Jacket, Interrupted

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Love at First Stitch

In the time I’ve taken off from the jacket because I’m afraid of messing it up at the very last stages, I came across something new to me: Love at First Stitch and Tilly and the Buttons. I’ve also learned how to trace a pattern, which is pretty much mandatory if you want to use any of the patterns that come with the book.

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The Delphine Skirt

Between tracing and altering the pattern, I felt like a pro (no real illusions there). I skipped right over the PJs and went for the Delphine skirt. Luckily for me, it turns out it’s fairly easy and goof-proof, with the exception of the invisible zipper, the teeth of which I managed to stitch over. I made it in linen and should have lined it.

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If you’ve ever wondered what a short skirt made in the largest regular size looks like for a person who is 5’0″, now you know. Not right is the answer. And it’s barely above my knees. Go ahead, Google “Delphine skirt” to see what they’re supposed to look like. Fortunately, it looks better on me than on the hanger,

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Hopefully, next time will be all about how I finally finished the improbable jacket.

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The Improbable Jacket

One day, out of the blue, I decided I wanted to make a crazy quilt jacket. Completely out of the blue, as in I have never made anything remotely resembling either a crazy quilt or a jacket. While I have made a few appliqué art quilts, the only garments I ever made were a skirt and a dress over twenty years ago and with much assistance. But, I had acquired some silk and velvet scraps during late night Etsy excursions, and I wanted to do something cool with them. So, crazy quilt jacket.

 

I looked at some commercial jacket patterns and not uncapriciously decided on Vogue Pattern V9212. I was aware this was not rated as an easy pattern, but I had no idea what I was getting into. Really, no idea. As it turns out, the crazy quilting is turning out to be by far the easiest part of this project.

First, I constructed the back, which, I have come to learn, has something called princess seams (which, as it turns out, are a really bad idea for what I’m trying to do). My seams were not completely without fault, but they’re also being covered up. Anyway, here’s the back in muslin, which is the base for the crazy patches. At this point, my ignorance is enabling.

The top back patches went fairly quickly. The bottom took a little longer because of the drape of the fabric, which I managed not to lose entirely. I think the entire back took two or three days to crazy quilt.

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The front presented a more extreme version of the same problem: princess seams. I have thoroughly learned why most crazy quilt jackets are boxy. I did lose some curviness on the bust but not all of it, and I think the jacket may still fit.

The construction of the front sides took, I think, a day, and the crazy quilting of the front took two days, both sides altogether.

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And here I am stuck because now the really hard part begins, putting it all together—back, front, collar, sleeves, facing, and lining. Yep. Facing and lining, too. Wish me luck, because I’m going to need it.

Aegean Superwash Scarf

So, I finally plied and washed one 4-oz. bobbin of the Aegean Superwash wool. I plied the single with purple thread. It’s squishy. And uneven, of course, but not super-thick and not as uneven as most of what has come before.

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I decided to use the 25mm knitting needles to get that loosey goosey gauge that works so well here where it hardly ever gets cold. So I can, you know, actually wear it.

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The knitting went quickly with the giant needles. I started and finished it between assignments, which is pretty amazing considering how busy I’ve been with work.

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Switching Gears

And, here is another picture of the hand warmer things, because, despite (or because of) it being hot (and freezing because of air-conditioning), my hands are always cold. These are great for typing. Also, I haven’t knitted anything else since I finished these.

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But, what I have started doing again is spinning. Well, sort of. I’ve been plying a little and also bought more fiber (that counts, right?).

Corriedale

I got a pound of natural Corriedale, and 16 oz. of a crazy mix called Elemental Mix #8 in Obsidian.

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It’s pretty. So pretty that I’m going to have to psych myself up before I start on it.

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In the meantime, I need to wash more of the Blackface and Corriedale blend that I plied with gold thread to set the twist.