Sunday, January 16, 2022

Graffiti Puffer Jacket

Often, when I attend one of Diane Ericson's Design Outside The Lines retreats, I'll swoop up a hand painted piece of fabric made by her son Miles Frode
This one was a huge painter's drop cloth with loads of personality.  I don't usually wear hot pink but hey, why not!?

I had fun with this one.  I decided to quilt it since the winter storms were blasting the central coast here in California.  I also used it to polish my welt pocket skills, a goal for 2022.

 Since the canvas had so much body on its own I used a lightweight cotton batting.  For the stitching, I tested several thread weights including pearl cotton and carpet thread but ended up using sashiko thread. 

I sewed the body of the jacket together with machine stitching, cut away the batting along the seam lines and hand stitched the lining seams.

For the lining I decided to use a beautiful silk scarf I'd purchased from Michael Brennand-Wood at a Shakerag Workshop several years ago.  It was hard to cut into it but using what I have has become a mantra in the last two years.  And I know he would approve since he's the king of re-use.

But...there wasn't enough fabric in the scarf for the sleeves.  I rummaged, and rummaged and finally decided to use the sleeves leftover from a puffer jacket I made out of two bright orange puffers I'd bought cheap in Ashland.  I realize now that I never blogged about that coat.  I'll take some pics and show it soon.

I actually like the spot of orange at the cuff, even tho there isn't any orange in the canvas.  Carrie Bradshaw's bright blue heals that didn't match a thing she was wearing in a Sex In The City episode all those years ago had an affect on me!

And here's a little lining reveal.

And the full lining with the puffer sleeves.  It feels so comfy and what they say is really do feel different when you're wearing something that only YOU know is inside!

If you're thinking to yourself, "Doesn't this woman have enough coats?" the answer is yes, and the bed in my spare room agrees.