Sunday, April 12, 2009

Weekend Project: Further Fuschia

The Monks of Cool, whose tiny and exclusive monastery is hidden in a really cool and laid-back valley in the lower Ramtops, have a passing-out test for a novice. He is taken into a room full of all types of clothing and asked: Yo, my son, which of these is the most stylish thing to wear? And the correct answer is: Hey, whatever I select.
-- from "Lords and Ladies"
-- by Terry Pratchett

And what Monk of Cool wouldn't select a fuschia fake-fur jacket?

Yes, I've made some progress on my niece's jacket this weekend. The instructions for the yoke lining were a bit new to me, so I photographed the steps. After attaching the front lining pieces along the front edges, the instructions had me attach the outer layers at the shoulder seams and sides. Then it had me complete and attach the collar:

On the inside, you can see that the lining is attached in the front...

But not in back...

Next, the instructions had me open out the lining and connect the front and back lining pieces along the shoulder seams.

Then I folded the lining onto the jacket fabric - right sides together - and stitched along the neck edge.

Trim the curves and flip it right side out - ta da! Front (inside) view:

Back (inside) view:

The last step was to flip up the lower edges of the yoke lining and stitch them to the main fabric. Again - front (inside) view:

And back:

Of course, all of those pictures are with the jacket inside-out. Turn it right-side out, and there is only the slightest hint of the colorful flowered fabric lining! ;)

I'm getting close to finishing now - only the sleeves, hem, buttons & buttonholes are left. After this, a top for my other niece - also bright pink (stretch with sequins!) and a cool fake leopard fur trim! ;)

At this rate, I may make it into the Monks of Cool "Hall of Fame"! ;)


gwensews said...

Those are interesting instructions for the yoke finish. Kind, sorta like the burrito technique, but more like a taco! You are going to be the "coolest" aunt!

SunnyQ said...

It looks great! Can't wait to see the leopard tights paired with it!! :-D