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My katherine Hepburn jacket!

JanF | Posted in Photo Gallery on

Trying to attach some photos of my Katherine Hepburn inspired jacket – the dress i tried to make would not go near me – so much for rushing it!
also It looked decidedly naff – but the jacket is great!
Lovely colour and I embossed some leaf patterns into sleeve areas. hope the attachment works cos its on a word doc. file – if not I will try to do proper photos – but my daughter took these for me!
Hi to everyone – i’m very busy at the moment doing exam stuff so hardly have tinme to chat to anyone!!


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    blondie2sew | | #1

    Oh my gosh Jan!! How gorgeous!! What wonderful work!! I did notice the detail you did on the velvet!! I have been wanting to do this...

    Absolutely fantastic!! Job well done

    I have been crazy too so I have been a ghost woman for awhile!!

    Thanks for your inspiration!!

    1. JanF | | #2

      Thank u - if u see my other posts u will realise the jacket was fine - the dress a disaster!
      I think a combination of wrong fabric choice - man-made crepe effect, but creased as easy as anything, the shape was all wrong - I looked as solid as anything(plus couldn't do up the waist fastening - which is another nail in my diet)and I think it would look so much more like the picture makes it out to be - if i cut the dress part on the bias for it to cling and drape a bit.
      Ah well u win some u lose some!
      Here's to try no. 2!

  2. Josefly | | #3

    When I saw the photo on the other thread, I assumed the fabric just came with the leaves embossed on it, but you did that yourself! Makes it even more beautiful.

    1. JanF | | #5

      Thanks - dead easy to do - just used a ready made stamp(I think I acquired it a few years ago out of a magazine on crafting - probably to make your own Xmas cards)!but it has to be a good quality hard one - otherwise eventually the rubber raised bit disintegrates with the heat
      Of course this didn't happen to any of mine!!
      The rest of the fabric I pressed ontop of an old towel and the sort of "crushed" effect added to the texture of the jacket overall - also it helps to hide creases!
      AND any mistakes you might make!
      I was pleased and I will use the decoration methods again.

      1. solosmocker | | #7

        I love the embossing. I always thought you needed some really special stamps to do it though. I like the way you ironed the velvet to get the texture. Have you ever washed velvet? I do and it gives it the most wonderful hand and texture. It seems to work best with the rayon velvets. It makes them very "sumptuous" and also make the garment washable after. solo

      2. Josefly | | #8

        Thank you for the description of how you handled the velvet. I also appreciate solosmocker's suggestions for washing it. I think I'd feel more confident dealing with velvet, now, with those suggestions; the last I sewed with rayon velvet was more than 40 years ago, and it was touch-and-go, for a relative novice who was more daring than knowledgeable.

        1. ryansmum | | #9

          Wow! ABsolutely beautiful. I love the embossing, the color, the shape.

          Where did you get your lovely dressform? Is it for show or is it a hard working form?

          I have 2 Wolf dressforms that look liked they have been well used over the years.




          Edited 12/12/2007 9:16 am ET by ryansmum

  3. solosmocker | | #4

    Wow! Jan, this is just gorgeous! The embossing is so distinct too. Just wonderful!


    1. JanF | | #6

      thank you - in fact thanks to anyone who has sent me comments - really appreciated at the mo. cos I'm full of cold and feeling a bit sorry for myself - could be Ive caught a dose of man-flu!

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