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G&G sewing society April kit

I kinda like kit: everything I need is in one place, so here’s no thinking about anything. I also like presents in the mail! So in April I ordered the G&G sewing society as an experiment. 

To me this kit is quite an intimidating make. I’m still not 100% on zips, and I’ve never done snap fasteners before.

I ordered the version in ‘sky’ colour. It was the only one left in my size: but that was lucky as I wanted that colour anyway! It came quite quickly, yay! But I was still working at that point, so it had to wait until the weekends.

The kit included:
  • Printed Closet Case Kelly Anorak sewing pattern
  • Cotton twill fabric
  • Matching thread
  • 15 Prym anorak snaps & tool 
  • 26" YKK open ended zip
  • Liberty lawn
  • Woven fusible interfacing
  • Prym machine needles
  • Sew-in label - "Made by me with g&g'
 


I’m always a bit between sizes, and so I wanted to make sure I was sizing right. So I traced the pattern pieces for the main body onto Swedish tracing paper and tried them on. Based on that I went up a size :(

I traced all the pieces onto Swedish tracing paper before cutting out the fabric. I have been losing a little weight, so I’d like to be able to use the pattern in a different size in the future.

 


There are a lot of pieces in this pattern. I chose to do the variation with a hood, because that lovely Liberty fabric was included in the kit for the  hood lining.


When I came to sew up, I was really careful. I also did a lot of unpicking. Honestly, that seems to be a feature of all of my sewing projects. I just hope I’m learning from my mistakes! I did so much unpicking that I used the thread from this kit, another reel of the same thread (that I just happened to have, magically) and some of a slightly different colour thread too. Yikes!

When I attached the yoke I drew my sewing line in with a chalk pencil, since the fabric was hiding the washi-tape guidelines on my sewing machine. I ended up redoing the yoke a few times, as I was having a comprehension failure. I swear I followed the instructions.

 


I was impressed by how the pockets came together. Carefully following the instructions worked really well. And I was super impressed with them. I can see a lot of people on pinterest/instagram hack the pockets though, and when I do this pattern again, I’ll definitely do that. The placement is fine, it’s just the pockets have a mock-closure, and I don’t see an issue with making it a real closing. It would keep my mobile phone from falling out!



Here’s some examples of people who have done the pockets differently:

Most of the rest of the pattern went smoothly. The only issue I had on the placket was the placement of the fasteners. If you look at the pattern’s cove, and the drawing of  the open jacket, the placement of the fasteners is such that it would be impossible to zip the jacket! If you look at any pictures of the jacket made up you can see that the position of these fasteners is on the other size of the zip. Unfortunately I relied on the illustration, and didn’t read anything before starting this. So when I lined up the plackets I thought my fasteners would be much further away from the edge than they are. That’s meant that one or two of my fasteners are a bit too close to the edge.

 


This was my first time fixing any fasteners. So I did lots of practice. And I still had problems. One of the fasteners on the pocket pulled right through after using it a couple of times. I had to go back and add some fabric reinforcement to the pocket. So I’d really recommend doing that before popping the pockets on the jacket.

Here’s the finished jacket.



Summary
Pattern:Closet Case's Kelly Anorak
Fabric:Twill
Lesson learned:Lots about working with the kind of hardware that needs hammering in!
Audio book:Fifth Season - N K Jemisin 


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