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I haven't started my spring jacket yet,MCCall's 5525 style A and this
fabric  http://spedr.com/4dkdk
  I'm waiting for my friend to recuperate from  some surgery. I need her
to remeasure me so I can alter my pattern. The decision I have to make
is whether I should jump in with both feet and interline with the
lightest weight thinsulate. The fabric I'm using is rather light weight
and not suitable for early spring in the Northeast. It is more for later
spring and cool summer days. Considering the fact that I have never
attempted anything like this jacket, even though Sharon assures me I can
do it,leaves me wondering if I'm taking too big a bite. I do have some
heavy weight corduroy that would make up for a warmer spring jacket if
I'm happy with the way this one comes out.
Juno

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"Juno B" wrote...
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Hmm, I was a bit puzzled when I looked at the combination. The fabric says
just that - Summer!!! and the pattern has something wintery about it. But
then - why not, I think it might look interesting.

I don't think you should try to interline the thing with Thinsulate; make it
for summer and make another one in the corduroy you've got. I don't know if
you've worked with corduroy before, I imagine that it might be a bit tricky,
but try the corduroy version first and then the summer fabric one.

Or, get an entirely different fabric for early spring to avoid the
combination difficult pattern/difficult fabric and use the one from the link
above for the summer version. Then you can play around with the pattern and
the parts that make you think you took too big a bite (I wonder what that
might be, though). Oh, and I bet Kate would remind you of making a toile
first.

Or, try style D with the sleeves of A for the wintery one (longer = warmer
derriere) and the short A style for summer. And perhaps you could make
another one from a really wintery fabric in style E with the sleeves of your
choice.

OK, just my 2 cents, got carried away a little. ;-)

U.


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Random thoughts:  When I study that pretty fabric you've chosen, just
immediately I see a sort of stripe in it; just the way the flowers are lined
up and repeat.  It seems to me that it would be mighty tedious to cut a
princess lines coat from it.
    When you are measuring for the coat, do keep in mind that you will be
wearing the coat over clothes that may/may not be bulky and you'll want to
give your self room to be comfortable.
    Just one more - I love, Love that pattern but methinks I'd make it with
something easy the first time; perhaps just plain denim.  If all goes well,
you have a happy, useful garment.  If not, at least you don't have a major
money investment. Polly


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On 1/14/2011 10:33 PM, Polly Esther wrote:
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Thank you both for your input. The fabric choice was for 2 reasons. The
first is because I love bright colors, the second is because we can have
a bright sunny day with flowers blooming and the temp be about 50F. If
it's that cool I need something warm, my bones are getting creaky and
want to be warm.  I do have a piece of sage green twill in the sash that
I could start on. It's heavier than the floral, but not real heavy. I
think I'll use that for my toile and go from there. I don't need
anything longer or perhaps should say I don't want anything longer,
because long coats and cars are not a good mix for me. If I'm going to
be out walking I dress in layers on cool and cold days and stay warm
that way, I need the coat for driving place to place and getting in ans
out of the car, Or going out in the evening and coming home l ate and
it's chilly out. I'm not one to turn the car heat up high to get warm. I
hate the feeling of car heat. Never have liked it.As far as cost for the
floral goes, I got it dirt cheap at
Fabric .com. The sage green was cheaper than dirt from fashion fabric
club. so I don't mind working on them for a new project. As far as
matching a print, I have to challenge myself all the time so I don't
have brain rot. Then again one challege at a time should hold me for
awhile. the corduroy I'll  hold for a fall coat. It h as the weight and
maybe by then I'll feel comfortable about interlining.
Thanks again, I appreciate all your help.
Juno

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"One challenge at a time"?   Yes.  Exactly what I was thinking.  Keep us
posted.  Polly

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Juno B wrote:

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I hope it was minor surgery, and I really hope she recovers quickly and
well.  

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OK.  I've never worked with thinsulate before.  So I don't know its
properties.  The pattern calls for interfacing the full front of the
jacket.  If the light thinsulate would work like interfacing, you could put
it there quite easily instead of the interfacing. I just haven't worked
with the stuff, so I'm kinda clueless. ;)  But if you want to underline, or
interline with it, I don't see why not.  You might need to add a little
room to the pattern for the extra layer.  

What I have done in the past in place of thinsulate is use a layer of
tightly shrunk flannel to underline.  Did that on a jacket for DD when she
was little.  It was a heavy weight denim outershell. I underlined that with
the flannel. Then the lining of the coat was a wild print polar fleece. :)
It was a cute little hooded coat.  (and it was warm enough for an Indiana
winter too!)  I washed the flannel several times in hot water to shrink it
as far as possible.  Then basted it to the denim pieces and treated them as
one.  It was way cheaper to do that than buy thinsulate (and that was a
large issue at the time!)

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Never!!!!  I wouldn't let you choke on a bite like that!!!  :)  I have
absolute faith that you can do it.  The jacket really goes together very
easily.  Just remember to check the placement of the pocket openings. That
was the only hurdle I really had.  If I'd checked that more closely, I
wouldn't have had to redo the pockets.  

Make a muslin of it out of the green twill first.  Then you will know if you
have a good fit and you will have a practice one down. (and you will have a
cute green twill jacket to wear too!!!  Bonus!!!!!!!)  Once you get into
the construction of this one, you will be so relieved.  I promise, it won't
be nearly so intimidating once you do it.  It comes out looking a whole lot
more complicated than it actually is to make!!  

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I would put the cord a little further down the list.  I don't like to
topstitch on corduroy.  I worry what it would look like on the front, there
is a bit of an angle to that front side piece.  And with the lines on the
cord, and the topstitching, it has the potential to look a little "off."
(if you could just see my hands and face......)  

Now, as for matching your print...I don't think that will be a problem.  If
you need refreshing on that, go look at Beverly's paisley jacket.  I'm
pretty sure she included pictures of cutting it out.  (And really, don't we
all muttter "what would Beverly say..." while we're matching prints now???
lol  She's a good influence, just don't tell anyone, she has an image to
uphold y'know.  lol)  That angle on the front it is gentle enough that I
think you will be able to match the print just fine. Like I said,
topstitching that line on cord, I'm afraid it could look messy. But
matching it in your print? No sweat.

Sharon
---
Never try to teach a pig to sing.  It's a waste of time and just annoys the
pig.

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I think I'm going to have to have DH do my remeasuring, even if he keeps
telling me he can't do it. That's his favorite thing when he doesn't
want to do something.
My friend may have to have more surgery. she has a melanoma behind her
hear and it all depend on her last biopsy. I think she has enough to
deal with right now. She doesn't need to worry about getting to my house
to measure me. What she needs is for me to m ake he some goodies to get
her through the worry.
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I think I'll give the flannel idea a go on the the green twill and see
how it works. I'm always open to idea's. I know that what ever I use I
have to add to my pattern so the jacket is not skin tight.
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I didn't think you would do that to me:)
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Good to hear that.

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I'll wait on the cord, knowing me some fabrics live many lives before
they actually become a reality. I think the Cord may want to be
something else. I guess it just has to marinate a while longer. Thanks
for the adavice
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You know, I'm not really worried about matching the print. I know it
takes a little patience and I'm willing to be patient with the fabric.I
will give Beverly's paisly a good study before I attempt to cut my print.
It was suggested by someone, that they thought the print and the style
of the jacket may not be compatible. The pattern was thought to be a
winter style and the fabric too summery for it. The more I think abbout
it the more I know they will be fine together. In this part of country,
that style of jacket is worn year round.
Thanks again for your encouragement.
Juno

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Juno, I'm sending very good wishes to your friend.  Having
been through the worry and stress when my sister had
melanoma surgery, I know how difficult this is for her (and
for you), and you are being a very good friend.

--
Beverly
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Beverly, I will pass  your good wishes along. She is like a sister to
me. We have been friends for 45 years and I want her around for a long
time. Life has not always been easy for her. She has lost 2 husbands.
Both very fine men.
I worry about her all the time. she lives alone out in the boondocks and
none of her children are close by. She is a wonderful person and the
best friend anyone could ever have.
Juno

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Juno B wrote:
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Any chance she could move into town and/or nearer to you
temporarily? Or even permanently, because as she gets older
she'll probably need more assistance.

I had my sister here with me when she was going through her
cancer surgery and later reconstructive surgery, it was just
easier for both of us.  I drove her to her appointments, and
it saved a lot of time and gas not having to go to her place
each time.  And I was able to care for her here after each
one, instead of worrying about her being alone at her place.

--
Beverly
http://ickes.us/default.aspx



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Do you know what stubborn is? Well that's her. She refuses help from
everyone. Has to do it all herself. Won't sell, won't move. I don't need
a ride to anyplace, thank you/ We have had several go rounds because she
is so stubborn.  But she still refuses all offers of help. From me and
her children.
Still she is my best friend and I do as much as I can for her that she
will accept.
Juno

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Juno B wrote:
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That's very sad.

--
Beverly
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On 1/19/2011 10:32 PM, BEI Design wrote:

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I talked to my friend today. she had to have a little more tissue
removed for another biopsy. Her daughter is here with her now and her
son is coming this weekend for a few days. That makes me very happy to
know that she has consented to have her children stay with her for
awhile. Without fighting them. We had more snow yesterday afternoon and
at least I know that she's not out there alone. That eases my mind a lot.
Juno

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Oh, Juno, I know you are greatly relieved that your friend has allowed her
children to stay with her for a while.  It's so sad when people don't want
family around when they are ill and could really use the love & support of
their family.

Emily



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On 1/21/2011 7:31 PM, Emily Bengston wrote:
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I feel much better about her today. We've had 2 snow storms this week
and expect another one next week. I know she has people with her to take
care of things she needs done and not have her worry about getting out
on bad roads. She has great children, she always tells me she doesn't
want to impose on them. When she says that she knows I'm going to speak
my mind and I do.
Juno

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Juno B wrote:
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Good for your friend, AND for her children.  Sheesh,
independence can be taken a mile too far.

--
Beverly
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On 1/21/2011 7:44 PM, BEI Design wrote:
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As I said before we have had some go around's about her stuborn
independence. When I spoke to her today I just told her how glad I was
that she has family with her. I think they just told her they were doing
what they know is right and not what she thinks they should do.
Juno

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Juno B wrote:
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I had to practically hog-tie my Dad when it was time for him
to have some hands-on help.  He had been the one, all his
life, taking care of everyone else.  He had a really
difficult time letting go.  He was just so sure he would "be
a burden".  It took my brother and me several weeks to
finally convince him it would be easier on all of us if he
came to live with me.  Saved me about half the running
around I had been doing.

--
Beverly
http://ickes.us/default.aspx



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Juno B wrote:

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You are such a good egg!!  It's so wonderful to have a friend who is that
precious to you.  I'm glad her children are coming to stay (whether she
likes it or not! lol)  It's not always easy dealing with the mule stubborn,
but those are the folks who are also incredibly loyal.  Gotta take the good
with the bad.  



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Let me know how it works out for you.  For the actual lining, you will want
something slicker so that jacket goes on and off easier.  But the flannel
trick worked well for me when the girl was little. :)


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Never, ever. :)  (If I really thought you'd have trouble getting a bite
down, I'd make sure you had apple butter to put on it first!  LOL)

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One of my favorite things about sewing is that while there are some things
that you must do to make a garment (like clip curves, and notch corners,
etc.) , there aren't any carved in stone rules about HOW you make the
jacket.  If you want to take a "spring" looking floral and make a winter
coat out of it so you have that pop of color in the middle of a gray, drab
(Or total white out) winter, then you go for it!  I completely understand
the need for a pop of color and flowers in the dead of winter.  Sometimes,
we have to remind ourselves that spring will come again!  (especially with
the winter you're having!  Behind deep snow gets really old after a
while!!)

And you're welcome.  :)  I'm always happy to be the cheerleader. And you
know I'm a huge fan of "try something new!"

Sharon
---
Never try to teach a pig to sing.  It's a waste of time and just annoys the
pig.

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mamahays wrote:
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Why, yes, as a matter of fact, I did:
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However, that jacket met *at the center front* (no overlap).
Juno will have to do some additional calculating and
fiddling to make the CF on her pattern match.  Juno, you are
welcome to e-mail me privately.

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<snort>  Don't let my children hear that!

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<Bowing> :->

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I agree.

--
Beverly
http://ickes.us/default.aspx



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