…i did this.
wait, no, GET OFF THAT…how am i supposed to work like this?!
so, on tuesday evening, i started a second jacket. using my fitted muslin from my lapels-and-godets number, i folded out the lapels, eliminated the godets, and i traced out a straight jacket on a separate piece of chanel haute couture fabric, also scored on last year’s trip to mendel goldberg. in fact, this piece is all stash, baby.
this was my first piece of boucle fabric that didn’t have any loft or give and i was shocked at how much of a difference, tactile and otherwise, that had in the making and manipulation of the jacket pieces.
for instance, even though i painstakingly left match points as i prepared my piece of fabric, my rounded and narrow shoulders were completely unforgiving in the stripe-matching department. the fabric simply refused to ease through the curves, leaving me no choice but to have susan hand-fit the shoulders using me as a dress form. you can see the re-pinned seam above, which i stitched in place using “my friend the fell stitch.” (susan’s term, not mine. i had some other choice descriptors for the ubiquitous hand stitch this week!) getting back in there with a machine would have been nearly impossible, and i would have had to hand-baste it besides, so why not save the step, right?
interestingly, this was the first curve in any of my three jackets that i actually had to force a match. normally, we are advised to match up to the bust points (or shoulder curve) and then let the fabric do what it needs to do. as i wailed to the group, “what does it say about me that my bust curves always match and now i have to hand stitch the shoulder seam?!?!”
but at least i had quilting and cutting down to an art form by now, so it wasn’t too long before i had this:
i admit that by tuesday evening/wednesday morning i was fully suffering from what i call the stages of camp chanel. namely,
- EXCITEMENT. i cannot wait to get this piece of fabric into something amazing and gorgeous and all mine. bring it on, baby!
- PRODUCTIVITY. wow, this is not nearly as hard as i thought it would be. i am making awesome progress. keep it coming!
- STAGNATION. ok, this is definitely taking a long time. progress has slowed. i am sewing 12 hours a day and haven’t touched a machine since monday.
- OMG I AM SO TIRED OF THIS CRAPPY HOTEL ROOM. self-explanatory.
- PANIC. WTF?! how is it wednesday already?! and i still have so much left TO GET DONE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
so i was definitely taking a few shortcuts to get enough of the jacket done to muslin and cut a sleeve that would match my deformed shoulders. the inside of that jacket? totally pin-basted. not a stitch in sight. and the shoulder seams are definitely holding on with a pin and a prayer.
and meanwhile the cat continued his campaign of seduction with every woman in the room.