Army Fatigue Jacket Made Cozy, Cozy, Cozy.

Army Fatigue Jacket Unzipped

Army Fatigue Coat Front Zipped and OpenThis month’s challenge for The Monthly Stitch was to sew something from a sewing book.  I have SO many sewing books, where to start?  Actually, I began with Gertie’s New Book For Better Sewing, and am at work on a project from it as well as a review.  Next, I also have the sewing book, Twinkle Sews and began work on a project from there, in addition to a review of the book.Army Fatigue Jacket Hands in Pockets

Sew Stylish Magazine Front and Back

Sew Stylish Magazine, Fall 2013

But then, the latest issue of Sew Stylish came out (Fall, 2013) and right on the back cover was a photo of an army fatigue jacket with the pattern and instructions included in the magazine.  So, since it is officially snowing here and I happened to be VERY cold at the time of purchase, I immediately went to work making the jacket out of a cozy wool blend, that feels soft, like a sweater blanket.

Army Fatigue Jacket Front and BackI opted not to add the inner drawstring channel and cord, since I thought it looked crisper and more tailored without it.Army Fatigue Jacket Front collar down"Model Pose"....or something....Work with me

“Model Pose”….or something….Work with me

I wanted to bind all the edges in the fuchsia pink, but this type of fabric has thick woolen threads weaved into it in order to create the flecks of colour and it raveled as the long threads separated from the raw edges almost immediately. Jacket Fabric and Separating ZipperSewing on the bias tape then resulted in many failed attempts as the threads pulled from the edges of the fabric, taking the bias tape with them.

Mah Bias Binding Matches Mah Mittens

Mah Bias Binding Matches Mah Mittens

But, I did manage to attach the bias binding to the edges that mattered, ie, the facing and hem, areas that you would see easily if the jacket were unzipped.  The remaining raw edges were over-locked.

Bam!  Fuchsia binding.

Bam! Fuchsia bias binding

The jacket has a long two-way separating zipper, (i.e., it can unzip from the bottom and the top) and deeeeeeeep patch pockets.

Warm, cozy, deep patch pockets

Warm, cozy, deep patch pockets

Some notes on enlarging pattern pieces:  First, number both the sides and top and bottom of the grid on each pattern piece.  Next, photocopy each pattern piece separately, then trim around the outside of the piece.

Fatigue Jacket Pattern PiecesThis way, when you go to enlarge the pieces and need to tape the multiple pages together, you can easily match the corresponding numbers on the top and sides of the grid.  You can also opt to copy the pieces either bigger or smaller than the intended size.  I photocopied mine so that each square was 6/8″ instead of the intended 1″ square, in order to shrink the overall size of the pattern.

Snow.  Wheeee!!!!

Snow. Wheeee!!!!

Snow WheeeeAre free magazine sewing patterns recommended?  It depends on what you are attempting to make.  Simple items, where little can go wrong are likely better than something with more complicated pieces.  Also, I don’t think the same amount of editing, thought and care goes into the instructions and pattern drafting for the free magazine patterns as there would be for independent or larger pattern company patterns, and therefore errors can definitely result.  For this jacket, one of the diagrams was wrong, causing me to insert the zipper backwards.  (I had to re-do the whole thing and it’s a 32″ zip!)  I also made my cape out of a free magazine pattern and found that the instructions to enlarge it were wrong.  I would recommend that you not be a complete beginner and have some sewing experience before you use one of the free magazine patterns.  That way, you can tell beforehand if/when there is an error and correct it.

Army Fatigue Jacket Unzipped

Hello Kitty!  In his sweater knit by Gramma.

Hello Kitty! In his sweater knit by Gramma.

Stay tuned for Blogpost Part 2, which I will post next week, where I will have, hopefully, completed the two projects from Gertie’s and Twinkle’s sewing books.  Edit:  Both completed and blogged here!

Kitty Photobombed

Sweater-Kitty Photo-bombed

Superhero Checklist: Cape…check. Pantone Fall 2013 Colours…check

Cape and Collar Scarf TieThose wonderful and talented kids from Wellington have done it again and now Kat, Mel and Juliet have created The Monthly Stitch where a new sewing challenge is issued monthly.  The August 2013 Challenge was to sew a cape!  I have always, always, always wanted a cape.  I’ve never sewn one, never worn one, never owned one.  So, this was the perfect opportunity to Make It So.  There have already been some fantastic makes in this challenge, it was very inspiring to see the cape in all its forms.Cape Front View CollageI used a pattern by Christine Haynes from a Quick Stuff to Sew, Winter 2011 magazine that I had. Quick Stuff To Sew Magazine ArticleI loved the deep side slits as they allow for range of motion, i.e., you can actually move about and DO things while wearing your cape.  There were some issues with enlarging the pattern.  If you followed the 980% instructions, then the 1 inch squares became too big.  So, I wasn’t sure which was correct, enlarging to 980% or having the squares measure to 1″.  In the end, I tried on the ‘paper muslin’ and enlarged it to a size that worked for me.Collar Tie and Cape ViewAnd, more exciting news, the Sew Weekly Challenge has returned!  I had not even begun sewing yet when they were blogging and issuing sewing challenges the first time around, so I’m delighted to be able to participate now.  The August 2013 Sew Weekly Challenge was to make something out of the Pantone Fall 2013 Colours. 2013-Fall-Color-Trend-PantoneThe colour I chose for the cape is called Vivacious and the fabric is a medium/heavy wool blend.  According to the Pantone Fashion Color Report, Fall, 2013:

Vivacious is an unruly and wildly deep fuchsia, and adds an ebullient sensuality to the palette.

Sounds too fabulous, yes?  How could I possibly resist the lure of that?!Cape BackCape and Collar Tie Side View I underlined each cape piece in a deep navy/indigo bemberg lining fabric and finished off all raw edges with navy bias tape.

Navy/Indigo Bemberg Underlining and Bias Taped Edges

Navy/Indigo Bemberg Underlining and Bias Taped Edges

Cape Open CollageI was originally going to make 1″ bias tape for the necktie, as the pattern called for, out of navy fabric to match the lining, but being part of a Pantone Colour Challenge, it began to feel a bit one-dimensional.  So, I chose this lovely silky smooth cotton which incorporated the Pantone colours: Vivacious Pink, Acai Purple, Linden Green, Deep Lichen Green and Carafe, all together.  Cape Collar Tie FabricThe colour combination of pinks/purples/greens and olive-brown complement each other so beautifully.  Pantone Fall 2013 Colours UsedColour Theory:

On the colour wheel, the Vivacious shade of pink (red/violet) is opposite the Linden green-yellow shade and is ‘complementary’.  Side ViewThis pairing creates contrast and keeps things lively and animated.  The acai purple (violet) is adjacent to the pink on the colour wheel, (these are called ‘analogous’ colours), which creates harmony and mellows things out.  The two greens are also analogous to one another, lending a calming effect.  ColourWheelThere is a mix of warm and cool colours which ensure the palette doesn’t become too one-dimensional.  The olive-brown colour is actually what you would get if you ‘mixed’ all these colours together and, therefore, fits effortlessly into the colour scheme.  The indigo/navy lining has enough purple in it to coordinate with these colours, and is also analogous to the acai purple/violet colour.  It is a very deep and dark shade, and so creates a grounding effect and provides a good backdrop for the other colours. This is what I’m hoping, anyway.  It all sounds good.  ;)

One Tie Over Shoulder Collage

One Tie Over Shoulder

Both Ties Over Shoulder

Both Ties Over Shoulder

For the collar/tie piece, I wanted something more lush than bias tape, so I interfaced the fabric with a fleece, to make it thick and cozy and similar in weight and thickness to the cape fabric.  I then cut and sewed two rectangles together with angled ends and just sewed it to the cape, all the way around the top.  Cape Closures and Collar Tie 2I had no idea how to make a collar/tie like this, just had a vision of what I hoped it to look like, but it did seem to work out well!  By adding this style of tie, it creates different options for wearing it and is also warmer.  I also wanted the cape to stay closed so sewed on some metal closures down the front.  And, what do these metal closures look like?  Little capes!  :)

Cat Bombed On the PhotoSet Collage

Who Let The Cat On the Set?? CAT ON THE PHOTO SET!!!

No Treats?  I'm Gone....

No Treats? I’m Gone….

And, the very best part of having a cape instead of a form-fitting jacket??  There’s always room for one more…  Always Room For One More

Kitty Picks a Winner!!!! (Eventually…)

So, the draw has taken place and Kitty has selected a winner!  Here is a rundown of how it happened:

  1. Cards were made with the names and favourite sewing/crafting magazines of all 20 participants.Entrant Cards
  2. Cards were gathered together and shuffled, supervised by Kitty.gathering the cardsShuffling the Cards
  3. Cards were randomly placed around a bench in a circle, also supervised by Kitty.laying out the cardskitty looking ridiculously cute
  4. Kitty’s job is now to leap off of the bench and land on a card, thereby selecting the winner!  Go Kitty!!!
    Kitty takes his time, thinking of the best plan of attack

    Kitty takes his time, deliberating the best plan of attack

    delicately stepping around cards

  5. Kitty leaps off the bench, delicately stepping around all cards, not so much as even brushing gently against one.  Nice footwork Kitty.  Sadly, not the point of the exercise.
  6. Excitement is palpable when Kitty looks like he is going to pick a winner!!!!excitement is palpable
  7. Nope, false alarm, Kitty is back up on the bench to peruse life from a higher vantage point.  nope, back on bench
  8. Kitty ponders where to go next.  For many, many, many minutes.  Aren’t you glad we didn’t videotape this??looking to get ready
  9. Then, like the skies opening up and letting out the glorious sunshine, Kitty prepares to leap once again!
  10. And then….BAM!!!!  Kitty goes for it!!  We are fairly confident that this WILL BE an Olympic event at the next Olympics.  You heard it here first.  BAMM kitty goes for itKitty Nails it
  11. KITTY NAILS IT!!!! He lands with a paw smack down on a card!!
  12. Kitty’s assistant turns over the winning card.Who is the Winner  Who will it be??  The anticipation is absolutely nerve wracking ……
  13. And the winner is…………………….And the winner is
  14. Congratulations Lori Harris!!!  You are the winning entrant!
  15. Kitty’s work here is done…..kitty's work here is doneNice work Kitty!Winner
    Congratulations Winner

    “Big day. Must nap now”

    Thank you to everybody who participated!  We’ve enjoyed meeting you.  There will be more giveaways in the near future, so please be sure to sign up and try your luck again!  Kitty looks forward to it.

‘Giveaway’ Participants and A Sensational Sewing Magazine List!

The Sew it All Magazine Giveaway is now closed.  There was a total of 20 entrants.  They are listed below (in no particular order) along with their favourite sewing / crafting magazine and I included a link to the magazine’s website.

Have a look and see if your favourite magazine is on the list.  If not, please add it to the comments section.  I would like an inventory of a variety of sewing and crafting magazines that perhaps some of us have never heard of, but that come highly recommended.

The results of the draw will be posted Tuesday, January 15, 2013. The draw will also be performed in a unique and, likely, highly amusing fashion, so you’ll want to check back for the pictures and play-by-play, and, of course, for the winner.  It should be fun!  I will also message the winner directly.  Thank you to everybody for participating!

Sew it All Magazine Giveaway Entrants and Magazine List:

  1. Toni (Threads)
  2. Alice Goins (Sew it All)
  3. ThingsForBoys (Burdastyle)
  4. Sew Exhausted (Burdastyle; The Quilter Magazine)
  5. Belinda (has not read one yet)
  6. Debbie Lauzon (Sew it All)
  7. Linda S (Just Cross Stitch)
  8. Pillows A-La-Mode (Quick Stuff to Sew)
  9. Laura (Vogue Knitting)
  10. Lori Harris (Sew Beautiful)
  11. Cheryl (Quilting Arts; Cloth Paper Scissors)
  12. Johanna (Allt om Handarbete somnad – Swedish; Burdastyle; Ottobre – Swedish)
  13. Inna (Threads; Ottobre for Kids – European)
  14. Carmencitabs (Marie Claire Idées- French)
  15. Fiona (Sew Magazine – UK; Threads; Homemaker – UK)
  16. Judith (Australian Stitches; Threads; Burdastyle)
  17. Chadha (Vogue Magazine; Sewing Today’s Vogue Patterns; Cloth Paper Scissors; Tilda – Norway; Melly and Me – New Zealand)
  18. VivJm (Quilting Arts; Quiltmania)
  19. Lisa A (Fons and Porter’s Love of Quilting; The Quilter Magazine)
  20. Helena (Burdastyle)

Good Luck to Everybody!!

Gjeometry’s Picks:  Sew News; Stitch Craft Create; Sew Stylish; Stitch; Where Women Create

Readers’ Picks:  Knitscene; Love of Knitting

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GIVEAWAY….Giveaway…..giveaway….(enter now)

Hello fellow sewists, DIYers, fashionistas and crafters.  I’d like to keep the gift giving going well into January and share some sewing knowledge with all of you through a copy of Sew it All Magazine.

I have the latest issue of Sew it All, Volume 5 to give away this month.  So, if you don’t yet have a copy, Enter Now to Win!!!

Volume 5, January 2013

Sew It All Volume 5, January 2013

I received two copies for Christmas and couldn’t think of anybody with who I’d rather share the double copy.  Just leave a comment below telling us “what is your favourite Sewing or Crafting magazine?”  Good Luck to All!  Entries close Sunday January 13th, 2013 so get your comments in before Monday January 14th.

I will draw and post the lucky winner here on my blog as well as message the winner (either through their blog or via email, so be sure that I am able to get in touch with you).

Don’t forget to “like” Gjeometry’s page on Facebook and follow the blog to keep updated!