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Islander system jacket

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front, buttoned up

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Sew Better, Sew Faster: Garment Industry Secrets taught by Janet Pray

Sew more quickly and efficiently, without sacrificing quality, once you’ve learned Janet Pray's garment industry secret techniques.

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Category Sewing
Type Clothing
Sizing Women
Style Casual
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What materials did you use? Linen/rayon blend

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What are you most proud of? Although I had a lot of problems with my machine handling embroidery thread for topstiching, I really like the final result. I'm proud of the whole jacket, this is the first item of clothing I sew in more than 12 years. I'm getting back in the saddle and it feels good. I only used 5 pins for the entire project and my seams have never been so accurate!

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What advice would you give someone starting this project? Go for it! It's a great class!

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Great Job!!

10/01/2013 Flag

Hi Michele, You have done a fabulous jacket and I am so glad you are back sewing after 12 years. The style of this jacket is a drop shoulder, so I would not recomend much adjustment and the bust is fitting you well. The dart has been moved to the hemline. That is why the hem slopes downward in the front. If you feel you need a little more room in the bust area just add a slight amount to the side seam allowance. 1/4" on each side will give you 1/2' more ease in the bust.You might want to lengthen the jacket about 2 inches.

10/01/2013 Flag

Thank you so much for the advice! 2 inches is exactly how much I thought I would lengthen the jacket, I'm tall, so it does look a bit short on me. The bust area has plenty of ease, I thought the dart would help get rid of the excess fabric coming from under the arm but that also may be caused by the fact that I have really narrow slopy shoulders....I'm working or figuring this out! :)

10/01/2013 Flag

Love the fabric and embellishment - looks great on you. Neat class isn't it?

10/03/2013 Flag

wanted to share my appreciation for the tips, comments which really are helpful... thanks!

10/04/2013 Flag

My Pleasure! Janet

10/04/2013 Flag

Great job. Your jacket looks great.

10/06/2013 Flag

Awaiting my pattern in the mail. But you have inspired me to try embroidering the back, as I was going to use a remnant baby blue fabric I bought for "practice"...it would certainly turn my boring fabric into something cool. Would have to topstitch in a baby blue to not make it overly busy I guess, but I would still get topstitching practice...thanks!

01/28/2014 Flag

Oh wow, thank you for saying I inspired you, it's always wonderful to inspire someone :) Have fun making your jacket, this class is so wonderful!

01/31/2014 Flag