Monday, November 14, 2011

a blue sparkly jacket

Thank you all for the warm feedback on my "about me" page and my ideas for Sewing With A Plan.  I love hearing about your thoughts and I am delighted that many of us will sew along together for SWAP 2012.  Heck, even if we don't finish all eleven pieces, it is brilliant.

I started a jacket over the weekend using the sparkly blue fabric that came my way via Claudine of Adventures in Couture.  On a quick errand to get elastic for the mulching yoga pants (which came clean after 3 washings) I spied the perfect blue zipper with brassy metal teeth.   That zipper told me the time had come to sew up fabric that has twinkled at me for months.

I decided to sew a hoodie and remembered my cosy jacket pattern.  I used the hood pattern from the Jalie City Coat pattern and now the jacket is cut and ready to sew.

All I need is lining - and it was pretty exciting to find so many options in my stash:





Each of these fabrics looks wonderful with the blue sparkle (which resembles a quilted denim) and it makes me want to sew all of these prints into blouses or dresses to wear with my adorable hoodie jacket.

Wouldn't all these imaginery outfits look great with my new *Frye boots?  If only I could clone myself and sew them all at once.

Ultimately, I want the jacket to be versatile.  I love the fabric and I know I will wear it a lot, so that might mean a blue lining (same thing Claudine did!) that matches closely.

Does anyone you know where I can find well-matched lining?  I know folks used to send swatches up to stores in NYC and ask them to find matches, do people still do that in this day of the internet?  

*The Frye boots
Here is the story on the boots.  When I was 14, I saved babysitting money to buy a pair of Frye boots.  I didn't realize that my feet had not stopped growing.  
image via Etsy
A year later, they were too tight and those much-loved boots never got the wear they deserved.  That memory came to me when I was window-shopping on my lunch hour last week.  I had just picked up my car from the auto detailer and it still smelled like sour milk.  Yes, I dumped a pint of milk in my car and boy am I sorry now.  I think people should cry over spilled milk because it really stinks!  
HOWEVER, my impulse boot purchase made up for the ill-fated purchase in my teens AND gave me strength to live with the smell in my car-with-only-12,000-miles-on-it.

Seriously, those boots made everything alright again.  Now I smile when I get in the car - I just think about my boots.

So!  Do you have a preference on any of those fabrics as linings?  I am partial to the first one, and my husband likes the second one.  Or am I right, and I should get a matching blue for the lining?  
Decisions, decisions!  
Opinions?

25 comments:

  1. I love the first print, but so much that I think it should be a blouse and not a lining. I'd go with the solid and follow through on your thought of blouses for the prints.

    Have you thought of steam-cleaning the milk out of your car? Either yourself or at a detail shop?

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  2. Well, I really like the last lining, but I am partial to those colors and I love that print! If you want to match, I believe Sawyer Brook will do that for you (www.sawyerbrook.com). They do that type of thing for buttons, too. Have fun!

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  3. I love linings #1, #4 and #5. I think you should take a leaf from your boot story. Use a fun lining and it will make you smile every time you put the coat on! You deserve it.

    Kickin' boots. ;)

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  4. I think I like #4 the best. :)

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  5. Lining - the first would be fun, the second more serious. the last one is a print that I personally love, but feel the blue is too dark for your jacket fabric.

    Spilled milk - as a child someone in the household broke a gallon jug of milk on the carpet in the living room. don't know how it was cleaned up, but do know that for years after, if the weather got damp we could still get whiffs of sour milk from it.

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  6. I own a pair of Frye campus boots too! I love them, but the pinch my little toes. I think I should have gone a half size up. I have had them for two years now and have still not "broken them in" in that regard. The leather is like steel! So pretty though.

    All the linings are nice. Maybe one of the blue linings so the jacket is as versatile as possible.

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  7. We had spilt milk smell in our car and we used "Natures Miracle" a product from the pet store to get rid of puppy smells...works fantastic. It breaks down the enzymes in the milk and after one dousing, the smell was gone. Good luck with it!

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  8. I am partial to the first lining, but you also make a good case for exact matches.
    The last two times I needed a lining I ordered samples from Mood of a few that I liked and it worked out well. Emma One Sock provides Pantone numbers, so you may be able to match it that way also.
    I love the boots! My saved up for boots in high school were bone colored naked leather Zodiacs that were knee high, but could be folded down. I don't know what happened to them, but I wish I still had them!

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  9. oh, use a lining you're crazy about... don't let it dictate what you'll wear the jacket with... unless the lining is in the hood as well... hmmmmm.

    ...another vote here for Nature's Miracle... works wonders and is certainly worth a try... Good luck... (wish they'd poured it through the space where the heater fan lives in my car and where mice make nests and get killed by the fan!!!!)

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  10. I'd go with the second one if you're not matching, but in the photo, the last one looks like a pretty good match, with all the dark blue and then the white to bring out those sparkles. I think it would keep the coat really versatile while still being fun.

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  11. I am ALWAYS telling my husband I wish I could clone myself and have one of me sitting at the sewing machine all the time. He replied that then there would be twice the mess around the house lol. I still think it's a good idea. Sorry to hear about your stinky car, but the crying over spilled milk comment made me laugh. Oh, sorry, no opinion about the lining, except to say that I agree with your doing something simple that will go with all those beautiful fabrics.

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  12. Great choice of lining. I like print 1 best.

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  13. My vote is for the pink squares. I think it will be something that makes you happy when you wear the jacket. :-)

    And I also second the Nature's Miracle. That stuff is absolutely amazing.

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  14. Seems as though everyone has a different opinion. For jacket versatility, your best option would be to have a matching lining. (I went through a phase of "happy linings", only to realize that "crazy" lining definitely made certain options of blouses impossible.) That said, I love the striped fabric and #5 with the flowers. Whatever you choose - it will be beautiful. That fabric is just wonderful!

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  15. I like the plaid, lol. Or, you could take part of each fabric and use all of them. It is inside the jacket, after all. No one need know but you that you were completely unable to make a decision. And I use a product called Odoban to neutralize cat urine -- surely it would work on sour milk!

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  16. My $0.02 - I love #1 then #4. You have spunk and #1 suits you well; so go for it.

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  17. I like #2 and #5. And I think it will be just as versatile with an interesting lining as a plain one...does the lining really conflict with a blouse enough to make the jacket less versatile? Not in my world, anyway. I think #5 is close enough in color to be considered a matching blue. But #2 is my favorite,and really, all those colors will go with everything.

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  18. Vinegar will remove most bad odours. Love your blue sparkly fabric.

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  19. I like the second and last ones best, I'm not overly fond of perfectly plain linings.

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  20. Beautiful fabric, Robin. Good luck with the SWAP.

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  21. I like linings 2, 3, and 4 best. They seem the most versatile.

    If you're interested in Bemberg, New York Elegant Fabrics on 40th Street has a big selection. Silk would probably be nicer, though, and that you can buy many places.

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  22. I love number one, probably too much to use it for a lining. I would likely use the solid and use the number 1 for a blouse:)

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  23. Personally, if you like to wear printed tops--go wuth a solid lining--won't distract so much them that way. Sometimes too many prints can be a bit much! And I love your boots! Had some similar when I ws in High school in the 70's, saved me a lot of cold feet walking home. Try Glade spray for your smelly car--they have one that is just for getting rid of odors and it has no strong smell itself.

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  24. O.K. I have no idea how old you are... but I'm thinking that I'm a bit older than you... cause I bought the exact same boots... while I was serving in the Navy in Japan!!! My problem was that since I bought them by mail order (most stuff we bought was) I ordered them a 1/2 size larger to fit my calves... not so smart! They were always too big... so I had to wear extra heavy pairs of socks to fit the foot well! LOL... small world!

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  25. LOVE the striped lining. Unless you are going to around with your lapels folded back, I don't think there's any need for matched lining. But I am a lover of print linings.

    Fabulous boots make everything better!

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