Friday, December 08, 2006

The completed jacket experiment

Tada!!
Well, here it is the completed jacket experiment. This jacket actually turned out a lot better than I thought it would I must admit :)

What do you think??

I did the cuffs again like I did on my Christmas jacket. You can see the method here. As per my husband's advice I added an oriental style collar to the jacket. I lined the collar with interfacing but I think that I should have put some batting in it so that the thickness would be the same as the jacket.

I really like the way that the red flows across the jacket so well and how the sleeves are incorporated into the overall design. I also like the way that the two sides of the front are joined together. I quilted it in red cotton thread in a whatever I felt like doing sort of pattern :) I like quilting that way a lot. I do a few waves, some flames, some spirals maybe some bursts etc and it is done. Since I wasn't sure if I would actually like the jacket :) I just let loose and did what I felt like.



Here's how I did this one. I opened up the sweatshirt only under the arms and left the sleeves on. I spray basted the sweatshirt to the jacket using 505 Spray baste and then I cut away the ecess fabric under the arms. Then I turned it over and quilted it. I have to say that quilting the jacket was more difficult this way since I had the huge seams on the arms to try and quilt over. This was a huge drawback of doing this method. Another drawback is how much of the quilt top got cut away and wasted; however, if you have a top that is already made like I had it is a great way to use it up.

Here's a closeup of the neck hole in the sweatshirt. This was also hard to manouver since I had to bunch it up a bit and pin it down to keep it from shifting. I wanted the neck to be right in the centre of the red spiral and it gave the jacket a neat effect.

After I finished quilting the jacket I trimmed away the excess fabric, cut up the centre of the front, cut off the ribbing at the neck and sewed up the seams under the arms.

All in all I am pretty happy with the way that it turned out and I think that for a $0.50 purchase at a yard sale it's pretty nice. I think that it would be really funny to be walking down the street wearing it one day and have someone stop me and say "Hey that's my quilt!!"

10 comments:

joyce said...

I love the way it turned out! It may have been a bit more of a problem quilting it but it really shows off the patch you used to great advantage. I have bought a thrift shop sweater to try this technique. It might be more fun than finhishing the quilt I am working on right now. Stay tuned.

Andi said...

It looks awesome! Definitely a yard sale treasure.

Katrina said...

Joyce when you finish your jacket make sure that you post here to let us know b/c I want to see it :)

Nancy said...

Tada! is right. It is stunnng.

paula, the quilter said...

I read back a couple of posts to see what you were doing. I think your jacket turned out great! I need to go back to mine and fix those (too short) sleeves the way you did. Thanks.

Patti said...

Oh my, that would be very funny! And the next words out of her mouth might be "Can I buy it back from you?" It turned out so neat! I love it for the same reasons you do - the way the two front halves match up so perfectly in the center and the way the design flows from front to sleeves to back. This looks like a designer jacked you'd pay big bucks for. Please have someone take a picture of you wearing it. I know I'd love to wear this!

Pam said...

It looks absolutely wonderful. I agree that it is so great how it comes together in the front when done up. Great job. Well worth the 50 cents!

Pam said...

It looks absolutely wonderful. I agree that it is so great how it comes together in the front when done up. Great job. Well worth the 50 cents!

Susan said...

It's fabulous. It's probably the best 50 cents you ever spent, after you spent hours of time putting it together. =) You'll have something great to wear and everyone will be so, like, where can I get one? (tongue in cheek)

Jenni @ Fairybread said...

What a great idea, and it turned out well. Your husband was right on the money with the collar too.