hmm...I'm going to have to see what I have in the stash. I'm thinking of some striped rayon I have, but I don't think I have enough for the jacket and sleeves, but I do have an old rayon slip that I may use for the sleeves. That could work.

In any case I'm moving right along. I do think I might get this done for Thursday evening!
Stay posted!

7 comments:

  1. You have made a lot of progress in such a short time. I don't think I would have the patience to do all that hand stitching.....

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  2. Thanks :)
    Its been a mind numbing amount of work in a very short time, and I don't think Ill do it again anytime soon, although I do want to make a suit perhaps some day :)

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  3. It's looking fantastic! Can't wait to see it finished.

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  4. Lot of good work there...but I think you're going to have a hard time moving your arms...I'd suggest cutting an up-side down U on the arm interfacing and replacing that with muslin, which will move with you...In the future, you could do the same thing on the back....same deal: upside down U...fill with muslin in that section. It will make reaching much much easier! MB

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  5. Wow! I am so impressed at how quickly you are putting this together! I just started my first tailoring project about a month ago, but it's been slow going. My hat is off to you! ;)

    ♥ Casey | blog

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  6. Thanks Fabric U, but the interfacing I'm currently using is muslin.

    My range of motion is pretty good. I'm not going to clean the house in this thing :) The arm holes are high.

    I didnt want to move much because I simply basted the jacket together and I knotted some threads and they were popping through the weave. Duh me.

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