Type of item: Clothing
Style: Romantic, Traditional, Classic
various cotton fabrics, cotton thread, embroidery thread,, stabilizers, Heat 'N Bond, decorative thread for couching; basic jacket pattern; heat set crystals
What was your inspiration?
I learned many different sewing techniques in a 3-day class - my head was swimming with so much learning! The jacket displays the techniques I learned. It reminded me of a book now out of print by Judy Murrah- Jacket Jazz. A good part of the jacket was made with the Hoffman Challenge fabric of 2011. Since I finished the jacket six months after the deadline for challenge entries, I called it "The Late Fish."
What are you most proud of?
Not only is the jacket finished but I have also worn it!
What advice would you give someone starting this project?
Start with 7 or 8 coordinating fabrics along with a 2-3 yd piece that will be used for the base. The base is really the jacket lining so choose something that matches your other fabrics. I worked almost backwards - I used different techniques (like making a frame for the embroidered fish) first and then decided where to put it. Some of the techniques used were: "clouds" (half circles laid out in a fish scale design); fusible applique (fish on the back), twisted tucks, couching, 3D flowers (made with an embroidery machine), folded origami flowers, prairie points (detail in sleeve), and using decorative stitches on my sewing machine. This is a project that evolves over time - I had sections pinned over jacket pieces on my design wall to help me with placement.