Last fall I began working on the McCall’s 5190 (out of print) jacket. I fell in love with this jacket from a local boutique, but the thing retailed at $839. That’s $839!!! So, I decided, “I can make that.”
But somewhere among house hunting, closing, moving, and settling in, I let this project (and others) fall by the wayside. And with all of the proper detailing, I think I bit off a bit more than I could chew; the project was just way over my head (or so I thought).
No lie, my sewing mojo was in hibernation for the past six months. Other interests took over, and I just couldn’t seem to get my desire back. In a perpetual state of planning, I’ve been on a sort of fabric binge in preparation for when my desire to sew returned. I also think a steady diet of Project Runway jump started my creativity again.
Well, I think it has. And this jacket serves as my foray back into the sewing world. As a side note, this post is for my coworker who doesn’t believe I’m back in the sewing game.
ETA: I used faux nubuck leather for the jacket and brocade for the lining. It’s fairly easy to work with. I’m using a 100/16 needle for imitation leather and scrap fabric as a press cloth to press the seams.
Here’s the progress so far. Click on the pictures to enlarge.
I found this new (to me) bound buttonhole technique from Stitch in My Side that I quite like. Bound buttonholes are difficult anyway, but this method cuts out some of the tedious steps for a very neat and polished result.
My goal is to finish this jacket by this weekend. I’ll keep you posted!