Tuesday, July 31, 2012


I have never constructed my own lining for an unlined garment, but with a little help I'm feeling Olympic level confidence in doing so.  In the spring I finally picked up an out of print book that deals with the lining and only the lining; "Easy Guide to Sewing Linings" by Connie Long.

 Why this excellent book has gone out of print is a mystery to me, but being OOP means the prices can be all across the board. I've seen it for $3.99 and I've seen it for $80.00 plus. I picked mine up for $18.00 on a "Buy it Now" option instead of spending time bidding. But back to the book. Concise and easy to follow directions on how to make lining patterns for unlined garments, like jackets ( with and without details like princess seams), skirts, pants, coats etc. using the existing pattern pieces, half linings, lining materials, replacing old linings, lining pockets and on and on.

 What a fabulous resource and it is a treasured addition to my sewing library.

So armed with my lining book guide, I cut out my jacket, marked all the pieces and went on to using those tissue pattern pieces, complete with adjustments, as my template for the jacket lining. Here is picture of the jacket shell.

The lining is still in process on the sewing bench but pictures coming in the next post.

 The jacket fabric has proven to be quite challenging. It's a thick and thin twill weave in silk, cotton and wool. Might have a little rayon thrown into the mix too and unravels at the cut edges like nobodies business! I needed to get it together quick and serged.

I did a decent job of matching the fronts, and the two lined patch pockets. As a reminder, this is being made up into Simplicity 2153 which means elastic needs to be done in a casing for the waist and sleeves and of course that big fun collar with it's drawstring makes the jacket in my opinion.
I might even be tempted to enter it in the lined jacket contest over at Sewing Pattern Review in August. Might...

Since it seems I've fallen in love with fabrics with a French flair there was no way I was going to resist this Japanese interpretation of French Teddy Bears.

 It's a lightweight canvas and I have a pattern and some soft wonderful baby wale corduroy for trim and details.

Over the weekend I caught some of the Olympics. Mostly the equestrian events, all 45 minutes (commercials included), that they chose to televise. I always feel a bit robbed. Certainly watching beautiful animals show off in the dressage phase of the 3 Day Eventing is much more entertaining than table tennis? And of course, the times they they do give a fair junk of time to the equestrian sports is usually the most dangerous portion, the cross country. I watched in fascination and horror yesterday as falls and ambulances stopped the proceedings over and over again. Finally I had had enough and went out to ride my own athlete Cooper. As I was doing up my boots and grumbling about horse safety Gene asked, that if I was the Olympic Queen, would I ban that portion. I had to really think about that. I'm the last person who is all for saving people who feel the need to do stupid dangerous things. People want to go ahead and be ass hats with their own bodies and lives, have at it, but when you drag another into it, especially one who really can't voice an opinion, it changes the game, at least in my mind.  In all fairness, these equine athletes are very well taken care of, no doubt about that. It is noteworthy though, that few of these horses are actually owned by their riders. So would I ban it. No, but I sure would cut down on the number of jumps, the danger of the jumps and their placement in the course and concentrate more on flat work. I don't care what anyone says, having a horse running at a gallop for over 10 minutes on changing terrain complete with water features and steep drop offs be there 28 jumps or say only 18 well placed ones for horse and rider safety is still exciting and challenging. Here's hoping that both the riders and horses from Canada and Ireland are fit to ride another day soon.

Parting shot: Oh no, the soapbox is out!


  1. While I never watch the Olympics, I do like your jacket pattern and the progression with the darling lining. The fact that the pattern offers a vest with metal studs is way cool too. Sometimes we just don't have enough fabric to completely cut out a jacket and it would be quite the cozy thing to have a vest made from Cashmere or some other yummy rich fabric for the winter...winter?...is it coming back?

  2. I love your lining match with the jacket. And I too have a weakness for French cloth. Put a trip to Paris on your bucket list, if you haven't been yet.

  3. Personally, I think eventers are nuts... and I agree with your assessment of it's ok for the rider, but do you have to drag the horse into it? Yes, they're very well cared for, trained responsibly (in most cases) - I just think that the element of speed, jumping and undulating terrain is a recipe for disaster.

    I really like the simplicity jacket - I still haven't cleared off the sewing table (or the loom) to get working in there, but it's coming...

  4. Here...take my hand and step lightly off that soapbox, for you are definitely preaching to the choir here. I do think that accidents can happen at a slow speed too...as when Woodrow slipped on a rock in a stream and went down with legs splayed out like a dog. !!poor "little" guy

    I absolutely love the jacket so far and what a nice match on the plaid.

  5. You always have to best fabric, love the teddy bear fabric! Your jacket is shaping up to be a real beauty. Stella looks lovely as always. I don't watch the Olympics either, and have to admit the horse stuff looks interesting but I know zilch about it so I can't judge and will take your word for it.

  6. I'm trying not to think about the Olympics... I don't have cable/satelite, so I wouldn't get to watch anyway. I'd like to watch because you really don't see much of those events around here.

  7. mrsmole, Oh yes, as a vest it could be wonderful and thrifty of expensive goods too. It's a great pattern with a lot of options.

    Nancy, good idea, although I still have places I would like to go to before France. I love the lining almost as much as the jacket fabric. In fact I have maybe enough for a little shell of some sort left over.

    Laura, when I was younger I certainly was bolder with my riding, but even from a young age I respected the mount carrying me and honestly tried to never jeopardize safety or trust. Get that loom and sewing area ready soon!

    Mary, yes, even at a walk on a sunny clear day on perfect trails accidents happen. Oh poor Woodrow! Those shallow streams are sometimes more dangerous than a higher river. All slip and no float.

    Martha, I sure hope it turns out nicely. I am so lucky to have a fantastic variety of fabric close by.

    re-new, it's a lot of swimming. You can watch much of it on line, but if you're on dial up forget it

  8. We love watching the Olympics and I'm with you on making the event less likely to injure the horse. I wish they covered more women's cycling events....but it seems like swimmers are the only ones who count ;-)

    That's a neat teddy bear fabric and it sounds like you're having a great time sewing!

  9. Hey Theresa. I've just spent the last hour catching up on your wonderful posts! I'm happy that Murphy is back, and that everyone is healthy and happy up there! I'm with you on the horse events. I won't watch steeple chase or cross country, just too dangerous for the horse, who doesn't have a choice. I don't have cable anymore, so may catch some track & field when it starts on Friday. Haven't seen you for wayyyy too long, stop in and say hi!