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91  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / First stencil--Ken Jennings, Jeopardy! champion on: October 15, 2004 07:27:54 AM
I made this last night for my boyfriend because he is a giant Jeopardy! geek. Then I liked it so much I made one for myself! It was pretty easy, except my exacto knife was really dull so I had to cut it out with a loose straight razor. Yay for danger! I happened to have a silkscreen around so I used that over the stencil, but it probably would have been easier without cause it took awhile to figure out the right amount of ink for the silkscreen. I really wanted to make the bottom say "I'd like to make it a true Daily Double, Alex." but letters and stencils don't seem to like each other very much.

For the boyfriend.

For me.

Link to the stencil I used: http://www.upload4free.com/files/9980.jpg
92  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Big man jacket to pretty, fitted lady jacket tutorial (edited to fix pictures) on: October 07, 2004 08:40:19 AM
Last night, I needed a project to distract myself from the never-ending-wedding-gift-cross-stitch-of-death. So I started playing around with a coat I had, and it turned out pretty well! Heres how I did it. Note: this is my first tutorial, and Im not very good at figuring out the most efficient way to do things, so feel free to make any suggestions or changes to this. Also, this is very experimental so I would try it with a $5 jacket from goodwill before you raid your grandmothers vintage tweed collection. Also, this all would have been a lot easier if I had a dressmakers form, but I kind of like the constant fear of poking yourself with pins trying to get it to fit.

Start with a big mans suit jacket from goodwill. Make sure that its big enough that the pockets are below where you will want the bottom of the jacket to be, if you dont want to deal with pockets (which I didnt).

Tear out all the lining, and any other padding or anything thats in there.

Rip out the stitches connecting the sleeves to the jacket. You will end up with a vest-type thing:
(cats love sewing! yay!)

Put the vest on right side out and decide where you want the front to close. You may have to re-fold the lapels a little to get it looking like you want. Mark where you want it to close on the outside and on the inside of the jacket.

Mark where you want the bottom of the jacket to be.

Take off the vest and cut it about 3 inches below where you want the bottom of the jacket to be.

Put the vest on inside out and pin it closed where you marked it.

Using pins, take in the seams on the sides until it fits snugly around your waist, hips, and chest. I only had to take in one seam on each side, but you should play around with it. Also mark where your shoulder meets the jacket, so you know where to attach the sleeves.

Take the jacket off and baste the seams that you just pinned:

Put it on right side out and make sure it still fits the way you want it to. Adjust as necessary.

Take the jacket off and look at the arm holes. Mine got distorted with all the seam adjusting, so I had to re-trim them. Heres what they looked like, and the red line is where I trimmed them to.

Keeping the jacket inside out, take a sleeve that is right side out and pin it into the inside of the arm hole. Start from the top, pinning the top curve of the sleeve to where you marked your shoulders to be, then work around the armhole to the bottom. You may have to take in the bottom hem of the sleeve if the armhole is too small for it, but I didnt. Now baste the sleeve into the armhole. Heres what it looks like, basted:

Do the same with the other arm hole.

Put the jacket on right side out, pin it closed, and look at it in the mirror. Mark where it doesnt look right and make adjustments in the basting. This took awhile when I was doing it, to get the sleeve to sit right.

Cut the sleeves to an inch longer than the length you want them. I took off about 4 inches. Save the ends of the jacket sleeves for cute wrist cuffs!

Put the jacket on inside out. With pins, take in the bottom seam of the sleeve until it fits your arm the way you want. Take it off and baste the seam where you pinned it. Heres where I put the seam of my sleeve:


Now use your sewing machine to sew all the seams you just basted. I sewed them twice to make the seams a little stronger.

Hem the jacket and the sleeves to the length you want it (I hemmed by hand).

You can stop here if you want, but I wanted to give it a funky lining. I took some green satin I had left over, and cut it into three big pieces. I pinned these pieces onto the jacket, one in the back, going over to the seams that I had taken in, and one on each side. Pin the pieces all along the edge of the arm hole, top, bottom, and the seams youre bringing it to. I pinned it in right side out, but it probably would have been easier to pin it right side in. Dont stretch it too tight as youre pinningyou want the lining to be a little loose. Heres what it looks like, pinned:

Now cut around the entire piece, a half-inch away from the pins. This will leave you with a piece of lining shaped like the inside of the jacket. Heres what the side looks like, trimmed:

Pin the lining together, right sides together, along the shoulder seams and side seams. Unpin it from the jacket and sew the lining along the shoulder seams and side seams. You should have a little lining vest!

You could go on to cut lining for the sleeves the same way, and sew the sleeve lining to the vest lining around the arm holes. I ran out of fabric though, so I didnt do this.  Smiley

Now pin it back into the jacket, right side out, and hand sew the lining to the jacket along the top, inside the labels, and along the bottom. I machine-sewed the lining to the armholes for extra strength.

Thats it! You can now decorate the jacket, and add closures, and do whatever. I still need to add a closure, I think Im going to use a frog or something since I have a fear of making button holes.

This jacket was lots of fun, and took only about 3 hours to make. Let me know if you have any questions!

Edited to fix pictures, keeping fingers crossed that pictures will work...

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