Saturday, January 04, 2020

An Animal Print Wrap Jacket Vogue 8930 ~ AKA The One That Took Me Four Years to Sew :-)

Happy 2020!  I'm starting the new year - and new decade- by finishing some of my sewing WIPs. I had posted a YouTube video about two months ago sharing what I had to finish.  Figured if I went public I'd be more likely to finish.  Seems to be working as one is done!
Vogue 8930 Animal Print Wrap Jacket worn by Sharon of Sharon Sews blog
This wrap jacket is Vogue 8930 (and currently still in print). I love the BIG collar!  In fact, that's what attracted me to the pattern.
Vogue 8930 Animal Print Wrap Jacket worn by Sharon of Sharon Sews blog
The only drawback to this big collar it that is covers so much of the beautiful fabric. I'll probably scrunch it up more around my neck so it doesn't fall over my shoulder as much.

Let's talk about this animal print fabric!  I bought it from Emma One Sock in 2016.The poly/wool cheetah print was described as a "medium weight washable fleecy jacquard woven with a yarn-dyed cheetah design in rich and vivid tones of teal, mocha and black. It has a brushed, fleecy texture on the face and a flatter knit on the reverse, but the cheetah pattern is on both sides."  The wool content is only 10 percent. I can't wear wool without itching, but I hoped the low wool content would be okay. I'm happy to report, so far so good.
Vogue 8930 Animal Print Wrap Jacket worn by Sharon of Sharon Sews blog
Knowing this jacket required fabric that looked good on both sides, I thought it would work beautifully.  And I was right!  I'm really happy with the jacket, but I did have a few challenges along the way. In retrospect they were minor challenges, but they did cause me to tuck this into my sewing closet and leave it alone for nearly four years!

The pattern is rated "Very Easy" and it is indeed easy. I sewed view A, which is the shorter view. It is an unlined, single-layer jacket. However I didn't read the description close enough because I missed the "raw edge finish" part.
Pattern cover for Vogue 8930 wrap jacket
 Basically to construct the jacket you are instructed to stitch the seams by lapping one over the other (matching seam lines) and stitching in place with two rows of stitches.  As I did so, I realized the fabric was raveling rather a lot. But did I stop? Nope, of course not. I kept going, until the jacket was ready to be hemmed.

At that point I realized it was not going to work as sewn and that I would have to rip out all of the stitches and resew everything. 

So, what did I do? I folded it up and told myself I'd rip everything out "next week".  Ha!  Next week became next month, then it was next season, then next year, and before I knew it we were packing to move to Texas.

And the jacket still wasn't done. But I couldn't leave it behind! So it moved to Texas as one of my sewing WIPs.
Vogue 8930 Animal Print Wrap Jacket worn by Sharon of Sharon Sews blog
During one of my recent bouts of insomnia, I spent an hour ripping out all of the stitches. Seriously, it only took me an hour!

At that point I cut off all of the raw, ravelled edges. The jacket is oversized so I knew cutting away some of the seam allowance wouldn't have an impact on the fit.
Cutting ravelled edges off of the sleeve fabric piece for Vogue 8930
I decided to line it (View C is lined) so I cut out the back and sleeve lining pieces, figuring the ravelling seams could be zig-zagged and hidden inside the lining. Except to line the jacket I needed to "self-face" that big ol' collar, and I only had scraps of the animal print fabric left.

French-seams to the rescue! Every seam in this jacket is a French-seam, which I then pressed to one side and stitched in place. Ha! Take that you raveling fabric!  Those seams are not going to unravel anytime soon.
Since I wasn't 100 percent sure how I was going to attach the back lining to the front (with out the self-fabric facing piece) I decided to just line the sleeves, thinking lined sleeves would make it easier to slide the jacket on no matter what I wore.

I basted the lining to the wrong side of the sleeve and treated it as one piece.
Lining basted to wrong side of sleeve on Vogue 8930 jacket
Doing top stitched French seams on this fabric made for some bulky seam intersections!
Wrong side of jacket showing french seams on Vogue 8930 Sharon Sews blog

I finished the raw edges (collar, jacket hem, sleeve hems) by turning the fabric to the right side 3/8" of an inch and pressing in place.

Next, I placed velvet animal print ribbon over that and stitched in place along both edges of the ribbon. My handy-dandy knit-edge foot for my Pfaff was perfect for making sure the stitches were even.
Using PFaff knit-edge sewing machine foot
The velvet ribbon shows on the collar, since the wrong side of the fabric shows.
close up of velvet ribbon trim on neck edge of Vogue 8930 wrap jacket
The ribbon is hidden on the inside of the hems, but I love that little detail. If I hadn't lined the sleeves I probably could have made this completely reversible as all the seams and edges are finished neatly.
Inside out Vogue 8930 jacket
But I definitely like the "fuzzy" side of the fabric being the right side. Especially from the back side of the jacket.
I sure wish I hadn't waited nearly four years to complete the jacket. Once I ripped out all of the stitching and started over, it only took me six hours to complete.  Here I am, contemplating why I waited so long :-)
Vogue 8930 Animal Print Wrap Jacket worn by Sharon of Sharon Sews blog

On the bright side, by waiting I now have a brand new jacket that is perfect for Texas winters! 


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  1. A cute jacket and glad you were able to remove the stitches to rework this. It looks great on you! So glad to see you sewing again and I hope you are doing well!

  2. Wow, great jacket. All that rework was definitely worth it! Love the velvet ribbon trim used to finish the inside of the collar.



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