Every-time I catch a glimpse of my new Falda Jacket I’m amazed that I actually made it… and of course in awe of the pattern making skills required (take a bow Pattern Fantastique) to create such unique, bold and edgy, but yet totally wearable, garment.
This project definitely made my brain work a little harder than is normally required when I sew, but it was oh so worth it. I’m beginning to see the correlation between challenging projects and increased sewing satisfaction levels.
This jacket has been ‘in progress’ for quite some time. I purchased some rust coloured denim from House of Cloth in Bendigo (a big shout out to my fabric scout Sarah and her Mum for acting as the courier!) just after I had finished sewing my first Falda Jacket 18 months ago. Did I mention that ‘big projects’ often daunt me and take a long time to find their way to the top of my sewing queue?
I cut out View A (an unlined version with patch pockets) in April, took it away with me on a sewing weekend that same month and made a good start. Sometime in July I had the head-space to insert the zip (always a challenge for me!) and add the neckline facing. I then finished the jacket on another sewing weekend in August. Slow and steady wins the race right?
I bound the edges of some of the internal seams… not all of them (I prefer to stay sane) but enough to give the insides a little bit of a lift.
When I sewed my last Falda Jacket I was nervous about the top-stitching so I used all purpose Gutermann sewing thread in a matching colour. This time I felt ready to tackle proper top-stitching thread… you know the real deal in a visible colour!
Thankfully my Bernina Record 730 (a vintage machine from the 1960s) is a workhorse and it managed the multiple layers of denim and top-stiching thread without one complaint. When sewing with top-stitching thread, I use a normal all-purpose polyester thread in my bobbin and, in this case, a denim needle. After this project, my top-stitching fear has totally disappeared.
And to finish, some photo to show-case those seriously big sleeves and a spectacular local magnolia tree.
Pattern: Pattern Fantastique’s Falda Jacket (View A) – available in PDF or Hardcopy
Fabric: Rust coloured denim from the House of Cloth in Bendigo and Liberty tana lawn binding (which I made myself!)
Accessories: Scarf from Scarlet Jones
Location: Eastern Suburbs, Melbourne