I had never worked with velveteen before, partly because it scares me to death. I did some reading on how to handle it before I started. This navy w/white polka dots velveteen came from fabric.com when it went on sale. I don't have much money in it, so I figured if I destroyed it , I would not be out that much money. However, the fabric is so cute that I wanted to be successful. I tested out the iron on a piece of it. I was able to iron the back of it by actually touching the iron to the fabric for a few seconds, and it did not mess up the pile. I don't remember what the fabric content of this velveteen is, but I would recommend testing out any velveteen before getting too brave with an iron. I was also careful to cut all pieces with the nap going in the same direction (in this case, down).
back view-it fits me better in the back than it does the dress form
I did not make any alterations to the pattern because my muslin fit well. I was really nervous about sewing the curved seams on the front and back, but it was actually no problem at all with the velveteen. I started out using tissue paper (the kind you put in gift packages) under my fabric when sewing, but I finally stopped. I could not tell that the presser foot was really leaving a mark, and the fabric did not slide any easier under the foot. Speaking of which, the fabric did not slide very well under the presser foot. I had to pull from the back to help it through. I used a walking foot, but I think a roller foot would have been better.
The problem with using stretch vs. non-stretch fabric is that I could not actually button the jacket. If it had some stretch in the fabric, I could have done the button closure. I tried a couple of things, but I finally ended up sewing a small piece of fabric to one side of the front of the jacket and using what I call pants closures. I really like the look of it without the buttons.
setting in sleeves
The most difficult part of this project was setting in the sleeves. I don't enjoy doing that anyway, but it was particularly aggravating using velveteen. I finally muscled them in with alot of pins.
liningThe instructions for lining this jacket are the strangest I have ever seen. If I had it to do over with I would just bag the lining. However, I followed the instructions and just did not have the patience to line the sleeves like the instructions detailed. The instructions had you to insert the sleeve lining into the sleeves and then turn it under at the armhole and sew it down. I left them unlined.
Lastly, during our Christmas gathering with my side of the family, I stated that I had always wanted a Mama cat and newborn kittens. I know my cat would never stand for that. Well, my husband went out and bought me this stuffed Mama cat and kittens. The attach to her belly via magnets. Aren't they cute?!?!?!
My cat has fallen in love with them. See pics below.
To take care of some unfinished business, I was going to show you a pair of pants from Burda that I was working on. Well, they were a failure, so I just threw them in the garbage can. I still want to make a pair that fits, but I think they are harder than jackets, at least for me, and I don't find them to be fun to sew. I have something to show you very soon, another anthropologie knock off.
I hope all of you have a blessed 2011!!!