My mountain parka (above) is one of my all-time favorite sewing projects.
I made it last September and have worn it constantly through fall, winter, and now the spring. So I was less than thrilled when, tugging on the right lower pocket with my hand inserted awkwardly while sitting down, I ripped the top outer corner of the pocket right off the main fabric. Eek!
This parka would have been sturdier in a heavier fabric but, then, what garment wouldn't be? Fortunately, I still had some of the blue coated cotton in my scrap stash, so I was able to make a matching patch. What contributed to the weakness of the fabric in this spot was that I over-stitched the corner (see thick bar tack below). It's easy to forget that stitching can weaken fabric as well as reinforce it. In retrospect, I should have added some kind of interfacing to the wrong side of the fabric.
Since I could see that the left pocket was also vulnerable to the same type of tear, I removed the upper corner of the pocket and made an identical patch. As you can see below, the patches are hardly noticeable, plus my arms hang over them.
|Patch placement prior to stitching.|
Yet another reason why it's good to save some scraps from important projects!
In other news, I was fabric shopping yesterday and, somewhat impulsively, picked up a wild print that has had me second-guessing myself ever since. Has this ever happened to you?
It's sturdy coated cotton in a tropical print and I'm not sure what I'm going to do with it. It's way too heavy for shirting and too coated-feeling for pants; it really would work best as outerwear. Or as a shower curtain.
|Michael does not want to be seen in this fabric.|
|The spray-painted look of the blue hibiscus is intentional.|
Seriously, it's not an unflattering palette, but the scale of those flowers...I don't know.
In closing, assuming you had to make something with (two very wide yards of) said fabric, what would you make?
Have a great day, everybody!