Sunday, December 15, 2013
Fun with felting
I found three articles on felting wool jersey in my archive of Threads magazines, and after a little experimenting with some scraps, I plopped the first piece into a washer full of hot water and then into a hot dryer with satisfactory results. The articles suggested repeating the process three times, but even one time left me with such a reduced piece of fabric that I stopped there. Unfortunately there was not enough for this Marcy Tilton jacket (for which felted jersey is one of the recommended fabrics). The second piece was longer and by dint of careful placement of the pattern pieces I was able to use it. It also helped that there are no hems or facings on this jacket. All those outer edges are simply cut and left raw since felted jersey doesn't ravel. I'm not a raw-edge sort of sewer, but after trying various stitching effects on the edges, I had to conclude that they looked better left alone.
As always, I made a muslin for the jacket which led me to make a couple of crucial fitting changes. (For details, see my review on Pattern Review.) The result is a jacket that I'm really pleased with. The felted jersey was easy to sew, if a bit bulky. Of course, it wasn't the three-hour wonder that other reviewers had boasted about. I think I'm constitutionally incapable of making something quickly. And, of course, I couldn't just leave it plain. When I showed it to Mr C, he asked "what are those lines all over it?" Those, I explained, are embellishment.
That first shorter piece of jersey is still laying on my cutting table, silently challenging me to come up with an idea for turning it into another jacket. I just hope I'll get it done before winter here is over.