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  • Polka Dot Jean Jacket: The Professional Photos!

    Here are the professional pics of the jacket I made at the same time as the dragonfly jacket. For each step, I watched Janet Pray on Craftsy, and then took the plunge with both jackets. By the end of the process I was getting a little loopy. I would catch myself wondering why Janet only had to sew two cuffs when I had to sew four. Ummm......Perhaps because I was making two jackets?

    Both jackets are getting a lot of wear. I love the fit of Jacket Express. My only alteration was to lengthen the sleeves by two inches. Janet's instructions on Craftsy are great, and so are the written instructions that come with the pattern. Islander Sewing Systems patterns each come with well-illustrated instruction booklet with clear drawings and an innovative order of construction.

    I also lined the cuffs, yoke and pocket flaps of this version with Liberty Lawn. Photo by Andrea Jones. I also lined the cuffs, yoke and pocket flaps of this version with Liberty Lawn. Photo by Andrea Jones.

    Nothing remarkable about the back, except you can see how well this jacket goes together. Great drafting! Photo by Andrea Jones. Nothing remarkable about the back, except you can see how well this jacket goes together. Great drafting! Photo by Andrea Jones.

    I scored some faux leather buttons that were originally used by Anne Klein. I actually prefer faux leather to real leather because I can wash them. Yes, you can see my yellow chalkoner lines. Ah well....Photo by Andrea Jones. I scored some faux leather buttons that were originally used by Anne Klein. I actually prefer faux leather to real leather because I can wash them. Yes, you can see my yellow chalkoner lines. Ah well....Photo by Andrea Jones.

    Linen jacket with linen pants. Yay! Photo by Andrea Jones. Linen jacket with linen pants. Yay! Photo by Andrea Jones.

  • Dragonfly Jacket -- The Professional Photos!

    Andrea Jones took a lot of fun photos of the dragonfly jacket. I detailed the process a few posts ago. As I mentioned, I made this jacket while following along with the Craftsy class, Sew Better Sew Faster, with Janet Pray. I loved the class and highly recommend it. The first jacket I made while following along with Janet, I took all of her shortcuts and ended up with a non-wearable garment. Janet is such a good seamster, she can do much more on the fly than I can. With this project, I slowed down and did some pinning and some basting. It turned out much better. The only alteration I made was to lengthen the sleeves by two inches. I also made a medium even though I'm usually a large or extra-large. 

    Me as a sassy librarian. Photo by Andrea Jones. Me as a sassy librarian. Photo by Andrea Jones.

    I even had some silver dragonfly buttons! Photo by Andrea Jones. I even had some silver dragonfly buttons! Photo by Andrea Jones.

    I lIke the way the insects are flying around the back. Photo by Andrea Jones. I lIke the way the insects are flying around the back. Photo by Andrea Jones.

    I lined the cuffs and the yoke with Liberty Lawn. Photo by Andrea Jones. I lined the cuffs and the yoke with Liberty Lawn. Photo by Andrea Jones.

  • More Burgundy Pants

    I love burgundy and burgundy loves me. It's a great color for my skin tone, and I have burgundy jackets and tops that get worn all the time. I have never made pants in burgundy, though. Last month, I pulled out burgundy ponte and burgundy linen from my stash to make pants. Color me happy!

    This is another pair of Style Arc Katherine pants -- my favorite pants ever. This is my fourth pair (the rest have ripped or worn out). I don't need to alter them at all. I just add an extra "just in case" inch to the side seams to ensure they'll fit in all kinds of fabrics. I learned my lesson about the just in case inch when I was making my second pair of these pants out of a non-stretch denim/linen blend. I was able to squeeze into them with a teeny, tiny side seam allowance, which came apart at the hip during a conference in Seattle! Luckily, I was able to casually hold my conference materials next to the rip as I snuck to the elevator scurried to my room as fast as possible.

    I tried a new technique for these pants -- A button fly! I followed David Page Coffin's instructions in his Making Trousers for Med and Women book. I made a test version and then went for it in the pants. I love the retro feel of the button fly. It also gave me more control over matching right and left sides of the fly, making the fly construction less stressful. Check out my Instagram feed on the right side of this blog for a close-up photo.

    The width of the flare is just right for me. Photo by Andrea Jones. The width of the flare is just right for me. Photo by Andrea Jones.

    I love the flat front pockets. Photo by Andrea Jones. I love the flat front pockets. Photo by Andrea Jones.

    Fits in the rear, right out of the box! Photo by Andrea Jones Fits in the rear, right out of the box! Photo by Andrea Jones

  • Thoughts about Pockets

    I finished the non-muffin-top burgundy pants (V8859), and Andrea Jones photographed them. I love that they are stretch pants that hit at the right spot on my waist. I also love that they don't look too casual -- they have a design element on the knee and actual pockets in the back. The back pockets were quite problematic, though. I knew the pockets were too small and badly located, but I didn't know how to fix them for the best visual effect. After my photo shoot, Heather Lou at Closet Case Files had a great blog post on jean pocket placement. She went into great depth about pocket size and placement, and she included many photos of good and bad placement. After reading her article, I ripped out my pockets and cut a bigger pair. I then pinned and repinned the pockets in place (I'll spare you the multitude of photographs) until I had them even and well-placed. I'm much happier with the look of my derriere in the pants now. If you want to make these pants, or any others with small, high back pockets, do yourself a favor and read Heather Lou's post first. Friends don't let friends have small back pockets!

    Cute knee detail. Photo by Andrea Jones. Cute knee detail. Photo by Andrea Jones.

    The front -- They are long enough! Photo by Andrea Jones. The front -- They are long enough! Photo by Andrea Jones.

    The back with the original pocket size and placement. If super flat butts are ever in style, I'm set. Photo by Andrea Jones. The back with the original pocket size and placement. If super flat butts are ever in style, I'm set. Photo by Andrea Jones.

    Home photo of bigger, lower pockets. Please ignore the many markings. I feel much more confident with these pockets! Home photo of bigger, lower pockets. Please ignore the many markings. I feel much more confident with these pockets!

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