I made the monster a sports luxe bomber jacket over the weekend and we are both delighted – only the poppers to be snapped on! The fabric is boiled wool from Fabrics Galore and will be really warm, perfect for a student running around town. The cuff fabric is a cotton rib jersey again from FG, so much easier to sew with than I had anticipated.
Things I learnt, using a walking foot really helped. The boiled wool is pure wool and a little buckly, I used a stretch stitch on my machine with a jersey needle, then over locked all the seams to neaten everything. Also used a twin needle to stitch the front placket in place, for this I used a bobbin instead of having a second spool of thread. My overlocking thread came from Wimsew, a brilliant haberdashers and well worth a visit – their overlocking thread is great value.
I also finished my first block in the Bee Europa 2014 – 15, and my bee queen has now received it – I loved the process and can not wait to see the finished quilt! The pattern is called Big Star and we followed a tutorial from the Missouri Star Quilt Company – it is big too coming out at 25 inch square.