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Thursday, October 20, 2011

Coming Together (Peony Vest)

It's my birthday and I'll sew if I want to
Sew if I want to
Sew if I want to...

If you got the musical reference, that means you're probably as old as I am ;-D
I was even wearing my hair in a Lesley Gore-type flip back then!
(Note:  this is Lesley - not me!  I was cuter)
:::looks at ceiling, whistles:::
I'm spending the day sewing as much as I can, and plan to breathe in blessings with every breath I take, and breathe out a smile of gratitude - if I can remember to do that all day, then I could not possibly hope for a better day :)

And the peony vest is cooperating!  :)  (mostly) We've been getting along famously well, with a bit of back-tracking here & there, but I'm carrying on, slowly, and calmly, with plenty of forgiveness for any mistakes's amazing what a difference a patient attitude can make in forging a solid relationship.  ;-)

Diane Ericson's instructions continues to create some confusion, and I've found that the best solution is to read them through & figure them out as best I can....then muddle through in my own way.    One thing to be aware of is that she bounces forward & backward with construction steps.   A couple of examples:

The instructions to pull the lining piece out of the way of the pocket comes in the step AFTER she has you start to sew the pocket on.
Instructions about sewing the lining on to the side pieces come in the step AFTER you sew the side piece on to the front piece.
The illustrations sometimes show pieces sewn together; sometimes they're separate....even though they might already be sewn together.

I unpicked one entire seam just because I had blithely sewn it up while trying to figure out just how the lining was supposed to work......and then realized I had meant to install piping in that seam.   My bad, but the confusion about the construction process led me astray.  A more experienced sewist than I probably would have been able to envision everything at the beginning.  Even though the construction bones are really close to being done on my vest, I'm STILL figuring out the details of what to do when!

One thing I've learned is that I have a LOT to learn about linings!  How to choose the best fabric match, how & when to install it, remembering to stay stitch fray-prone bits (especially when it gets handled and fussed over as much as I tend to do!)

However, I've definitely improved my piping installation technique.  Here's how I'm doing it at this stage:

Add a strip of Steam-A-Seam to the edge of the leather,
lay the piping on top, measuring the stitch line (5/8" in this case)
I didn't want to run the piping over the shoulder seam,
so I cut  it just before the seam, pulled out a bit of the cord & snipped it off.
Pulled the piping over to the edge,
so that it will be sewn into the seam.  
The piping on the left (between the gold fabric & the pigskin) shows the resulting look.
After laying the abutting fabric on top of the piping,
I sewed close to the piping with a zipper foot.
(I don't have a cording foot....I'll look into that)
The unpicker is only in the shot to show how I'm sewing

with the zipper foot as close as possible to the piping. 
Where we're at right now
I'm very happy with the way everything's coming together.....wish me luck at keeping it going!  And I hope your relationships are sailing smoothly as well...

Slow and steady......


glorm said...

Happy Birthday to you, happy birthday to you, happy birthday, dear JillyBe. Happy Birthday to you. (musical note icon).

Geez, was "It's My Party" that long ago? Yikes.

I'm very happy to hear that your relationship is back on track. Have fun sewing today. Of course, it's your day and you can do what you want.

I raise my glass of Pepsi in your honor.

Martha said...

Wow! I will raise my diet coke to you, Jilly! I am very impressed with your design eye, as well as careful technique. Nicely done!

Margy said...

Happy Birthday, Jilly! It sounds like you're spending your special day just as you want to...what could be better?

The vest is looking good!

kbenco said...

Happy Birthday. Your vest is looking terrific and your cartoon made me laugh.

Andrea said...

Happy Birthday, Jilly! Your picture is so pretty. ;) Mom and I used to sing that song all the time.

The vest is looking great!!!

Jilly Be said...

Thanks, everyone, for the birthday songs & wishes :D And the comments on the vest. I've made progress today, & I'm still happy with it, but now I'm starting to think of ways to embellish it a bit....yes, it's going to take awhile, this one....

Andrea, I realized I needed to clarify - that pic is Lesley Gore, not me! But thanks for the compliment anyway ;-D

shams said...

I hope your day was wonderful, JillyBe! (It sounds like it was. :) )

Lynne Williams said...

Your progress is looking great:) It won't be long now:) I agree that Diane's instructions can be quite confusing, they are more about the creative options then the actual construction, because she likes to design each garment segment at a time and then assemble...the reverse of how most of us were taught to approach garment construction.

Sew Fun

gwensews said...

Happy Belated BD! And I do remember your musical reference! Loving your Peony!

j.kaori said...

Happy belated birthday! I hope you had a wonderful day!

Dixie said...

Jillybe, bestest birthday wishes to you! Today, I celebrate you. I'm so glad you're on the planet, and that our paths crossed.
PS The vest looks great!

Jilly Be said...

Thank you so much for the delightful birthday wishes, everyone!

Lynne; that was a very helpful comment about doing the embellishing on the pattern parts before putting it together. I don't quite have my eye developed to see what needs to be done before putting things together & seeing how they hang, but just the concept of basting some of the bits, & then embellishing before the final sewing, is a much more logical way of doing things.

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday and all my best wishes. X

Judi Pinkham said...

Jilly...Thank you for your posts, pics and pattern info! I am going to make Marcy's Vogue 8712 in fleece...haven't made it before. I was going to make a 12 until I saw your post from last year with the same I'm going to make a 10. Marcy is so inspirational and so are you!
Your mom has to come first now. I retired from the telephone company in '97 to take care of my parents who were 87. My dad died in '98...I took care of my mom for 5 years. I can tell you...from the bottom of my heart...I do not have any regrets and you won't either! ...Judi in SD

Jilly Be said...

Judi, that is the sweetest message! Thank you for your words - they really mean a lot, and put a big smile on my face :)

It's been close to 5 years for us, and although there have been a lot of emotions, regret has not been on the table once. :)

Have fun with the Marcy pants - I've made 3 versions, (1 in fleece) and I still love them all! I would love to see someone else's version in fleece....