Still struggling with jacket fit

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It's been an on and off battle to get my jacket pattern to fit right.
The tissue pattern has so much tape on it I decided  to buy tracing
pellon that I can baste  That means I have to trace out the pattern and
be sure I get all the markings on it. To make it a little easier for DH
to see what I'm talking about I decided to trace out both sides of the
pattern so it when sewn together it's a muslin. The big problem for me
is that when I trace my back starts hurting after an hour and I have to
stop for the  day. So it's a long process for me. It probably would take
some one else about 30 minutes to do the entire thing. I'm being very
careful and also marking the seam lines and that also slows me down
more. I think one more session of tracing and marking and I'll be done
and ready to baste everything together.
To keep myself sane I cut one of DS old shirts apart and made a throw
pillow out of it. I should have taken a picture, but dropped it off as
soon as I finished sewing. I'm pleased with  the way it cam out. I cut
the front of the shirt with the pocket in place and  the buttons
buttoned and the back of the shirt for the back of the pillow. I looks
pretty neat I think. It's a brown plaid and goes great in their new
family room. They have brown leather furiture in there and the walls are
are a dark tan. the plaid also has a dark tan in it almost the same
color as the walls. DDIL is so pleased with what I did, that she said
she was going to look for more  old shirts for me.
Juno

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That jacket is going to be amazing when you are done.  The fit will be
fantastic.  I know it's a PITA doing all that work now when you just want to
dive in and make the jacket already!!!!  But you will be so glad with the
finished product when it fits you so very well.  And!!! By making the muslin
now, you will have no problem at all with the construction when you get to
the final version. :)


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I have to throw in a quick project every now and again if I'm in the middle
of something huge too.  And you're right, it will keep you sane. ;)  I'm
soooo glad your DDIL was tickled with the pillow.  Sounds like it was
perfect.  Take pictures of the next one.  ;)

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



Re: Still struggling with jacket fit
On 3/27/2011 10:21 PM, mamahays wrote:


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As always, you are a great ego builder. I decided this was the best way
to go since it really is the blind leading the blind for Bill and I in
this project. He really does do a lot to boost me along in a project
like this. I just wish my lousy back would stop giving me so much grief
when I want to get these very necessary details done. I'm not about to
cut corners, I just get impatient when my body doesn't want to cooperate
100%
Juno

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Are you standing at your cutting table and leaning over when
you trace?  If so, perhaps your back would do better if you
sat at a dining height table so you wouldn't have to lean.
Just a thought.

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That sounds like a fabulous project.  I still have all the
Pendleton wool shirts I made for DH, for a while I thought
about cutting them up and making lap quilts for me and the
DDs, but it's just too difficult for me to actually take
scissors to them. So here they sit...  :-(

--
Beverly
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I can't use my dining room table because it's an antique and wouldn't
want to do that. It's also small and a bit tippy  at times and I mst end
up with a table in my lap. My kitchen counter is a bit narrow to hold my
cardboard cutting board even when I fold it in 3rds so I end up at the
cutting table and go very slow.
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  I would be very hard pressed to cut something like the Pendleton
shirts. When DDIL gave me the shirt, had actually given me 3. DS took to
o f them back when he saw them in my hands because he said one was the
one he wore when he met his wife and the other one had been given to him
by a very good friend. So I understand how you would feel about not
wanting to cut them. I think it's a wonderful sentiment.
Juno

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Juno B wrote:
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I said "dining height".  How about a sturdy card table?  I
do sympathize with your sore back, every time I wash my dog
(in the deep sink in the laundry room) I end up with a sore
back for a couple of days.  Getting old stinks!

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Giggling at your DS taking two back, that pretty much
explains why I have so much "stuff".  :-}

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Beverly
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Re: Still struggling with jacket fit
On 3/28/2011 12:40 PM, BEI Design wrote:

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  My misread. I have  a card table but it has a bit of a belly in it.
I asked for a piece of plywood for it, for Christmas, but DH didn't
think it was much of a gift, so I didn't get it.Can't complain though,
I should just take a trip Home Depot and buy it myself. Just about
finished with the tracing but there will be more on another project.
Yes getting old stinks. The problem with my back has been with me,
unfortunately, since I was about 21 yo. It started when I was a young
nurse. I was squatting down to get something from a cabinet, someone
walked behind me and clipped me in the back with a knee and I went
sprawling. About a year later I was trying to straighten out a patient,
who was sliding down in his chair. Explained what I was going to do and
as I said 3, he gripped the arms of the chair and reused to give himself
a push. That really finished the job on the back and I've had trouble on
and off ever since.

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It is pretty funny, isn't it.
J

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Juno B wrote:
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You might want to run some adhesive (duct tape?) around the
edges so you won't have splinters.  A realy good sanding
after filling might work as well.

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Yay!

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Sorry!  While my back aches if I lean over too much, usually
it's my knees and hip which give me real problems.  There
are hip and knee replacements, nothing yet for spines.  :-}

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If you say so...

Beverly



Re: Still struggling with jacket fit
On 3/29/2011 6:17 PM, BEI Design wrote:
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You know we all have choices to make. I can't change it, so I live with it.
Not always gracefully or willingly but still live with it.
The good days are good and the bad days....   I bitch about it, but keep
doing the best I can and hope people don't get to upset about my bitching.


Re: Still struggling with jacket fit
On Tue, 29 Mar 2011 15:17:32 -0700, "BEI Design"

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The nice fellow at Carter Lumber told me I wanted "Cabinet Grade"
plywood, which is already sanded -- and still very cheap.  They also
cut it to the exact size and shape I wanted.  I did have to use a
sanding sponge vigorously around the edges, but that didn't take long.
Oh, yeah -- borrow a pickup truck when you go get it.  The guy who
loads it into your vehicle will appreciate it.  

--
Joy Beeson
joy beeson at comcast dot net
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Re: Still struggling with jacket fit
On 3/29/2011 10:33 PM, Joy Beeson wrote:
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Thanks Joy, I'll have to ask someone to go with me. I really apprecialte
the heads up on the plywood.
Juno

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Juno, I love he idea of making pillows from shirts, especially if there is a
significant feeling for it.
Emily



Re: Still struggling with jacket fit
On 3/28/2011 8:42 AM, E Bengston wrote:
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It was an easy fun project to do. I cut the front with the buttons
closed so it made 1 piece and the back into a square. I made each piece
19 inches square. Since it was a plaid I  matched it up. Sewed all the
seams 1/2 inch wide and then finished them off with the serger.I then
unbuttoned the front, turned it right side out, slipped in the pillow
form and and re-buttoned. Since  it was a well washed shirt I Didn't h
ave to worry about shrinkage and the buttons make it easy to take off
the cover to wash it or replace the pillow form if necessary. I was very
pleased with  the finished results and as I said before it's perfect for
their new family room. That room is just beautiful. They converted the
garage. DS had  professional help for most of the work, but he did the
wiring and plumping and he and DGD put down the floor.  The heat  is
under the flooring so he put in a laminate floor. He also designed the
room. It has a gas fireplace and a ton of storage cabinets.
Juno

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