Sunday, 28 June 2015

Croc denim & furniture spray

At least five years ago I bought this croc-resin stretch woven denim locally with a zipper jacket in mind. And here it is.
Whoops. 
Before I show you the fabric, let me show you my sewing tools of choice. 
I used lots of furniture spray, a teflon foot, a denim needle and wonderclips to sew the fabric.
You can see the teflon foot and wonder clips used on the collar.
You can't smell the 'Mr Sheen' used to help the fabric flow and be sewn easily.
My fingers ached trying to pin this fabric together, so wonderclips made sewing easier.
McCalls 4596 jacket. I first made this pattern up in 2008.
Here's a close up view of the collar and lining. The fabric has some stretch which was both good and bad. The slight fabric stretch is basically good once it's made up and you wear it.
However I did use pins to get the sleeve in so the puckers at the shoulder line look like small even pleats. I trimmed the seam allowances everywhere I could for better shaping.
I used the denim fabric on the pocket at the jacket seam.
Here's the side view so you can see the final close up.

The back shaping is nothing to look at on the hanger. When I saw this photo I realised the lining in the right sleeve was too short, so I unpicked it and handsewed the sleeve lining in place, and the sleeve now hangs 'naturally'.

Why did I make this jacket now?

I wanted a wild-looking jacket to go with my highland inspired dress but it was so cold on the day, I ended up wearing a coat instead.
The back shoulder width gives me room to move and it's a good layering piece.
I can safely say this jacket is great for travel.
This was my go-to jacket in Canberra this weekend for CBR Frocktails. Fab weekend ladies!

6 comments:

Amanda Adams said...

This is such an ace jacket, Maria! I had no idea it was powered by Mr Sheen!

Kyle said...

WOW! What a jacket! You are churning out the AMAZING pieces!

Margo Bergman said...

Great piece Maria! Very chic.

Scruffybadgertime said...

Totally amazing, that fabric is incredible and I love what you've done with it. Great sewing tips too!! Will have to remember that ( I was thinking Mr sheen could also be used for cleaning machine as when I sew denim sometimes it leaves indigo staining even after a pre wash!!)

Michelle said...

I've seen this jacket "in the flesh" twice now and I still can't get over the fact it is denim, and you sewed it! Except you're brilliant at what you do so of COURSE you sewed it! mr Sheen is a genius idea. There is also a slip and slide kind of sticky sheet you can put on your sewing machine under the needle. Quilters use it. I have one. Never used it. Helpful aren't I? ;)

Diana Deap said...

Another great looking and edgy jacket!! Love it!

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