Sunday, September 13, 2009

I can see the light at the end of the tunnel...

After 2 weeks (and more hand sewing than I've ever done), it's a jacket! During the last week, I've stitched all the lining seams closed, which actually didn't take nearly as long as I thought it would. That's been one of the big "ah-ha!" moments of this project: that handstitching doesnt' take as long as you think, and it can be a strong, durable (yet, invisible) thing.
Yesterday's job was attaching the sleeves (by hand, of course), and closing the lining over those seams. It took all day! Getting around the curves and working in the ease were the trickiest parts. I finally decided that is might be couture, but my first try won't be perfect!
So I only have a few steps left! Add the trim, close the raw edges, add the pockets, and attach the chain. I think I can, I think I can, I think I can...


  1. It is stunning and your pictures are lovely!!!!! Keep going!!!!!

  2. Learning and making progress and such a wonderful jacket. All good things. Looking great. - Myrna

  3. I like your ah-ha moment. When you think about it, before the sewing machine was invented, clothes were sewn by hand.

    I can't wait to see your finished jacket. It looks so nice.

  4. Gorgeous! I am so impressed by all your hard work. I have also tried to sew a sleeve in by hand as you described - it's very fiddly - too much fullness to evenly attatch...