Progress today with jacket

I am pleased with the progress I made on my jacket yesterday and today!!!!!

Yesterday I spent considerable time fiddling with the gathered collar. I have it pinned to the jacket and you can see that here.

Today I sewed the sleeves and inserted them into the jacket. I then sewed all the lining pieces together and inserted the sleeves. You can see the lining unit here.

Because I cut the jacket sleeves on the bias and I just got through reading Kenneth King's Mary Ray's article in Threads about bias sleeves, I decided I would stop sewing at this point to allow the sleeves to grow, if they are. I wish I had read the article before I cut out the sleeves. According to article if you cut sleeves on bias you need to allow a little extra in the seam allowance. Sleeve growing means that they lengthen and could become narrower as well. There appears to be quite a bit of fullness in this sleeve so I am not sure that I will be overly concerned about this. Nonetheless, good information for future projects.

It felt good to be sewing and creative again.


  1. Linda, I have a love/hate relationship with plaid. LOL Your jacket is looking fabulous! All of the time and effort you put into it is really showing. I can't wait to see it finished!

  2. Extremely cute! I love how the plaid is shaped by the gathered collar. I read the article in Threads magazine, too, so it is fun to see your bias sleeves. I think it looks really nice like that. This will be a winner!

  3. Coming together *very* nicely!! Love that plaid.

    BTW, the lt blue text color of the link for leaving a comment is almost impossible to see against the lime green background. Just thought you might want to know. :)

  4. Those sleeves look fantastic. It is all coming together really nicely.

  5. That gathered collar is something! It looks beautiful, such a nice design element. I also loved how you matched the plaid (guess it must have been a pain). Can't wait to see how those bias sleeves will look.

  6. Linda - I was a little intrigued by your fabric choice for this jacket but now I can see that it was inspired. I love how you've used the plaid and how it makes the collar look soooooo kewl! I can't wait to see this finished and with the companion dress!

  7. Your jacket's coming along nicely. I love how the gathered collar complements the plaid. This is a great piece to motivate your creative energy


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