I can't believe it has been so long since my last post. Where is December going? and why is it going in such a hurry? I do have a couple of Christmas presents to show you. I think I have captured the personality of each of the recipients with my fabric choice, but I'll have to fill you in on whether I was right after Christmas! I am also crossing my fingers that the fit is okay.
I used a Katherine Tilton designed jacket pattern for both gifts. This pattern includes facings for the front and back neckline. However, I thought this design was just begging for a full lining. So that is what I made. I also changed the shape of the sleeve a little bit by making it wider at the cuff so that it could be rolled up in order to show off the lining. I followed Sherry's RTW Tailoring Sew-Along tutorials for how to machine stitch the lining (step #14), and for bagging the hem (step #15). What amazing time savers both of these techniques are! If you make this pattern, keep in mind that the right and left side of the jacket front are not identical. Therefore you have to be careful to reverse the jacket front pieces when you cut out the lining if the fabric you are using has only one right side. My jackets button with the left side overlapping the right instead of the right side overlapping the left. Hopefully, this is only a minor inconvenience to the wearer.
These jackets are both made of quilting cotton. One has a very good quality cotton twill for the outer shell and the other has a light-weight striated denim for the inner shell. My thoughts are that they will be nice to throw on for a quick trip to the market, or to go collect eggs from the barn, when the weather is mild as in the spring or fall of the Pacific Northwest in the mainland USA.
Jacket #1 ~ Do any of my Canadian friends recognize the lining fabric?
I top-stitched about 3/16" from the edge of both jackets. I used a tip Mary Nanna shared, and it worked beautifully!