Monday, July 22, 2013

Patchwork & Embroidered Waistcoat: Step 8 - Toile fits OK ...

Met with my customer last week & she was delighted with the waistcoat. The ' lining/toile ' above fitted perfectly & she loved the idea of its reversiblity. We decided to lower the neckline a little (to show off the blouses under it), raise the side slits & shorten by around 2"/5cm. I also may add some machine embroidery along the yoke panels to match those of the main waistcoat.

A 'problem' is going to be the fastening as being reversible you can't really use standard buttons & buttonholes. I may decide to make some unusual buttons & then adapt them to be like cuff-links. I've done this before & it works well. I'm also thinking of making some ' patchwork buttons ' - although no definite idea yet.

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Patchwork & Embroidered Waistcoat: Step 7 - Lining ...

Here's the "lining" ready for its fitting. The purple back lining (below) will possibly be stitched to the patchwork pink embroidered fronts.

These blue lining fronts (using a batik fabric) will possibly be stitched to the patchwork blue embroidered back.

As there was insufficient fabric to cut the fronts in one piece, the upper section (inset below) was panelled & edged with strips from the back patchwork (hope that's clear!!)