Jacket is made of 2 layers of medium weight organic cotton. Outer layer is a burgundy and inner layer is a pink. I used the AC paisley stencil with a deep red paint. Reverse appliqued with perle cotton in red and backstitched. I purposely did not cut away the appliqued areas of the stencil in the upper areas of the sleeve because I really like the contrast of the painted/stitched with the cut away areas. Also I did quite a bit of altering to the pattern before doing the AC version. I removed about 2 inches of fullness in the front and through the shawl collar and I straightened out the bottom edge
as I didn't like the points at the bottom. Before altering I felt like the jacket was just way too big and bulky in the front - which is an area of my body I didn't want to add extra bulk :>) I worked on this for about 2 months. I enjoyed the stitching but was really ready to get it done!
Q&A with Sylviaquilts
Sylvia, beautiful job! It seems like the projects here are winding down, not many are posting anymore
Yes, I was late finding the class. Didn't take the class till late October. So I didn't start this till late November. I am completely obsessed with the AC style however. I am working on 2 more jackets right now.
Sylvia - it's lovely. This jacket is very time consuming I know. You have done a great job - I especially like the fact that you have left some stencilled elements uncut. I hope that students of this class continue to post projects - it's inspiring to see other peoples ideas. Enjoy your coat! By the way, did you crochet your snap? I must learn how to do that.
Thank you so much! Yes I did crochet the snap. I just kept testing until I got it to fit/look right. I used the same perle cotton that I used for the backstitching. It's kind of like crocheting a tiny little beret.
This jacket is really beautifully done, handwork exquisite and excellent use of color imo. Also, I love how you have done the back - altering it to what I think I would like better as well. I have watched the entire process - now to actually sew it. I honestly don't think I will hand sew it at all - I don't have that kind of time. I am going to do most of it on the machine - am I a traitor?! I know I will end up with a different garment than what is done here, but that is fine with me. I have learned so much anyway.
Yes, I made a test jacket and really felt I needed to do the altering on it and am really happy I did. And I have to tell you a little secret. I sewed all of the seams together on the machine. then I did all of the felling by hand. I'm happy with how it looks, and yes, it still took a lot of time. I certainly wouldn't think your a traitor :>) I think everyone has to choose what works best for them!