Sunday, January 27, 2008

Animal Applique Jacket

Continuing on with the animal applique motif, I made a jacket, too.

This pattern is also an old favorite, McCall's 3073, which I have used over and over again. In its' original form it is super easy to cut out and sew. The pattern has only five pieces; front, back, sleeve, neck facing and front facing and it sews together really fast!

Have you ever used the permanent pattern material that's available? I really like it! Once you have made a copy of your favorite pattern with all the changes you want, you have a pattern that doesn't rip, wrinkle or tear like the tissue paper found in most clothing pattern envelopes. AND, the best part of all - it doesn't move around on the fabric once you've placed it. No Pins! I use a few large washers to keep it on the straight of grain, but that's all. It's so easy to cut the pattern out, I just zip right through it.

Since the black linen/rayon blend provides such a nice contrast to the colorful applique, I sewed these animals on as if they are tumbling down from G-d's own hand to find a place in this part of the universe. I like the way the colors really stand out.

The back of the jacket shows a styelized(spelling?) Tree of Life giving this art to wear a hint of Genesis 1:1.

One of the things I did to this pattern before I made this jacket was to take it apart so I could sew together blocks of contrasting color.

Of course the front is easy, just cut one of each side from two different colors. For the back, I made two half patterns by adding a 5/8 inch seam to the middle fold line. I did the same thing with the sleeves. I folded them in half and made a half pattern with a 5/8 inche seam along the top edge.

Since this is such a easy fit pattern, I didn't have to worry about how the sleeve would sew into the front and back. It's not at all fitted, so it sews in perfectly if you add the sleeve right after you sew together the front and back at the shoulder.

To add more color and to make the thing look more rustic, I sewed all the seams facing the outside and finished them off with red thread in my serger. This took a little planning because I am so used to sewing everything right sides together. In fact, this was one of the few projects that I actually planned out before I cut and sewed. I did sew the facings on in the standard fashion, but I used red thread to top stitch all around.

When cutting, I had to make sure the colors would be opposite when the parts were sewn together. I drew out the jacket on a piece of paper and then numbered the pattern before I cut out each piece. That will save me time in the future when I want to make another version of this piece.

This is a closeup of the sleeve cuff. After folding it up, I added this heart applique to keep it up and I really am proud of myself... I didn't fold over the patch, I just sewed it on as is. As it frays it will be more "interesting".

Even my husband was surprised to see all of these unfinished edges. With threads already coming loose, he said, "Did you mean to do it like that?"

Mission Accomplished!


Ms, (Sue) Vogt said...

Hello, Dear Adrian:

Thanks so much for sharing your beautiful work - I love this jacket! - and for sharing your ideas and techniques!

I came across your post as part of a search for "appliqued jacket," as I would like to find a place to purchase unique, art clothing, rather than wear "mall clothes." ;-) However, you took a better route - you created your own - Good for you!

Your drive to create and embellish your world with beauty inspires me to get out my own art supplies. Keep up the good work, groovy-girl! :-D

Smiles and best wishes,

Sue (49-years-young school-marm) in Prince George, B.C., Canada

Adrian said...

Thank you so much, Sue, for your lovely comments. I really enjoy wearing this jacket and I hope I have inspired you to get out your sewing machine and give it a try. Jazz up something you already have to make it look new. These appliques are made apart from the jacket and then sewn on. That makes it really easy to apply anything, at anytime.

Anonymous said...

love the animal applique jacket but can't find the jacket pattern.

Anonymous said...

Hello Adrian I think that your jacket with the animal embellishments is really lovely. I have tried to find the McCalls pattern number that you mention but a completly different pattern comes up when I search. I wonder if you are able to point in the right direction for finding the pattern. Once again what a beautiful design you have created.
Best wishes Gwen(England)

Adrian said...

The McCall's pattern 3073 is a few years old, but it is a very easy jacket that just has 5 pieces; a front, back, sleeves,neck facing and front facing. Having no darts or fussy fitting, it is easy to add any applique item anywhere. So, look in your stash of patterns for a boxy jacket with unfitted sleeves and you, too can make a unique jacket just for you.