Mon 2nd July 2018 at 5:38 pm #24099
Pam, I agree with you. Better to have the stitching so it isn’t so obvious if I’m going to do it.
However, I was wondering, Andrea, if you use contrasting thread so you could see it for the designing process. It’s pretty that way, but it would still be pretty with thread the same color as the fabric, because the stitching indentations would still show up. Personally, I don’t think you need the course, although I think you might find it fun.Mon 2nd July 2018 at 1:27 pm #24093
Thanks Peggy, Pam and Ann! I was just looking at the photos again and am going to print them out and draw the changes on them. I think that will be very useful when I work on changing the pattern pieces. I am going to pull out some blue denim to make the next toile. I don’t want to waste any of more of the nice white than I have to and it always was in the works to make blue ones too. I won’t use muslin for toiles for this as it doesn’t have the same drape, stiffness or weight. Too bad though as I have tons of it, but it just wouldn’t work to give me a real fit.
I should try to make up slopers for Happy Kidz dolls. That could really help with the pattern creating process and there aren’t any out there. I have them through the Pixie Faire pattern course for other dolls, but not for Gotz dolls. I guess I really should do that course someday, instead of just looking at the class materials! I downloaded it all, so maybe I should go through it class by class in the winter. I read through the lessons in the design class and I won’t bother with it again as it didn’t teach me much I didn’t already know. However, from looking through the course materials and lesson overview for the pattern course, I think there are things I could learn and use, so it will be of much more use to me. Meanwhile, I will continue on as I have been and see how it all turns out.Mon 2nd July 2018 at 12:06 pm #24087
Andrea, your eye for detail is great. I see where you want to do the tweaking as it has to look like a real life jacket. Oh! Oh! Anna and Laura just saw this and are demanding one each to go with their jeans.Mon 2nd July 2018 at 7:41 am #24085
Wow, Andrea. That jacket is coming along great. It is quite a complicated thing to design, isn’t it. I think the twin needle is a good idea for the top stitching. I quite like the blue on the white, but I don’t think I would dare do it as I feel it would show up any wobble lines too much. I would probably stick to a darker fabric and top stitching so my faults wouldn’t show!!
I have no doubt you will get the fit perfect, but it appears you have learnt a lot from this initial design. Well done! I am always impressed by your skill and determination.Mon 2nd July 2018 at 5:07 am #24082
Andrea, it looks good to me, but I have no doubt it will be perfect when you get done tweaking. I’m looking forward to making one of these when you’re ready.
P.S.: Lilli is a star!Mon 2nd July 2018 at 1:44 am #24074
I’ve made quite a bit of progress with the jean jacket. I ended up using the medium weight denim I got I got at Joann’s in St. Cloud. I bought 2 yards thinking I might sell some completed jackets down the road, so I have lots. I just couldn’t sew with the poly cotton blend. It had a real plastic feel to it and wasn’t nice at all.
At any rate, I like the blue topstitching, but I will buy another spool and use a 2mm twin needle for the topstitching. That way I can get really nice crisp lines. Stitching it twice, trying to get an even 1/8″ apart, is tricky with such small pieces, especially with the uneven thicknesses you get as you sew along. I also need to use the same thread in the bobbin. I forget that you sometimes see the inside too! I think a nice bold pink for topstitching would look good on the white too! I am using two machines, well actually 3 if you include the serger, to sew this jacket. My big Pfaff for the seaming, my little Janome for the topstitching and the serger for the inside seam finishing. I have space issues, but it’s kinda fun making it work.
So far these are a few of the problems:
Some of the detailing is not in proportion – like the pockets. The flap is too big and it is all too close to the center front, not leaving enough room for buttons or snaps.
Same with the topstitching on the back; the two rows on each side of the back are too far apart. The should be closer to the center
The seam on the sleeve isn’t meeting the yoke seam on the back. I need that sleeve to be in two pieces to give a really nice fold-back cuff with the opening in the right place on the arms. That sleeve seam should meet the back yoke seam to look right.
The shoulders need to be angled down from the neck to fit the shoulders better. They are too square right now.
The waist/torso needs to be tapered in as it’s too wide around the waist.
The waistband and cuffs are too narrow.
The armscye is not right.
But: I think I’m on the right track and I am confident with enough work and patience I can get it right. It’s just that I am not a patient person! LOL! But I’ll stick too it. I bought all the snaps and special buttons after all. 🙂
Thank you to Lilli for trying it on for me and putting up with my quick hair tie up and lack of styling!
Here’s how it looks so far. What do you think of the blue topstitching? I won’t finish this one, but it was invaluable to see where we need to tweak it!
Attachments:You must be logged in to view attached files.Mon 11th December 2017 at 10:36 pm #18281
Thanks Peggy. I will print it out shortly!Mon 11th December 2017 at 9:24 pm #18277
Thanks, Peggy! I have it and am printing it out ready to start this week. Looking forward to seeing your pink set.Mon 11th December 2017 at 6:56 pm #18273
I have the longer version of the top ready and will send it to the three of you who are involved with testing.
I’m ready to CO for the final version, using Blossom Heather, because it will show up well in photographs. The only things that have changed since I made Vroni’s (the one in Tidepool Heather) is the spacing and type of increases at the neck. The number of increases hasn’t changed. Everything else should be the same as the last version of the longer top, if you have that. (I can’t remember what the last version is anymore. I think I sent out the cardi, but not the top.)
If anyone else reading this wants it, PM me your email, and I’ll send it.Sun 3rd December 2017 at 7:34 am #18006
Thanks, Andrea. Will check it out. It’s good to be back to the dollies.
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