Sunday, January 3, 2021

Combining Different Textures for a Jacket


This was a true texture challenge for me.

Did it work?... Well, I felt good about it, so I think that is what counts... I felt like a Silk and Velvet Queen!!


2 Different colors of Velvet Burnout combined with Irridescent Dupioni Silk that was a combination of Teal and Blue at different angles.

I did not have enough of the teal Burnout to make the whole jacket so I found a piece of Very Dark Blue (looked black in some lights) Burnout that was just enough size for a scarf... about a quarter yard or 3/8 yard piece.

I wanted to use it, but it just wasn't right by itself.  I ended up hunting for something at   when I was at work and bought a quarter yard of Irridescent Dupioni Silk thinking I could use it for a trim of some kind.

Nothing looked right by itself... so I used the silk on the cuffs..... and put a trim piece between the two colors at the bottom of the Teal... then added the dark blue.... but still didn't seem together for me... soooooo.... I decided to braid the three fabrics and make an accent trim to pull it together at the edge between the two colors...

Three long strips one of each color when folded in and top stitched make about 1/4 inch strip.

Sew the three together on the end and then braid to make the braid.  This was sewn onto the 1 and 1/4 inch piece of dupioni that separated the Teal and the dark blue burnouts.  This created a trim.

I did a large Covered button of each color and added it at the bottom closure...

I LOVE THESE COVERED BUTTONS.... I also use them for earrings of all sizes... needlenose plyers
and a package of earring backs some glue and you can make earrings for all your outfits..

Scarves together of 3 colors

Did it work?... Got a couple of compliments today... think it worked... my new fun thing... braiding the fabrics for trim!!

I paired this jacket with a silk drapeneck blouse of all the colors... 

This is a drapeneck silk blouse...

Quick pants of leggins or tubins
1. lay out 1 piece pattern
2. cut out
3. sew right left leg
4. sew crotch
5. turn up bottom of each leg twice and topstitch
6. sew elastic together size of waist
7. lay on top of pants and fold over the fabric to the inside over elastic
8. Topstitch leaving an opening at the front so you can make tighter or looser when needed and also to identify your front from your back easily when you are pulling your pants on.

These pants take 1and 1/4 yard fabric for my height -some type of stretch for pulling over hips...elastic waist.
Hem is turned under twice about 3/8 to 1/2 inch and topstitched.  I make the leg long and straight so I can pull the top over my boot tops.  These are what I call can make them tight with a light stretch knit and call them leggins....

Two pieces cut from 1 piece pattern laying on 60 inch wide fabric folded over and sew right left crotch... make elastic circle the size of your waist out of 3/4 inch non roll elastic... lay over the top of your sewn together pants...roll top over the elastic to wrong side of pants...turn under 1/4 inch-leave enough space so you do not catch the elastic when top stitching.. start your stitching at the front waist seam and end about 1/4 inch before the seam so you have an adjustable elastic.... can make tighter or looser at your needs... comfortable and quick pockets.  I wear tunics or mock neck sweaters or loose silk blouses hanging over my waist so I don't need pockets in my pants.