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Lucy Jacket Up-Cycle Project: Re-Visited

Some projects are worth a RE-SHARE, and the Lucy Jacket I created is definitely one of those.  My passion for re-cycling/up-cycle sewing is becoming an obsession!

Original LUCY Jacket Post from 11-19-13

“I just had the most FUN creating this jacket for a very special friend who loves – LUCY!

Beauty of Stitching with TWO Machines

And, oh my – am I now spoiled with having TWO sewing machines!  I kept black thread on my old, trusty Pfaff 7550 for basic construction (love that Dual Feed!).  For decorative and ‘invisible’ stitching, I used my new BROTHER Quattro 3 for the decorative/monofilament stitching. I couldn’t believe how easily it handled the Wonder Thread – YLI Monofilament.  I selected this cross-wound thread instead of a parallel wound spool (Superior Mono-Poly) because the thread rides horizontally on this machine.  I had NO trouble what-so-ever winding a bobbin with the thread – NOR even using the needle threader or cutter on this machine – AWESOME!  The only thing I found was that since the thread is so slippery, that once I used the thread cutter, I needed to pull some extra needle thread out so that it didn’t UN-thread again!  Sew……YEP, I’m a 2 machine sewer now – at least for my decorative, art-t0-wear, and I’m confident I’ll save time by not having to change thread so often, as I really do NOT like to construct with monofilament thread.

T & Fabrics Re-cycled

I started with an “I Love Lucy” T-shirt that I found on eBay for about $10.00.  Then I scrounged in my  black knits and found:

  1. a sheer knit black jacket I’d bought just for the fabric

  2. a teeny black/white stripe

  3. a lacey black fabric with a wonderful selvage

  4. a basic reversible (though I didn’t utilize the lighter side)

The edge at the neckline and the bottom and center front is actually ALL of the black stretchy mesh jacket ‘fabric’ – all raw edge, except for the center fronts – for which I utilized both sleeves, folded in half so the fold is at the center front – and even the angle of the sleeve cap became the lowermost hem edge! The neckline edge at the back neck had to be the lacy knit – as I didn’t have enough length of the black mesh. I used the black/white stripe with raw edges – cut usually at about 5/8″ wide to stitch over top of where one fabric joined the other.  I found it didn’t roll unless I pulled it – and then when I pulled it, it would make the surface to which I stitched it pucker up – so that didn’t work.  Instead, I ‘coaxed’ it to roll with my steam iron.  It kinda did and kinda didn’t roll, actually – so fine – it is what it is.