Vogue 1132 - Red Jacket
Part One, Cut and Prepare
Today I was able to start work on getting the jacket cut out and fused to the interfacings/underlinings. Before I did that, I decided to check one more things on the muslin. Ann asked if I was going to narrow the sleeves as Mary Beth noticed the sleeves were a bit wide in her version. That was a good question and since I had a muslin, I was able to see very quickly whether I liked a narrower sleeve or not. After all, that's one of the purposes of a muslin: to check design and fit possibilities.
After taking out 1" of the circumference of the sleeve, I decided I did like the narrower sleeve better. I took it out at the underarm seam for the muslin, but decided to take it out of the center of the sleeve for the jacket. This also eliminates some of the excess ease, which BTW, wasn't nearly as bad as I was expecting or have seen in the past from Vogue.
The rest of my time today was spent preparing the fabric - preshrinking and pressing - and then figuring out how to get the jacket cut out. This is a nubbly, boucle-like woven that I picked up for less than $2.00 for the whole piece somewhere. I can't remember, maybe Martin's House of Cloth when they were getting rid of their apparel fabrics. As usual, I have less than the fabric required. I think without those back godets, it would have been easier to cut out a jacket, but I did figure it out. I was able to get all the pieces I needed, including the front facings.
The front facings were cut from that section along the fold where the are no pattern pieces. I opened it up flat and was able to cut the facings from that. The weave of the fabric is the same either way, so it won't look strange.
Right now, I'm in the middle of fusing all the fusibles in place. I've chosen to use fusibles with this jacket and will probably opt for the more traditional sew-in interfacings for the wool plaid version. I've got two more pieces to go and then I can start construction. I'll give more details on the interfacings/underlinings in another post.
Parting Shot: Cozy. I went to get my son up to get ready for school this morning and found this scene. Wellie seems to really like my son!