I think one of the best things about the making of the two jackets was in the finishing.
Here are all the pieces for the black jacket, all laid out, ready to be sewn together. I always feel like the elf in the story about “the Shoemaker and the Elves” when I get to this bit. 😉
I took great geekish delight in sewing the seams and fitting the sleeves – I’ve included this picture of the navy jacket being sewn up as it shows the wool yarn I used to sew the seams. I find that possum is generally not good for sewing up. All that pulling the yarn through the seams tends to weaken it, and your seams will pop quickly, or you’ll find the yarn breaks during sewing. A wool yarn keeps it together much better (not machine washable yarn though – I don’t like how it’s so slippery).
Fitting in the collar.
I quite like those ‘do it yourself’ furniture kits – like the ones in Ikea – where you have to put all the bits together to make a finished result. Sewing up all the pieces after knitting feels a bit like that. This collar was especially rewarding. It wasn’t until I tacked the pieces into place that I saw how it fitted in.
Inserting the zipper was slightly less delightful, but so rewarding to see a nice result. This picture was taken after I’d tacked in the zipper – I took a picture to make sure the fronts were lying flat and the zip wasn’t wrinkled. Somehow I can see this detail better in a photo than if I look at it with the naked eye.
I used what I call the Russian zip technique. I blogged about it the first time I used this, so I will just refer back to the original post if you’d like to know how to do it, rather than talk about it again. It’s my favourite method. Such a neat result!
It was a mighty relief to see that the zip was exactly the right length for the jacket fronts!!
As you can see in this picture, this is the inside of the jacket – I’m covering over the back stitching with another edging (slip stitched into place). It creates a very neat zip with no rough edges or edging that feels scratchy on the inside. Apologies for the horrible pictures. It was close to midnight when I did this…
I am afraid I was singularly unsuccessful in obtaining modeled pictures. 😦 The jackets were cursorily admired before being stuffed into a suitcase. Sigh. Hint to non-knitters: This is not the way to inspire one’s Knitter to do future knitting for you.
The pattern was well written and clear. I’d definitely knit it again for anyone needing a basic jacket. It fits very well, and the collar folds over to create warm, windproof protection around the neck.
Yarn: Supreme Possum Merino in navy and black respectively
Pattern: Adult unisex raglan jacket, a free pattern by Patons