It’s finally finished!

Part of my #makenine 2019 Challenge is this pattern, Islander Sewing Systems Jacket Express. I have made this pattern before here. This time though, I was determined not to make the same mistake again. (Putting the buttons and buttonholes on the wrong sides – seriously!!!!)

If you would like to read and see the photos for this jacket from the beginning, start here and then here. I’m so happy to be finished and so happy with my new Jeans jacket. I only had a few steps left – Jeans buttons and buttonholes – but it seemed like forever to get a chance to sit down at my machine and sew!

First off, I asked on Instagram which Jeans button should I use?

The majority answer was the darker ones on the right! Thank you fellow sewists!

Next step was the buttonholes, six of them. I did a practice on a scrap piece of fabric and when it turned out well I continued with the four on the front and the two cuffs. I didn’t use my topstitching thread for these buttonholes – just a matching polyester thread. My Janome buttonhole foot did a fine job. I always start with the cuffs because they are always buttoned up and no one really notices them. Then as my confidence grows, I work my way up to the top buttonhole last – because that one is usually always undone. (Yes, that is a Minion bandaid. That’s how I roll!)

When I headed for my sewing table this morning, what did I see? It’s no wonder my sewing is covered with cat hair!

Sophie in the Sun

So after I found a new spot for Sophie to nap and brushed the cat hair off of my jacket, I took a good look at my jacket. It still needed something… not sure what… but as you can see, my inspiration photo wasn’t just a really cool jacket with really cool fabric, there had to be something more too!

My Inspiration – the young lady on the left

So I took a visit to my Pinterest boards and rediscovered these …

That put me on a hunt through my fabric stash for some embroidery or lace. I didn’t have anything in black or red, but I did have lots of white lace (an old white “lace” tablecloth).

Cutting the flowered sections out of the tablecloth was easy. I then tried a couple of different sewing machine feet and settled for my free motion quilting foot. I was happy to have a “needle down” setting on my sewing machine so that every time I stopped sewing not only did my needle stay down, but my free motion quilting foot did too – holding the lace to my fabric. It took a little getting used to to sew with this foot. Every time the needle came up the foot came up too so that I could maneuver the fabric to sew around the outline of the flowers. I probably wasn’t using the proper technique, but I was successful in sewing on my lace flowers. And it was fun!

Next came attaching the Jeans buttons. I’ve done this before and I rather like tapping the buttons together with my little hammer. I always first practice attaching a couple of Jeans buttons on scrap fabric until I am comfortable with the process. I also always let Mr. Green Thumb know what I’m up to because if he hears hammering he always runs to see what’s being built!

My awl made a neat hole for the Jeans button post to easily go through the layers of fabric.

Place the Jeans button post on the flat bottom holder and the button will be held on the top holder. I had to remove the little piece from the top holder as this Jeans Button style didn’t have a hole it would fit into!


Time to sandwich it all together. Jeans button holder, Jeans button post sitting on the holder and pushed through the hole made by my awl, Jeans button on top and holder placed carefully down on it.

Three little taps with my little hammer.

Jeans button on and not bent! Practice done, let’s tackle the real thing!

I was outside in my sweater, sitting on the concrete steps, hammering on these Jeans buttons, and I just about froze … even though the sun was high in the clear blue sky. Luckily I only had 6 Jeans buttons to attach. I was quite surprised though, when I went out again a little while later to take photos of my new Jean Jacket, how warm my jacket kept me! It is quite heavy for denim. I could still see the odd patch of snow here and there in the garden and the pond was still frozen, but I should have been wearing sunglasses!

This pattern is definitely not for a fitted jacket, and some might want to make a size smaller, but I find it really comfortable and roomy enough to wear a sweater or hoodie underneath.

I took some inside shots too, since everything outside seemed to have a glare! Every time I see the back of the jacket I am reminded of when I constantly told our kids I have “eyes in the back of my head”. Well now I sort of do and better yet, they seem to follow your every move!

Next project? I’ve got my pattern picked out and my fabric chosen for the #sewover50 #so50visible Challenge on Instagram! Are you joining this Challenge? Deadline is March 15th!

Happy Sewing!

STASH BUSTING WITH THIS PROJECT? 3 meters. I still have enough of the print to happily make a bag or two and I still have enough of the black denim for a pair of jeans – already cut out! Now that makes 131.2 meters left in my fabric stash!

So to continue my …

#makenine2019 and my Islander Sewing Systems “Jacket Express”!

Last week my sewing got off to a rough start! First of all a couple of Fridays ago, I couldn’t get home without taking a good run, a few times, at the first of many hills we have … without success. I abandoned my vehicle on the side of the road and as I was walking home in the snow I saw a few vehicles in the ditch, and passed a firetruck and an ambulance! After a 4 km walk in the fresh snow, a Good Samaritin gave me a ride the rest of the way. We don’t usually get snow – but never fail, as soon as you say “We didn’t get any snow this winter!” It WILL snow!

What followed next was two full days without power, then me laid up because I threw my back out, and then a couple of days of me TRYING to get to work in the snow. (whine, whine, whine!)

All in all it added up to a VERY CRANKY LINDA WHO COULDN’T SEW! I swear next summer I am going to restore my Dear Aunt’s 1948 Singer 15-88 treadle cabinet. As you can see, the machine itself is in wonderful shape now. I just need to fix up the treadle cabinet. Then we shall see if a power outage can interfere with my sewing time! Seriously!

So when my life settled down, what did I get accomplished on my really, really cool Island Sewing Systems “Jacket Express”?

First I had to figure out how to finish off the seams of the pocket bag. Yes, I know it’s on the inside, but like all jean jackets, this jacket isn’t lined and everything just hangs out. So I sewed on some single fold bias tape (RED!) and hand sewed it down on the side that faces out. Hmm … needs some pressing!

Next, my favourite part – the “Burrito”! The first time I did a “Burrito” was during Janet Pray’s Craftsy class that I bought, which included this “Jacket Express” pattern. Ever since, any time I can change a pattern to do the Burrito technique on the yolk, I certainly do it!

Janet Pray explains it waaay better than I do, but the front and back yolks are sewn on to the bodice and back pieces. Then the shoulder seams are sewn on the inside back and front yolk pieces. Then you roll your jacket up inside to the shoulder seam and sew the outside back and front yolk pieces together at the shoulders, holding your burrito filling inside! Now you pull your burrito fillings out one side and “PRESTO” like magic your jacket and yolks have a wonderful, professional finish! Press and do your topstitching! (I’ve done the burrito before here too, maybe with more description and photos?)

Then I sewed on the sleeves, which was easy because the sleeve underarm seams and the jacket side seams weren’t sewn up yet, and I topstitched those sleeve head seams.

Then to attach the cuff, Janet Pray does something she calls a cuff “Burrito”. (Again, better explained by Janet!) You sew on the inside cuffs and fold them back on to your sleeve. Pin your outside cuff on top, right sides together, sandwiching the sleeve between the two. You bunch your sleeve inside the cuff a bit so that you can pin part of the opening shut too. You don’t want to catch your sleeve in any of your pinning! Pin and sew from an inch or so where the opening for turning starts, all around the three sides, to about an inch or so again to where the opening finishes. When finished, you pull your sleeve out of the opening and it is MOSTLY sewn up. The amount of hand sewing you have left to do is minimal!

What’s left to do now? Just some more topstitching (which I love) and the Jeans Buttons and buttonholes (hopefully this time, I’ll sew them on the correct side!!!). When I was able to drive again, I bought a couple of styles of Jeans Buttons. We’ll have to decide which style looks better, won’t we? Then comes the photos. I don’t know if the snow will still be around when I am ready for photos. We accumulated 23 cm of snow in just a day or two and it is disappearing rather quickly! Here’s the “before melt” photos … next blog post there will be “after melt” photos … with my cool jean jacket!

I prefer rainy winter weather myself, that’s probably why I like living here – which do you prefer – snowy winters or rainy winters?

Happy Sewing!

STASH BUSTING WITH THIS PROJECT? Not finished yet! But I am putting a good dent in my 134.2 meters with this Jacket!

2019 sewing plans!

Yes, I know, January is almost over, but this year I have actually done some PRE-PLANNING and this year I plan on finishing:

MY UFO’S:

I know, like everyone, I still have a few UFO’s to finish – a top for my sister, a half made dress for myself, a pair of dress pants and another Sewaholic Hollyburn skirt.

But I’ve also sorted out a few projects I would like to tackle!

DESIGNIN’ DECEMBER 2019:

Of course all year I will be looking for my Designin’ December 2019 inspiration.  I’ll be watching for your inspiration too!

@corrineapplybemakes already has her Designer me-made Copy finished and posted on IG!

There’s no rush, take your time, you’ve got all year to think about it (almost!).  If you would like more details about the DESIGNIN’ DECEMBER challenge take a look at this post here.

ROSIE© BAGS and other such projects:

I’ve made two Rosie© Bags so far this year, one for my sister, @JCVArtStudio, and one for me!!!

I have a 2 meter piece of fabric with a large Parisienne print so I isolated different scenes of the large print and let my sister decide which scene she wanted to use for her Rosie© bag …

… and which scene did she chose?

Next I finished my Rosie© bag.  I used fabrics from the box of upholstery fabric my sister gave me.

I’ve got one more Rosie bag cut out, I’ll get to it … sometime this year!

#magamsewalong

Over on Instagram there are a few Sewing Challenges I love. One is #magamsewalong. @sarahlizsewstyle organizes and inspires us to sew every month … she doesn’t have an easy task! I think my yearly theme is going to be “stash busting”. Hopefully I’ll have time for a few of the monthly themes too.

#makenine2019 INSPIRATION:

Another Instagram Sewing Challenge. I TRIED the #makenine2017 Challenge.  I picked my nine patterns to make during the year. I don’t think I got half way through them!  Now there is the option of choosing to make nine different garments (sewn or knitted or?) instead of picking specific patterns, so this Challenge has my interest.

Part of my inspiration for this Challenge was this meme I found on Facebook.  I can’t find the creator though, any ideas?

I seriously want to be the lady on the left … she’s my Inspiration … she’s just so cool … laid back … I love her.  I would even love to have her hair for a few days!

So here’s my #makenine2019.  

A Jean Jacket similar to the one my Inspiration (above) is wearing, not leather though. My Jean Jacket pattern is by Islander Sewing Systems. I’ve made one before here and I loved the pattern, the instructions and her methods.  This time I’ll put the buttons on the right side though! LOL

Skinny Jeans like my Inspiration.  

A Tunic top sort of like my Inspiration – I don’t want a long one, like her dress length.

Then a hoodie, casual pants and a top.  

And still left from last year’s “sewing to do” list … a bra and granny panties.  

Last, a dress of some sort!

Does anyone know of a on-line shop where I can purchase a complete kit for making a bra – proper fabric, elastic, whatever is needed?  Until I am familiar with what materials and supplies are needed, I would prefer someone just sell me a “kit”, preferably in Canada?

I found 3.5 meters of denim in my stash that I might be able to squeeze a pair of Jeans and a Jacket out of! I also found this embroidered pocket.  I was given this by a sewing blogger friend long ago and I was keeping it for something special.

Well I finally decided what “something special” is … some sort of little coin purse, wallet front or card purse.  I’ll figure something out. In the meantime, I’ve drawn chalk lines all over this and trimmed it down and I am drawing up pattern ideas.

What Challenges are you planning to do this month, next month, this year?

Happy Sewing!

STASH BUSTING WITH THIS PROJECT?  Nothing yet!  Still 130.2 meters left in the fabric stash.