July 2, 2014

Carpet Jacket: Fusibly Tailored

Thanks everyone for your lovely thoughts in my last post about this jacket and my need for a bit of a catharsis through the making of it. I'm plugging away and since several of you wanted behind the scenes, here I am giving you some. I opted to use my rub-off jacket pattern from this particular jacket. I just love that jacket pattern so much! So glad I finally made a pattern from this favorite jacket and forced myself to make it already (remember that green number?)! I haven't really changed anything this time around but I'm planning on adding an extra detail that I haven't tried before and that's piping around the lapels, down the front and around the collar. I'm also planning on welt pockets with a flap this time around too.

Originally I had picked a different jacket pattern to sew, but I was woefully unimpressed with the muslin, so here I am back in "tried and true" territory and with this lovely lovely fabric, I feel really good about that. I opted for fusible tailoring (this means I'm using a fusible interfacing) and I'm feeling pretty good about this decision too. Granted I could have gone the hand route with this fabric and all, but I just wasn't feeling like it.

You can see here that the jacket fronts have been interfaced and I've taped the roll lines and edges and gone ahead and done bound buttonholes. I opted to use the leftover scraps from these wool pants for the buttonhole lips and am planning on using it in a couple other places too. It's a lightweight navy wool broadcloth and is working out perfectly with what I have in mind for this jacket.

Also to give you an idea, since the jacket back piece of this jacket is shaped with a center back seam, this is how I do a "back stay" if you will with fusible interfacing. The important part here is that across the back and in the armscye, these areas are reinforced with interfacing. And then I also do a fusible interfacing in the hem area.

Hopefully this gives you some ideas for tailoring a jacket. Personally, I am a fan of fusible interfacings, but you definitely have to have the right interfacing for the job here. These professional grade interfacings really are wonderful and I've been terribly happy with using them in the past. They also make the jacket process a little faster, and sometimes I go for that and sometimes I don't. It does depend on the fabric choice too. All in all, this a nerd-tacular post, but I hope it gives you a little peek into the behind the scenes of me tailoring a jacket. I'll give you a few more peeks in the ensuing days ahead. Enjoy!
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