Sunday, July 24, 2016

New Summer Jacket

This jacket has a slightly Asian lines...that is if you can see past the wild colors!  This cotton/linen blend fabric is Japanese Echino by Etsuko Furuya but it somehow does not lend an Asian accent to the jacket.  In fact, I've been saying to my sewing pals I might have to join the circus when I wear this!

But they assure me that if I wear it over black (yeah, that works for me!) and wear a cute shoe with it I'll be fine.

I'm going to listen to them and wearing it to a one man show about Peggy Guggenheim next weekend.




This is a self drafted pattern from a RTW garment that my friend owns.  I love the collar.  And the pocket detail is not only comfortable but really adds to the unique lines of the garment.  I hope you can see them because, by complete accident, I matched the pattern pretty well.  I wasn't really trying very hard because I thought it would work no matter how the print fell.  I didn't have a lot of choices in laying out the pattern because I only had three yards and this pattern should have taken about 3 1/4 yards...but I squeezed it out.  I had about 5 square inches of fabric left!

If you look closely you can see a little dash of lilac on the upper right shoulder, that's the selvage, I had to use a little.  I like it.  I wanted to use more of it on the inside front facing but couldn't get it to work.




My husband asked, "How many fabrics did you use in this one?".  Ha!  That's the beauty of Echino, it gives you so many layout choices.




Anything with a bird on it is ok with me, despite what Portlandia did for (or to) this image!




The back neck detail is really nice, too.  One side overlaps the other.

One thing I need to get better at is topstitching.  I think I need to futz with the presser foot tension to get a more even stitch...and take slightly larger stitches.  And I'm going to use topstitching thread next time.  This jacket didn't call for it because of the craziness of the fabric.

My friend made it in denim with red topstitching which looks sharp.

I follow a lot of blogs, they really inspire me.  One that I follow is Wendy Franzen's blog, West Zen Studio and was gobsmacked by her latest post.  You have to see this jacket she designed and made, it's just so gorgeous!  Congratulations, Wendy, what a feat!

I'm headed out to the garage to paint canvas for a new purse...stay tuned.









17 comments:

  1. Fabulous, fun Jacket - good use of a great fabric.

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  2. Such a fabulous jacket!! I think it will look perfect with black; it will be the star of the show.

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  3. Wonderful jacket but I can't see the pockets. Could you do another post where you show the pockets.
    Thanks
    Vancouver Barbara

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  4. This is just terrific and gives me a grand idea for some fabric in my stash! That fabric is such fun and yet artful, not clownish at all. I am enamored of that collar. Oh my.

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  5. I love that collar too! And the colour palette is restrained enough that the print is not at all crazy. Very nice jacket!

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  6. Love the jacket, and that fabric is wonderful. Not at all outlandish - Artful. Should be perfect for many of your travels. Thanks for sharing.

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  7. Colour! Yay! I love this jacket and would wear it in a second. The collar design back and front is really great.

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  8. I am madly in love with your jacket. I was in Japan in March and saw similar jackets in very upmarket boutiques in Tokyo. I would love information about your fabric supplier.

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    1. I love Japanese textiles of any kind. The one I used is from a company called Echino. I bought it at the Sewing Expo in Puyallup, Washington from a woman who only sells at quilt shows.

      I’ve found a few sites that might help. The first is my local fabric store here in Santa Cruz California (a wonderful store!) that also sells online. The second is Marcy Tilton who sells Japanese fabrics (Marcy’s fabrics comprise the bulk of my fabric buying!). The third, fourth and fifth sites I’ve listed also show this designer’s fabrics. The fifth site is actually from Australia, which I think is where you live?

      I’ve pasted the description of Echino at the bottom. I hope these help you locate Echino and other Japanese fabrics like Nani Eno, which I love too.

      The Echino fabric I used is a canvas weight, they also have lighter weight versions in the same print so be careful.

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    2. I think you may have forgotten the links to the sites you just mentioned. I didn't see any links on your response. Thanks.

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    3. Sorry, Diane. I'm not sure why the links didn't show up. But you can Google Echino, sites I noted were straight from my first word search. My local fabric store is Hart's Fabric, they are online. Marcy Tilton.com is easy to find. I'm sure you'll have no trouble finding the fabric. Thanks for letting me know it didn't work!

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  9. I love it! The colours are lovely and the design is unique without being over the top.

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    1. Thank you, that's what I needed to hear!

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  10. My goodness this jacket is beautiful. You are inspiring me to look at some my own fabrics in such unique and different ways.

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