Garden Path - Jacket - Part XXXXV
Back to Work . . .
After taking this weekend off for a little fun, I've been back to work on Garden Path. I think I will be have it truly complete by the end of next week. This week, I'm working on final construction details, and next week I will be completing all the final embellishment details.
For the past couple of days, I've been working on finishing the front and neck edges. The actual stitching doesn't take long at all. What takes so much time is the accurate marking, trimming and rechecking to make sure everything is straight, even and the same size.
I have no set formula for finishing the edges, but work out solutions depending the other elements that make up the garments. Sometimes it is easy and the garment has a facing or is lined to the edge and can be bagged and turned. This time, because of the two narrow trims on either side of the border, I decided to bind the front edge as you can see below.
For the seam where the collar joins the jacket, I've just turned the collar facing under and hand stitched it down. I chose not to extend the binding all the way across the neck because I'd have to turn the the small trim sections downward toward the jacket, and they are already very thick. This would create thick lumps where each trim section meets the collar binding. I didn't want that, so I went with a more traditional collar finish with the seam allowances pressed toward the collar. You can see that the front binding extends all the way to the small trim and is right up against the collar facing. I think it is a pretty clean finish and keeps the inside looking nice.
Right now, the interior fronts are completely finished:
Over the next few days, I'll be back to ripping and redoing. I'm not happy with the way the body and sleeve linings are looking at the moment, so I'm going to remove the lining sleeves, smooth everything out and put the lining sleeves back in by hand. Not fun, but I know it will look better. That only leaves the sleeve/sleeve linings hems and the rest of the embellishing!
Parting Shot: New Book. I got my own copy of David Coffin's shirt making book from my husband. I have one on loan from a friend (yes, it will be mailed back to you later this week!), but now I have my own copy. I've tried out several of the techniques and really like the results, so this book went to the top of my wishlist.