Design Problem

This piece started out as a stole, and it was very pretty.


But the more I looked at it, the more I thought it would make a great jacket.  So a few folds here, some cuts there, shoulder and side seams and ta-da! A kimono-type jacket.  The only thing that was bothering me was down the front, the ends of the rectangle that didn’t get marbled.  It needs something…

Machine satin stitch around the neck and down the front – fail.

Bias tape!  Nope.  Couldn’t find anything in satin and I’m not in the mood to try to dye to match, cut,  and fold my own.

Next?  How about some nice gold gutta linework?  Epic fail.  Freehand gutta lines are a lot harder to get even and steady than you might think.

Mkay.  Cut away the wiggly gold linework, which required undoing seams and repositioning the left and right front pieces, but it actually turned out to be okay because it hangs better anyway.

Finally ordered some 1″ silk satin bias ribbon from Dharma Trading to dye and add around the neck and down the left and right front edges.

flame top open

Looks good!  Yay!  But wait… maybe it should close in front.

flame top snaps

uh… no.  Doesn’t hang right.

Handmade frog closures!  After a lot of practice following these instructions I came up with this.

orange flame frog closure

Not so much.  Couldn’t get them spaced right and this looks worse than the snaps!  Lose the frog closures.

After all this I went back to the plain ribbon binding and I’m happy with it.

So class, what did we learn?  To add closures to a silk garment you better have some kind of placket with interfacing or it’s just not going to look right.  Making your own frog closures is an exercise in patience and perseverance but it can be done.  But make sure your loop fits over the button part before you sew them on.  And last but not least – overthinking probably won’t end well.

On to the next…