Don’t underestimate the time it will take to make the version of this jacket with the embellishments and appliqués. What takes so much time? It requires yards and yards of bias binding.
½ “ and 1 “ finished width, single fold bias binding for the embellishment on the garment front, the front band and sleeve cuff. And on the inside, the raw edges of the seams are finished with ½ “ double fold bias binding to prevent fraying and give a couture look. I wanted binding in specific colors and fabrics, which meant I had to make it before I could apply it.
The pattern instructions for forming and applying the bias trim are very clear and complete, however I chose to use some different processes and tools for making and applying the bias on my jacket.
My embellishment bias binding was made using a linen blend. It was easy to cut and press into shape.
Cutting - I used the rotary cutter and a clear see through ruler to cut 1" strips from the fabric, not the pattern piece supplied. This allowed longer strips and less joins.
Applying - I applied the ½ inch binding to the cuffs and front bands using a 6mm cover stitch.
Pros – Fast! Because both edges are stitched down at same time sides at once. Con – adds thread/weight to backside of sleeve cuff and neck band pieces. If you are considering applying the bias with a cover stitch machine, you might want to narrow the binding from ½ inch to 3/8 “otherwise there is a lot of space between the edge of the binding and the stitching.
Inside seam finish bias.
I always admire the work of sewing bloggers who finish the inside of their garment with couture level techniques. But I also think they must have a lot of time on their hands. No day job or kids etc. I ignored the "just serge the seam raw edges" thoughts going through my head. and followed the instruction to finish the inside seam edges with bias. Did I feel accomplishment and self satisfaction? Nope, overwhelming boredom and frustration. The fabric I chose for the bias was difficult to work with and extended this "prep" step. I really wanted to get to the construction of the jacket.
I used a jacquard acetate/rayon lining fabric to finish the edges of the seams and hems. Argh! This fabric was horrible to work with because it slithered and stretched at will.
The instructions have you finish the raw edge after you sew the seams. Essentially you are sewing the length of each seam 5 times if you finish the raw edge with bias binding as the pattern instructs. I decided to make the double fold bias using the bias maker tool. The fabric I had chosen stretched out of shape so badly the when I tried using the bias biding maker, it became too narrow to cover the edge of the fabric. My next strategy was to use the bias binder pressure foot for my sewing machine.
It allows you to feed an unfolded bias strip into a cone shaped opening that folds the binding around the edge of the fabric while sewing it at the same time. This foot is difficult to use on the edges of fabric that have already been seamed. So I marked the seam lines on the wrong side of my fabric and bound the raw edges with the bias binding before I sewed the seams. The binding adds a bit of width to the edge so the seam lines I marked in the earlier step were essential for accurate seaming.
This jacket is described as very loose fitting. I made a size Small (8-10). My measurements put me squarely in a Vogue size 16 so in theory I should have made the size L/G(16-18). I have slightly narrower than average shoulders and the shoulder seams of this jacket are designed to fall beyond the shoulder. I felt I would swim in a L/G size.
There are no finished garment measurements printed on the pattern pieces, so I measured the width of the pattern pieces at the hip area and compared it to my hip measurement The size S finished garment circumference at the hips was 49”, 8 inches over my hip measurement. Plenty of style ease for a loose fitting garment. The main jacket fabric is a tencel twill purchased from Denver Fabrics. it has a sueded surface and a nice weight and drape.