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The Sleeves of the Jacket

I’m at a pivotal point folks. I cut and sewed the lining, inserted the sleeves and sewed on the pockets. That means, it’s time to insert the lining. I have never, ever, had a pretty jacket lining insertion. Like, ever. So, I’m putting this down until I feel like tackling it. I also need to interface the hems and I’m not feeling my iron right now. In the meantime, here’s what I did with the poofy sleeve to keep it poofy.

First, Marji who blogs at Fiber Arts Afloat, is a goddess. She suggested I use ‘Bridal….’ Oy. Crud. I can only remember the name of the Joann brand ‘Bridal Inspiration’. Ummm, the one I mean is Bridal Indulgence? Bridal Intentions? Sigh. I had it in my mind until I sat down at the computer. At any rate

she said ‘youu want to either use  a bias strip of silk organza gathered up as a sleeve head to support a puffy sleeve in this jacket with this lightweight wool OR use a straight piece of bridal illusion netting, similarly gathered. Netting has no bias.” Su-wheeet. Done and done. Brilliant.

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14 thoughts on “The Sleeves of the Jacket

  1. Looking exceptionally good. I’ll try to remember that sleeve head tip.

    I see that MUST HAVE Audrey color nail polish peeking through.

  2. Yep, illusion sounds right. That tulle will help keep the shape, yet be light weight and not make the seams super thick. Great idea.

  3. Good idea for the tulle in the sleeve. Although you can also just interface the top of the sleeve and that’s fine if you’re not going for a puffy effect.

    However, if you have lining troubles, let me recommend fashion incubator’s nameless tutorial http://www.fashion-incubator.com/tutorials/the-nameless-tutorial-series-lined-jackets/
    Not only will your have perfect facing/lining junction, but it’ll be fast and easy too. Really, trust me, it was the first time I bagged a lining without any tears involved at some point :-)..

    1. Yes! Bridal Illusion! Aren’t I too young to be forgetting things that quickly?

      Thanks Marie-Christine. I’ll go have a look at the tutorial now.

  4. Love this jacket! Thank you for sharing your techniques. I, too, hate…nay…loathe linings. Maybe I’ll try my favorite jacket again now that I have a couple of new ideas to help.

  5. This is looking great! I was just reading about sleeve heads and shoulder pads last night in Roberta Carr’s book. It’s all fascinating stuff, much better than a romance novel- or a football game :))

  6. The jacket looks great so far. I really loved the first one you’ve made. I’m sure this one will be awesome as well. I keep my fingers cross that you will win the fight with the lining 😉

  7. LOL – illusion darling….think of it this way and you’ll remember it: The bride walking down the aisle is under the illusion that she’s walking into “happily ever after”…

  8. Hey, can I have to edit in a bit of a correction to this post? You want to either use a bias strip of silk organza gathered up as a sleeve head to support a puffy sleeve in this jacket with this lightweight wool OR use a straight piece of bridal illusion netting, similarly gathered. Netting has no bias.

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