Name that tune. I had no clue what rigel meant so I looked it up..allow me to enlighten you. Rigel is the brightest star in the constellation Orion and the seventh brightest star in the night sky. Then it all made sense to me. Oh yeah ya big dummy the name of the collection by Papercut Patterns was the Constellation collection. Doh!
PAPERCUT PATTERNS RIGEL BOMBER
An easy peasy unlined jacket featuring welt pockets and raglan sleeves with two different options, plain or with geometric details.
The perfect lightweight jacket to wear on a cool night looking at the stars.
Pattern: Paper pattern available here for $30.00
Fabric: Hot pink polka dot cotton sateen from Fabric Mart. I lined mine with a rayon challis from
Joann Fabric. The knit ribbing is from Stylish Fabric's etsy shop.
Notions: 14 inch seperating zipper bought here. Medium weight fusible interface.
Needle: Universal 80/12
Pattern Assembly: There is no assembly required but I wanted to touch base on the paper pattern itself. I've never ordered from Papercut before and was hesitant when I seen the $30 price tag. All of the floral bombers I've seen floating around the Internet were my enablers. The pattern arrived in a sturdy cardboard envelope. Inside that cardboard envelope was another square cardboard envelope containing the pattern. The pattern itself is printed on thick paper, reminds me of a brown paper bag, not that flimsy tissue paper that rips easily. After your pattern is cut out it can be hung from the envelope that transforms into a hanger. This gives it a workroom look. Love that! You can get a visual here.
Fitting: I first traced the XXS and made a quick muslin. Not thinking or even reading for that matter I basted with a 5/8 seam allowance. The jacket was a little snug. I finally picked up the instructions and seen that a 3/8 seam allowance was included in the pattern. So I did some unpicking and basted again with the correct SA. Perfect fit! What a difference 1/4 of an inch can make! I was super happy no fit adjustments were needed.
Construction: Attaching those welt pockets got a little tricky for me. I had one of those moments where I read the instructions twenty times and it just was not clicking in my little ol' pea brain. I started to get in a rage so I had to slowly step away. Got myself a little snack (ice cream it was!) and was ready to roll again. Then it kinnndda clicked for me. Well not really but I muddled through it. I think next time I'll approach it a little differently than the instructions by following this video tutorial. I also added a lining to my jacket and pretty much followed this tutorial by Elizabeth. All of my seams are hidden except for the sleeve hems. Doesn't matter because no one will see them and I serged them all nice and somewhat neat. I ran over a pin and messed up the blade..whoops. I slip stitched my facing to my lining while watching Dallas Buyers Club for the second time. Good movie and man it's crazy how skinny Matthew McConaughey had to get for that role.
Regrets: None! However I would like to find a more stable knit ribbing for my next jacket. The ribbing I used tends to stretch out as the day goes on.
Loves: I anticipated working on this jacket for a week. Sewing a jacket seems like a long process to me. WRONG! I made this jacket in two evenings. That makes me happy! It's also very comfortable. Today was a cold and rainy day and I wore it all day while crunching numbers at my desk.
Next time: There will be many next times and I'm now looking into my next Papercut Pattern. The $30 was totally worth it. Any suggestions? For this jacket I've been thinking of my fall version and how to draft a pocket into the lining to hold my iphone. oooh that might make for a fun sewalong!
I'm submitting this on Kollabora as part of my Selfish Sewing Week entry. Is anyone else joining in on the fun? Like I need an excuse for selfish sewing. It's all me sewing all the time, bahahaha.
I have no idea what my face is doing here and the wind always playing mean tricks with my hair!
Oh, Vito wanted to pop in and say hi.. did someone say treats? I mean I did just potty over there...