Wednesday, November 26, 2008

New technique again

I'm certainly not planning to be a daily blogger, but I want to share this progress with you. This is my jacket of 100 errors as I refer to it. It's Vogue 1063 and I was not too happy with the first version. There were several reasons for that, but one was the lining method I used in that jacket. So I started another version, but used a combination of tailoring techniques and finishing it with a rtw lining method: bagging a lining.

As said in an earlier post, this is something I've never done before. I read about it for the first time (2 years ago) in the book Power Sewing by Sandra Betzina, which was one of the first sewing books I bought in the English language (and  still consider it as one of the best books I bought on sewing. It gave me so much inspiration for making my skills better) . After reading about several methods (Kathleen Fasanella's tutorial on the internet and the method described in "Jackets for real people"), I decided to use the method Sandra Betzina described.  The main difference (if I understood it right) with Kathleen's method is ... Here stood some text in which I was wrong, as Kathleen made clear to me. I was not aware of another method described by her and used a tutorial that was written for a very specific series of jackets that were not her design. She prefers a reference to the tutorial you can find here. But I didn't know this "nameless tutorials series" untill tonight. Sorry Kathleen.

Let me say that NancyK was right in her comment. She said: "Once you bag the lining you'll wonder what you were waiting for." And it's true, not difficult at all, and I will certainly use this method on future jackets.

There are no pictures of the construction of this jacket, and final pictures of me wearing the jacket will be made in the coming days.

Now to decide what to sew next. So many ideas, and just don't know what to start with.


  1. I need to try bagging a lining myself.

  2. Tonight I'll be picking out the stitches from my failed attempt at the Kathleen Fasanella method. I've tryed it three times (different projects) and can't seem to make it work. When I did a mock up it looks beautiful but I can't make it work in real life.

    Your coat looks great.

  3. I'm not quite sure what you did, but it looks good. When I use Kathleen's method I use what she calls "Nameless Tutorial" series, which describes with pictures step by step for bagging a jacket with hem, facing and lining. Here's the link

  4. Off to check out Kathleen's tutorial :) ! Thanks for posting this info. Yeah, this is another one of those perceived "hard" things that irritates me. That's what makes me annoyed with the Internet--irrational fear. I remember being in 10th or 11th grade in high school and making a blazer with a bagged lining. If a 15 or 16-year old could do it by reading Big 4 pattern instructions with no help/no Internet/no books, it's not that hard. The only thing I remember about it at the time was thinking, "This is going to work?" And once I right sided everything out, it was perfect. I'm sure the pattern had decent instructions too.

  5. Ouch! I know you don't realize it but this makes me look really bad as I've explained in my personal email to you.

    It would have been more appropriate to use the "nameless tutorial series" Birgitte mentioned in a head to head comparison. That is the only fair comparison. And fwiw, that's the way I would have sewn the suit coat in your example.

    Dawn, I'd be interested in seeing what you've done in the process. I'm sure it's something minor but do send me a link so I can look it over. You're an intelligent talented woman, if you have a problem, so do others.

  6. I have used a method by Cecelia Podolak - but haven't compared it to other methods. Certainly saves time :)

  7. I have yet to complete a jacket, so I'm impressed with your efforts.