A couple of weeks ago I stayed up late to make a start on my latest project Simplicity 2150. I bought the black furry fabric last year and intended to use it to make the front and collar part of this Vogue 8757 jacket:
I ummed and arh’ed about which other 2 fabric to use and never gotten round to making it. I loved the black furry fabric and decided to use it to make something more straight forward that would be more useful, so went into town and bought this Simplicity 2150 pattern:
I chose view D (top right). It was one of the only patterns I could find that suggested a fur fabric and the simple style I thought would be purfect!
I was between sizes so chose the larger size, tho there was no need to as this jacket has 7 inches of ease!! This sound way too much, but when I’m wearing it it doesn’t feel so big, and it’s the only jacket I have that fits my favourite winter jumper underneath.
When I was cutting out the fabric it was a night mare – I had a major Gorilla malting problem which stuck to socks and rapidly spread over the whole house. This was one project that had to be done in a few days, as my usually very tolerent husband was loosing his patience as everything was turning black and fluffy. It’s a wonder it didn’t end up in his food! I don’t think i’ve ever vacuumed as often!
So, it took 3 days. And I loved making it. I’ve never made a lined jacket before. The lining! It’s amazing!
If I’d have known the inside was going to turn out so well I’d have taken more care inserting the arms. Friends who i’ve shown it to wearing it inside out think it looks great, but they don’t sew and aren’t as picky as me.
Here’s the back:
I’m not sure of the composition of the lining, I think it’s viscose. It’s really soft and not at all slippy or rustly like normal lining fabric. I used a fine black fabric for the sleeves as I wasn’t sure if the fabric would be shown from the cuffs and thought if I made the lining black there if I made a mistake it wouldn’t show.
The instructions and construction were really easy, probably because there weren’t many pieces and no zip or buttons holes (it fastens with hooks and eyes). The only part I got stuck on, or should I say really stuck on, was stitching the cuffs.
Some of you more seasoned sewers out there might be able to help me out with this. It said to sew the jacket and lining together round the neck, front and bottom and leave a gap at the bottom. (managed this no problem) Then some how pin the cuffs then pull them through the gap at the bottom and stitch. Sounds simple but I just couldn’t do it. I googled. I You Tubed. I re-read the instructions. I read lots of tutorials and eventually I got out a needle and cotten and handstitched!
I love the finished result and have worn it so much. It’s so light and snuggly and I feel like I’m wrapped in a cosy blanket.
Here’s a quick funny……
Me: “Harrison, Have you seen my Gorilla Jacket? I’ve finished it. Gertrude’s wearing it.”
H: “No, I’ll have a look when I go downstairs……”
comes back up….
H: “Mum, is it real gorilla fur?”
Pricless!! I really wish I’d have kept a notebook of all the funny things he come’s out with.