The color is SEW fresh - perfect for spring! This is a mint green cut out floral fabric with pearl beads with a border purchased at Supreme Fabrics, Chicago, IL.
My first thought was to showcase the floral border along the collar, waistband and cuffs.The flowers were beaded and begged to be shown.
After experimenting with the border and facings, I decided to sandwich the interfacing between the lining fabric for the Front Facing, collar, waistband, and cuffs. This would allow the interfacing to be hidden and not show through the cut out or the interior of the jacket.
Before sewing any beaded fabric, the beads need to be removed. Soon there were beads flying everywhere, rolling across the table and across the room. There was no easy way to corral the little beads; even the vacuum missed several.
My favorite pattern weights and KAI scissors!
To keep the flowers along the edge of the curved collar, the flowers and leaves needed to be released and then retacked before sewing the collar layers together. This is quite easy using a close matching thread color and a zigzag stitch on top of the embroidery.
Yes, those are my pattern weights!
Girl can't have too many of these!
The construction was easy, a simple jeans jacket pattern, Butterick 5402 by Connie Crawford, using industrial sewing techniques.
As with any jeans jacket pattern, this pattern features princess seams (easy alterations!), back yoke, belted waistband, dropped shoulders, long sleeves pleated pleated into a shirt-style cuff, and front patch pockets with flaps.
SEW now that the jacket is construction is finished, the hunt is on to find the perfect closures. Any suggestions?!?