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More than a month

More than a month ago I started this jacket, it is taking forever. Now spring finally arrived, I feel the urge to finish it and sew some brighter colors (and sew a bit more!). The topstitching really cost me headaches. Belinda in her review mentioned no problems with the alignment of dart and pocket,  Debra H had problems and opted for a curve. I had to fiddle a bit to get them aligned.

I was not satisfied with the topstitching and the width it got to be because of it coming from both sides of the pocket. I tried 3 times, and changed the topstitching to my Bernina machine. It kept looking very poorly and I then succumbed to not topstitching up to the dart. The easy way out...

Miriam and Mem: thanks for the details of my old Elna machine, I certainly agree that machines are not made like that anymore.


  1. It looks beautiful, very crisp.

  2. I know your new jacket with be marvelous. I know what you mean, I really want to sew something springtime bright also. My problem - I don't know what to start up next.

  3. I don't think it loses anything with not topstitching to the dart. The rest is looking great. I am getting back to sewing...well I have muslined up a skirt. Just need now to cut out the fabric and sew it..LOL!

  4. You are such an excellent sewist, I know this jacket will be marvy!

  5. Looking good Sigrid! This jacket is a lot of work but I still wear mine a lot. For me it was worth all the effort. I hope yours is the same.

  6. Sometimes, Burda really exaggerates. The princess curve is enough of a unique detail without cutting it up. Your choice is perfect.

  7. It looks great. I don't think that it loses anything by not toptstitching the dart. I laugh when you say you want to sew colors for spring, and what do I have planned, black and white!

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