Yeah, I jumped!
I rushed ahead of the sew-a-long and am now wearing my Ziggi. I have, however, ordered more material to make another one and this time I will do as Maris does.
I did hit some hurdles but managed to overcome them, not always in the right way but the jacket is finished and I’m proud to wear it.
For your information, I cut the pattern size 12 with 1cm seam allowance but I sewed mine with the usual 1.5cm (5/8″). This has created a closer fit, which is exactly what I wanted – I often think some biker jackets are a bit boxy – and I need a waist! To exaggerate what waist there is, I left the side seams to the last and sewed a curve: nipping in up to 2.5cm at waist and back out to 1.5cm at underarms and hips.
We have a striped lining with enough left over to knock up a Sorbretto or similar.
The lining is bagged using the black magic technique! I really can’t figure out how it works but it does! The instructions suggest leaving a seam in a sleeve open to turn the jacket right ways out but I used the peplum piece in the back. To do a easy (??) bagging, go here – West Valley College and choose lesson 3 Lined Jacket – absolutely invaluable tutorial. Bar the straight seams, Tiina Keller makes a lined jacket in little over and hour!
Thank you all so much for such encouraging comments on the previous post – how could I not carry on after that? Unfortunately, for some very strange reason my computer wouldn’t open my own blog! I could see everyone else’s, just not my own. Anyway, it fixed itself and this is now a universal thank you and an answer to some queries at the same time.
Vivienne – thanks for the tip about Clover wonder clips -off to check them out and great to have more sewing stuff.
Coco Savage – Teflon foot used but when I had to put in the zips the metal zipper foot did ‘stick’ to the fabric, so there is some puckering – just couldn’t be helped. I also released the foot pressure (from 6 down to 3 on my machine). Used a jeans needle and it worked well. Topstitching size is 3mm, everything else is 2.6mm.
Sigrid and Shams – thanks but no comparison to your perfect renditions of this jacket.
Pauline – good to hear from you.
Sewingelle – you and me are true rebels! Sewing-along without sewing along….
Megan – get those scissors out and start! I promise you, you won’t want to stop until it’s on your back
I’ve worn the Ziggi with a green pencil skirt (V1247), jeans and classic grey wool trousers so far. The moto style adds edge to the classics and this particular colour of not-quite navy-almost-inky-sort-of Airforce-blue practically goes with everything.
Rhonda, Linda, Marj & Velosewer – No, I’m not getting a motor-bike, just another motor-bike jacket!