I purchased all four patterns before they were sold individually. A little less than twenty dollars, five dollars per pattern, the jacket is now $12 individually, so it was a good deal!
I went to JoAnn's to pick out fabric for my jacket/coat projects. I got to work on the Study Hall Jacket. For the most part it is looking pretty good. I can see the finish line, as I have almost completed the jacket. I'll just skip to the part that is giving me trouble. I'll do a full post later. Stay tuned.
Here is what I have:
A problem with the rib waistband. Pretty sure it shouldn't look all scrunchy.
Ummm...it doesn't look like the diagram on the instructions.
Having never used ribbing, or making something with a waistband that have corners like this, I am not sure what I did wrong.
I followed instructions as I understood them, followed along with the photos, took my time, read and re-read the instructions.
It doesn't look complicated. I'm fairly certain I can handle this. I just don't know how, I think.
Ohh, the scrunchiness. :(
Here what it looks like when I turn everything right side out. As a whole it looks neat, until you get to the ribbing.
I know I can do better.
Just not sure how to make it better.
I unpicked a few stitches that looked like they were the trouble makers. I haven't turned everything around to see what it looks like. I was tired and went to get ready for bed instead.
Also, what is up with the lining showing up at the bottom of the zipper? *frown* I'm not extremely worried about that at this point.
The unpicked stitches:
Wow, that is not focused very well on the jacket. Sorry. It was getting late, and I was getting too sleepy to pay attention to the photos I was taking.
This is better.
Most of the scrunch has disappeared. I like it a little better, but I worry about the inside. I will go and look at it when I get a chance and hand stitch the holes.
Here is the mostly finished product:
Zipped up. Doesn't look too bad.
An inside peak. Cute!
Full view of the lining.
In order to finish the jacket I need to figure out the waistband thing. Help?. Sew the lining hole that I used to turn the jacket right side out, and finish the cuffs. It's mostly complete and not too shabby on my part, but it needs improvement before I show it to my son. I hope he likes it, too.
I know it's not going to be "perfect". There will be many errors on my part, which I can live with. It makes the finished product more human, and gives me a chance to build up my sewing skills. Errors that no one will really ever notice just looking at it, as long they don't inspect it too much, I can handle those errors. But, when it is extremely noticeable, I have to fix it. I have to know how to fix it as well.
Fix the scrunchiness, make it smoother. Any information, help, advice, tips, strategies...?