Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Asian Jacket is Done




Last night I finished the Asian Jacket! What a good feeling. I was so pleased that I sat and knitted for about an hour on a little cardigan.

This jacket is made from Lonni Rossi cotton fabrics, which are designed for quilters, but I really liked these prints. The main problem I had with this was that I planned to line the jacket, and it was not planned to be lined. I just assumed that I could throw in a regular lining, and it started out fine, but I soon realized that the hem was a narrow hem, turned twice and topstitched. Well, that wasn't going to be too great. What I finally did was do the top of the lining as usual, and did the bottom as a facing, and topstitched through the face fabric and the lining at the same time. It worked quite well, and I don't have any problem with lining dropping below the hemline. That was a relief. The jacket is supposed to have side vents, and I did them, but they wanted to stick out kind of funny. I finally stitched them up, as I think it would only have gotten worse after sitting in it, etc.

I wondered if I was going to want a closure for this jacket, even though it isn't meant to have one. I had thought perhaps a sash belt from the chrysanthemum print, but I decided on a very large button from a set I have. I did not want an equally large buttonhole, so I used a very large covered snap. You can see the two halves below.




I used gold Madeira rayon thread for the topstitching, and they had enough colors of gold that I was able to find one that matched the metallic print perfectly. You can see more photos and close ups here.

10 comments:

Sue V said...

Very Nice! I like it and it looks great on you!

Anonymous said...

WOW! Your jacket is beautiful!

Marisa said...

Beautiful!

Beth H said...

Fabulous jacket, Liana! Thanks for the close-ups of the details.

Erica B. said...

Liana, what a beautiful jacket!

Abi said...

Stunning Jacket.Love all the details photographed as well

patsijean said...

I've been looking forward to seeing the results of your latest sewing adventure. Your jacket is fabulous.

Zazzu said...

You did a terrific job on the jacket...it's beautiful and fits you perfectly. I love that skirt length too.

I also have to comment on how nice the recently-vacuumed carpet looks in that photo ;)

Anonymous said...

Beautiful Liana, I love love love the details.

Mary Beth said...

I keep thinking about coordinating fabrics, although the skirt looks great! IMHO...so if you have scrapes left SawyerBrooks will match as will AppleAnnie and most likely Candlelight Valley and Vogue Fabrics and probably any of your other fav stores. big grin