Fabric and project agony…

The agony. I purchased 3 yards of this lovely abstract stripe linen for a jacket. In reality, it is like cheesecloth, and even three launderings did not close the weave.

So – a lining required. But wrestling the fabric on the grainline was just horrendous.

What was meant to be a starlet jacket will be a scarf for many people on my Christmas list, including me!

What next? this project was meant to carry me for a while. So, I ordered some lovely Kaufman black cotton twill for that jacket. Before I go any further, the jacket? A Republique du Chiffon Gerard Manteau, a classic boyfriend style. I ordered the pattern when it came out, ages ago. Believe it or not, everything was drawn by hand, pattern and instructions, and challenging. Last month I ordered the updated pattern. It and the instructions booklet have since entered the 21st century. Below, new line art and ‘old’ pattern.

The updated pattern has different pockets and options for 3 lengths. Yes! As to my new project with twill, it will be unlined, which is very easy given the facings and hemline bands provided on the pattern.

Meanwhile…I’m prepping tools for paper beads and laying low, I’m into the 2nd volume of Churchill’s books on WWII, and being patient on the sewing front. I actually have 3 books in progress simultaneously. Beside Churchill, also Barbara Tuchman on WWI ‘The Guns of August’ and Stanley Karnow ‘Vietnam: a History’. I finished John Toland, ‘The Rising Sun’ and ‘Korea: Mortal Combat’, in the last year.

For now, I hope you are well and coping – difficult times, my wish for your peace and calm. Coco

9 thoughts on “Fabric and project agony…

  1. I also have 3 metres of (cheesecloth-like) lightweight linen, which I ordered online. Having now recovered from the surprise, I am intending to make the Tessuti “Silva Shirt Jacket” which seems to be designed with this type of fabric in mind. Other Tessuti options I looked at are the Eva Dress, the Coni Tunic Pattern and the Ola Tunic top, all of which show examples in this type of fabric. I can imagine your fabric in some of those.

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    1. Jill, thank you! I’m excited, the Silva jacket is an exact match for a favorite from Coldwater Creek, worn to threads. Now I can make them!! you’re a gem, Coco

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  2. Hi Linda! here’s a link to the tutorial that got me started. for a roller, JustJennDesignz, who actually does the tutorial!! I got all my other supplies on Amazon. Have fun!

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  3. It is so disappointing when things we order turn out to be not what we expected

    How fun to find a design you like in a pattern that doesn’t cause your head to explode.

    Paper beads?!? Do you have a YouTube link or book you recommend to learn how to make them?

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    1. Hi Linda! here’s a link to the tutorial that got me started. for a roller, JustJennDesignz, who actually does the tutorial!! I got all my other supplies on Amazon. Have fun!

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