There was a little girl …

There was a little girl,
Who had a little curl,
Right in the middle of her forehead.
When she was good,
She was very good indeed,
But when she was bad she was horrid.

– Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Oh, oh. This was me. I’m supposed to be working on PIGS (Projects in Grocery Sacks). I had this great plan about finishing a few of the smaller ones to get a head start on Christmas gifts. I’m supposed to be completing projects I’ve already started but then, my wardrobe started frustrating me. It feels like nearly every garment I own is 100 years old (that may be an exaggeration) and I’m tired of them, all of them!

I like garment making. I am fortunate in that most patterns fit me with no alteration required. So I decided to put the PIG project on the back burner and do something to help my wardrobe. Bad Lori!

But check this out … the second Staff Pick block that I did for the October/November 2012 issue of Quilters Newsletter used the Rouge et Noir Contemporary Florals collection by Michael Miller fabrics.

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My Staff Pick Block













I had the scraps from that. Then at a fabric grab, I got a bunch of fat quarters of the same fabric. With a little creative piecing, I was able to make this fun jacket. The pattern is the Mismatched Medley Jacket from Indygo Junction. I’d left myself a note on the pattern the first time I made it to make it 1½” longer so I did that. (There’s a hint for you, if you want to do something differently the next time you make a quilt or a garment from a pattern, leave yourself a note on the pattern. Then you won’t forget.) And instead of the shirttail hem the pattern shows, I made the bottom straight.

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Mismatched Medley Jacket












I like it; it’s lightweight so I can wear it year round. It’s a little funky – not too basic. I’ll enjoy it.

I think I’ve told you that I am a little bit obsessive. That may explain what I did next. Bad, bad Lori.

There were still a lot of pieces of the Michael Miller black and white fabric, so I spent most of the day Saturday “making fabric” for a second jacket. I used my serger so the edges are all neat and tidy. When I finally had it all serged together, I had a piece 40” wide but when I tried placing my pattern pieces, I didn’t have enough unless I wanted a jacket with only one sleeve.

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The Beginning “Fabric”













I went to my stash on Sunday and found some more black and white. I had some pieces from Northcott and P&B Textiles and some that had no selvedges so I don’t know where they came from. There was a significant amount of solid black and even though in the photo it appears that there is solid black, it is not. There are white dots in the patches that look black. So I pieced my new scraps but then I divided it in three pieces and put into my previous fabric in three different places so everything would still blend together nicely. I chose those places carefully so I could break up some of the larger patches in the original piece.


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Now this is enough.
















Now when I pinned my pattern pieces in place I had plenty of fabric to work with.

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I checked to see if the pattern pieces would fit.

The space at the top is room for the second front and the facings.














A couple of hours later and I have the jacket nearly done.

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The Genie’s Jacket


Unfortunately, it is huge! I’ve been joking that the genie in Aladdin could wear it. It may not be quite that big but it measures 8½” larger around than I am. That’s nearly enough room to go camping in, no tent required.

At this point, it was bedtime so I didn’t get it done. I’ll need to do some altering before I hem and put on the buttons but it’s going to be a second fun jacket.

So even though I was really bad when it came to finishing PIGS and getting presents done for Christmas, I had a great weekend. How about you? Are you making lots of presents and nearly finished? Or are you still thinking about it? Or like me, did you get sidetracked and do something else entirely?

I think I may go home this evening and be horrid again. Or maybe I can now call my jacket a PIG and finishing it will be accomplishing the original goal of finishing PIGS.

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6 Responses to There was a little girl …

  1. brenda says:

    your jackets you made are great. l like them alot. seems like they are really in now.

  2. Susan Paxton says:

    Lori, I love your inventiveness. I am very impressed…I didn’t get much sewing or quilting done this weekend due to the fact that I am in process of moving. I did get some packing done and put new binding on a quilt that a friend asked me to fix. I almost forgot…I put new elastic in the sleeves of that same friends jacket. She recently had back surgery and cannot lift her machine up to the table or sit for long enough to accomplish this task. Plus I babysat my three grandsons Saturday night. I guess I had a busy weekend.

  3. Nann says:

    “You know you’re a quilter when you start to sew a garment with 1/4″ seams.”
    That could be a partial excuse for the roominess of your new jackets! I am impressed that you made not one but two. I like the crisp graphics of the first one and I love the patchwork of the second. I have three “last jacket pattern you’ll ever need” patterns. I haven’t made any of them. You may have inspired me!

  4. Kimberly Baum says:

    I love the jacket & also love the block. Is there a name for this block & where it can be gotten?

  5. Lori Baker says:

    Thank you all!
    Kimberly, the name of the block is Arrowhead. Email for more information.

  6. Marcia says:

    Making do with whatever fabric you have is a great idea. I too have a serger which languishes on my desktop unless I am making pillowcases for ConKerr Cancer or for St. Jude. This is a wonderful idea and I know just the fat quarters and yardage I would use. Is the Indigo Junction pattern you used still available, and do you know if it comes in plus sizes?? Thanks for blogging about your weekend. Mine has been spent making snack mix with butter, brown sugar and Karo syrup. It never lasts and I have gifts to give yet too. LOL Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

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