Oh-ho! Best thing I’ve got to say: take the Stitch and Flip class that Shannon Gifford teaches through PatternReview.com.
I feel quite liberated having thought through some new techniques and ideas and am really happy with the results. You know how overly-enthusiastic and boorish new converts are so – enough talk – here’s the pix.
Cotton/rayon boucle fabric
fully lined with a navy silk organza in the the Stitch and Flip technique. The seams are all top stitched. The extra stitching and the organza are the only support for the body of the fabric, making it cooler to wear in the summer.
The front facing piece is fully lined with Pro Fusible Sheer as are all the facings on the hems and back neck.
The sleeve heads are an extra thick fleece covered with a self fabric which is then hand sewn to the organza.
The hem facings are bound with organza and sewn on to the lining organza, catching just a few threads of the fashion fabric beneath.
I may cover small shoulder pads and add them using multiple snaps later but right now I’m enjoying the overall lightness of this semi-fitted jacket.
The weight and thickness of the cotton boucle made piping a bad idea but this HP Martini style really would be nicely served by piping: the collar and cuffs are so cute!
What I’ve shown you is just my way of making this jacket: the Stitch and Flip technique does not required the use of organza and edge bindings, this was just an added bonus of taking the class.
I’ve never used a cotton/rayon boucle before and was surprised at how “formal” this fabric looks made up. In the hand it feels almost as comfortable as an old flannel so my vision for the jacket is not how the garment turned out but it’s a good jacket for slacks, skirts and jeans, just as the Hot Patterns envelope says:
Sometimes you just need to be able to grab a jacket that takes your outfit from easy-going to sharp in double quick time.