Even now that I've picked it up again, I continue to make excuses to not work on it. I just know it will be hard and frustrating once I sit down. I am bolstered by two facts:
1) This jacket won't be entered into any shows, and any non-quilter will think it looks amazing and not see the massive amount of flaws in it (I am breaking like every rule in the book with the sloppy sewing on this thing)
2) I am almost done with the back panel, then I will only need to do the sleeves before it reverts back to following the regular jacket pattern. So the hard part is almost over.
Since my last post I hadn't done anything on the jacket until today. The first step today was to sew on these little strips that I am putting between each panel to make the seam mismatch less obvious (yes that is my secret plan to hide all of my horrible mistakes). Unfortunately, it is a curved seam. So when I tried to sew it on normally today I got a big ripple.
In the end it worked (after like an hour-long process). Here's the strip sewn on flat. Phew!
Next was the center back panel. A bit tricky because it's wider than normal, so the back and forth triangles won't fly. Instead I decided to to diamonds with triangles around them. The diamonds are the central fabric that's supposed to tie the jacket together; it's also used in the strips. Here I'm laying out pieces to see if the colors work.
Then I drew out the stitching lines on the muslin for my faux "paper piecing" method. The problem here is figuring out the stitching order. Which was beyond my brain so instead of stitching each piece to the muslin bit by bit like normal, I made strips.
Here are all the strips lined up and ready to be sewn together/to the muslin piece.
Well, it will come as no surprise that this didn't go correctly. Sewing the strips to the muslin led to plenty of seam mis-matches and imperfect diamonds. Which is fine but the strip is supposed to follow the diamond edges and the second-to-bottom diamond ended up way tinier than it was supposed to be.
To break the tedium I played around with my new gorillapod, basically a portable little tripod that lets you take self-portraits anywhere. So here are some "action" shots I took with it. :)