I admit it: sometimes the blog title comes first and then I write the post to match it. I think you'll agree, "The Vinyl Frontier" beats first runner-up, "The Vinyl Solution."
I have not made a whole lot of progress on my vinyl python print jacket. I'm finding the fabric really fiddly to work with and not much fun. I spent way to much time yesterday trying to make decent-looking front patch pockets. But they never looked quite right and seemed to take away from the print, so I ditched them.
Instead, I'm opting for two diagonal zippered pockets. I'm hoping I don't regret it since I'll have to cut through the vinyl. I bought these zippers today at Sil Thread.
I also bought a reversible zipper. It's not two-way -- they didn't have any two-way reversible zippers but I'm assuming such things exist.
If nothing else, I'm learning a lot about zippers and zipper pulls!
The sleeves are attached. Since vinyl doesn't ease, I had to cut the armhole a little deeper to fit the slightly larger sleeve cap. Here's the armsyce seam, not yet pressed (you can press this vinyl with a presscloth).
Here's how things look so far. The fit is fine; the sleeves will need to be shortened roughly 2" and I may take 1" off the length before adding the knit waistband. I wouldn't want the jacket much longer than it appears here.
For the rib knit trim, I'm using pattern pieces from a 1970's Simplicity men's jacket pattern, 9924. I haven't stitched the rib knit on yet though.
And that's it. I don't think I'll be able to finish this over the weekend, but hopefully sometime next week. And then I think I'll put vinyl behind me of a long, long while.
Have a great day, everybody!
Oh, before I forget: Karolyn Kiisel, author of Draping, The Complete Course, will be giving a presentation at the Fashion Institute of Technology bookstore on Tuesday, November 4th @ 6 pm, and it's open to the public (227 West 27th St.). I plan to attend and I hope you will too, if you're local and have an interest. (She'll be demonstrating actual draping techniques.)
When I first started sewing five years ago, I used to shop at two bargain-basement fabric stores on 35th St. One is gone for good and the other seems to have changed hands: I haven't been by in a long time.
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