15 March 2015

S2284 Zipper-trim Welts: Just No.

I'm working on view D (model in upper left corner) with the zippered welts above the bust.

Yeah, you know where this is going. 

In theory it's a cute accent, in practice...um no.  Big no.


All I see is expression-less robot.  Kinda like this guy:

Seriously.  This is what came to mind and I cannot un-see it. 

I know better not to put bells and whistles near the twins.  Buuuuuuut, I thought I'd try this thinking that possibly maybe perhaps it might not be so bad.  Yeah, no.

The welts are interfaced, folded, and topstitched onto to the jacket front.  There is no amount of pressing that will make this lie completely flat.  Even if I topstitched the sides onto the jacket, the welts will stick out in an unflattering way.  Honestly, I don't see how this will look good on any jacket.

Soooo...it's off with the welts.  I'll give the patch pockets a try and see how it looks.

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A HUGE thanks to everyone who left feedback about the cardi.  I'm still learning what styles are right for me and I am glad to have some honest (for or against) opinions.  Thank you!!

Peace!

L
 

 

19 comments:

  1. Best of sewing on your jacket. I know you will get the pockets worked out just fine.

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  2. So right now they are pseudo welts? Meaning, you haven't cut into the fabric to make the welt pocket? (I'm guessing that statement is true as there is no "I cut the fabric and now my jacket is ruined" angst).

    I'm generally against bust-pockets; the only exception I can think of is a jean jacket. My bust is small but still, as you would say, no.

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    1. Right, so Simplicity calls these "welts" but they're not traditional welts. They're actually thick-flaps-that have-no-chance-of-remaining-flat topstitched onto the front. There's no cutting into the fabric or anything.

      I added the pocket flaps on my jeans jacket and like it. These "welts" are just a bad idea masked as cuteness. =)

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  3. Have you thought of trying the welts on as low pockets? Since you have done all the work take them off and pin them down the bottom of the jacket and see how they look. Looking forward to seeing the finished item.

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    1. I didn't try moving the zippered flaps down because they're not wide enough. I think they'll look weirdly intentional.

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  4. lol if it doesn't work for you don't do it, I'm workingon some quilt block that just scream no at me no matter how many cheer me on to keep going ,big NO flasing in my mind lol!

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    1. Heed the no! LOL Those welts were screaming "bad robot" at me and I had to say no. =)

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  5. I agree with Beejay..have your welts but accentuate the waist instead.

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    1. The jacket is too short unfortunately. Maybe on the second one. =)

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  6. Omg.. I felt that way when I sewed vogue 8502. I ended up moving the pockets to the waist. Need to redo the buttons, but in the mean time moved on to another proketct. Like some one else said, move them to the waist... make it work diva.

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    1. It looks like another plain front in this version. I tried the patch pockets and it just doesn't work. Oh well.

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  7. Arrgh, I lost my comment! I'll start again. These welts just are not working - and I thin they will also broaden you again. You need to bring the eye down and out, so move the detail lower. Pin things first, stand back and look. Look again next morning. I see the pattern has a pocket at the bottom with a button - it's likely this will be enough. Then put the jacket on you and make sure you are happy. Then sew!

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    1. You're right. They add more volume both horizontally and depth-wise. The patch pockets didn't work either. I sewed them on and tried on the jacket. They just didn't look right because the jacket is short. They looked out of proportion. I didn't take pictures but should have.

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  8. Not sure if your patch pockets at the waist are the right size, but I have seen some cute welt pockets within a patch pocket. The jacket is going to be beautiful with that fabric with or without pockets.

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    1. You're spot on. They're not the right size for the shortness of the jacket and my height. My favorite Jalie 2559 has welt pockets and front flaps; they're in much more proportion.

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  9. Some great ideas about using the welts at the waist, again pin in place and see if they add or subtract. Isn't it good that we can make these decisions along the way.

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    1. Absolutely! This is why I like sewing. You can make these decisions along the way and not fret if it doesn't work out.

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  10. I'm with the others - welts as bottom pockets would be very smart.

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