Back in February I decided to join in the Ziggi Jacket Sew-Along hosted by the very talented and incredibly patient ladies from Sew Maris and Stacy Sews. I was very diligent and ordered the pattern, picked out my fabric from The Remnant Warehouse and found all FIVE metal zips that I needed. I even got as far as pre-washing my denim TWICE …but after that I got a bit stalled.
Yes, this pattern is a little out of my league and that’s definitely more zips than I’ve ever put into a single garment. But I’ve wanted to do a biker jacket for so long now, this pattern looks awesome and I am am hoping that under the guidance of Maris and Stacy I can make it through. And I’m always up for a challenge, right?
Since I’d gone to all the effort of getting all the right bits and a jacket is quite a special piece, I wanted to do it right. And so took the extra step of making a toile – Ok so I didn’t do it 100% right because I used an old sheet for the toile rather than ‘similar weight fabric’ as I know I’m supposed to. But I wasn’t about to go buy and wash MORE denim and I figured any toile was better than none. And I’m glad I did make up a mock jacket as I picked up a few fitting issues that, thanks to Anita my pattern-making teacher, I managed to translate back onto the pattern for a more personalised fitting.
Next up was figuring out the cutting out of all the hundreds of pieces. Since I had chosen striped demin, there was added complexity as I had to work out the orientation of the stripes that I wanted on each of the panels. I haven’t gone completely wild but I’m excited to see how it turns out.
When I FINALLY got to actually sewing on my real fabric,I was over the moon. With the help of Sew Maris’ brilliant tutorial on the collar, I now have a collar! Woohoo!
I know…doesn’t look like much does it? But I feel like it’s taken a long time to get to this point AND I’ve actually started :-).
Needless to say, I’m miles behind the others on the Sew-Along. Maris and Stacy are galavanting around in their most beautiful completed jackets and I’m still fumbling around with zips and pockets. In fact, I was hoping to get a little further tonight but, as pointed out by Maris, the pocket bags don’t quite match the zip lengths I bought :-(. So I’m going to have to redraft and recut a few more pieces before I can get going again.
Oh well, Onward and upward!