This is my second blog for National Serger Month, which is this month. I was looking for serged things to show you and I found a jacket I thought you would enjoy.
Many of us who are traditional quilters also have “quilty” jackets or sweaters. So let me tell you an easy way to make yourself a jacket. You don’t need to know anything about garment construction when you use this method.
Start with a good quality sweatshirt that is one size too large for you. Wash it to preshrink it. Cut it open by cutting the side seams open from wrist to hem. If there are not side seams, just cut it open where the side seams would be. Cut off the ribbing from the hem and from the wrists. Do not remove the ribbing from the neck edge yet.
Lay the sweatshirt out flat on a table with the wrong side up. Place your chosen fabrics on the sweatshirt. In the photo, you might notice that I didn’t do this step correctly. I put the fabric on the right side of the sweatshirt so the wrong side is what you see as the inside of the jacket. The wrong side collects lint. If I’d done it correctly, the right side (smooth side) of the sweatshirt would be what you’d see as the inside of the jacket and it wouldn’t be all linty.
You can use quilt blocks, whole fabric or assorted pieces of fabric like I did. The fabric for this jacket started with a set of charm squares. I filled in a few other pieces from my stash. I trimmed the charm squares just a bit with a wavy blade in the rotary cutter. It is important to cover every bit of the sweatshirt base, overlapping the patches a little. Make sure all the fabric lays nice and flat. Baste the fabric in place.
Add laces and embellishment tucking raw edges of the lace under the fabric. Free-motion quilt the fabric and embellishments in place.
I stippled the fabric down on this jacket but you can stitch whatever pattern you’d like to get the fabric attached to the sweatshirt. I find the sweatshirt is sturdy enough I don’t have to use any stabilizer.
I also added cuffs.
When all the fabric and embellishments are free-motion quilted in place, serge the underarm seams back closed. (You knew I was going to get to the serger eventually.)
Use a ruler and rotary cutter and cut the front open. Remove the ribbing from the neck edge and bind all the raw edges just like you’d bind a quilt.
And here is my completed jacket. The laces are a combination of purchased lace, hand crocheted lace and machine embroidered lace. I love this jacket.
If you’re considering buying a serger, this month is a good time to check into them. Some sewing machine companies are offering special deals during National Serger Month.