Added Nov 6, 2013
by cris orange
With this project I go back to my sewing origins: Burda!
The jacket should have come into existence already in february, but some other projects and the summer intervened :-)
A few weeks ago I looked to the craftsy.com video „The Quilted Jacket“. It wasn´t my intention to sew such thing, but the video made me so curious, that I absolutely wanted to try this technique.
As a batting I used a rather thin interface I had since many years in my stash. The black lining is also polyester from the same oooold stash. So the jacket consists unfortunately of polyester (excepting the leather), but I wanted to make use of these old scraps.
The fit is wonderful, I didn´t have to change anything! (this is refreshing after the fitting work for almost all my projects until now).
The pattern parts are quilted separately and afterthere are sewn together. The leather is not quilted, I just sticked the lining to the leather using wonder tape.
I used Hong Kong finish for all seam allowances. This is almost my first time with this thing and I didn´t manage it perfectly, but I learned from this experience.
I also bound the zipper with a black gift ribbon(!) from my collection, bevor I stitched it to the jacket. It looks nicer this way :-)
The most difficult thing was the horizontal seam in the middle, where in some places 4 layers of leather lye upon each other. My Pfaff striked and I had to do this by hand. Together with the Hong Kong finish it took me a whole saturday – for a single seam!
With the pants I already have sewn in february I now have a pantsuit! I´m very pleased with the result, although it isn´t perfect in all details. The thing that most troubles me is the middle back peplum: it waves because of the stiff leather on both sides. I had had to underlay it with some stiff interface… but now I don´t have a solution (my hubby proposed to just cut out a little bit, it shludn´t be a big thing… :-))
I now like the inside more than the outside :-) especially the Hong Kong finish in a contrasting colour is very interesting – I think I must sew another jacket in this style!
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