Thursday, March 06, 2008

Frustrated

I'm determined to finish up some UFOs before allowing myself to start a new project. The #1 project I had targeted for today is my red peacoat-styled jacket. It only needs the six buttonholes on the front and the sleeve hems. So I've got two buttonholes done and they are driving me crazy. This fabric is a red stretch twill by Liz Claiborne. It's of excellent quality, but it was a bad choice for this garment. It has too much spandex in it which gives it more drape than is productive in a structured jacket. It drapes more like a shirt on the body. And the buttonholes are stretching as I sew them. They end up buckling and wavy. :( It's really discouraging. The area under the buttonholes is interfaced and they are supported by the facing and its interfacing as well. So I know it's not that the area is insufficiently underlined. Hhmmmrrrphhh! It's making me really grumpy. I'm using very large buttons that will hide the buttonholes, but it still bugs me. The whole jacket is bugging me. It looks homemade to me despite the care I took in double-topstitching, Hong Kong finishes and other RTW details. It's times like these that I doubt the time and expenditure invested in sewing. I really feel like chucking this thing!

UPDATE

This one did not have a happy ending. I could not get the buttonholes to turn out right because of the stretch factor. And I just could not resolve myself to the overall drape of the jacket. I knew that it would forever bug me and I decided to chuck it. I feel guilty about it. It seems irresponsible, but I know it will just sit in my closet unworn. So I can get rid of it a few years from now when I realize I'm never going to wear it or I can bite the bullet and get rid of it now. So...it's outta here. And I have to admit that right on the heels of guilt, I feel relief. I simply was not happy with the jacket.

Charity

6 comments:

Paula said...

Charity, I feel your pain! Is it channeling, as Tim Guinn would say, happy hands at home? Would you consider working the buttonholes by hand?

I'm wondering, do you have to drive all the way into Anchorage to shop?

CharityinAlaska said...

We have a few options for fabric - WalMart (snort) and JoAnn's. There are quite a lot of quilters out here in our Valley. So there are a couple of quilt fabric shops, but no where to buy nice shirtings, wools and silks. And the knit selection is very poor. Anchorage, unfortunately, doesn't fare much better. More of the same, several JoAnn's and lots of nice quilt shops. However, only one independent fabric shop, Three Sisters, and they are both small and VERY expensive. I tend to do most of my shopping in Portland, Oregon every 3 or 4 years. My MIL and I make a trip there after attending the Puyallup Sewing Expo.

Paula said...

Wow, the amount of advance planning involved in that little scenario leaves me in awe!

Interestingly enough, there aren't really that many good fabric stores in Seattle. BUT I will be in Portland this very weekend...where do you shop?

CharityinAlaska said...

We love the Mill End Outlet store (great designer wools, coatings, silks, ethnic, special occasion, fab knits - all at great prices), Fabric Depot (more mainstream, but a large selection), the Button Emporium (a whole store of buttons and vintage trims) and Josephine's Dry Goods (EXCLUSIVE, to-die-for fabrics, snooty saleswomen so dress to impress or be prepared to be treated like riff-raff, things like mohair coating and cashmere woolens, silk velvets, very expensive) There is also the Pendleton store, small and hit or miss, but you can occasionally find beautiful blanket wools for fab coats)

Charity

Charity

CharityinAlaska said...

Also, we've never made it there because neither of us does much outdoor clothing sewing, but there is a shop called Rose City Textiles that is supposed to have great recreational wear fabrics.

Paula said...

We have Seattle Fabrics for outdoor fabrics. Now to see if I can talk DH into fabric shopping...