The Inside Scoop

When I was first learning to sew, I’d often remark, “It’s a good thing no one can see the inside!” I’ve heard the same comment from others who are new to the hobby, and I always try to reassure them that it will change and some day the insides of what they sew won’t have to be hidden.

I finished this jacket today and have to say that I’m particularly pleased with the insides. While I always turn a garment inside out during and after sewing, this is the first time I think I’ve ever photographed the results. (I’m not sure if the person to whom this jacket has been sent reads my blog but she has a great sense of humor and I think she’ll laugh to see it inside out and hanging from a tree.)

The pattern is a modified version of Butterick 5187. I combined a couple of the views so the jacket would look more like a smaller one I’ve sewn, right down to the binding on the sleeves. This particular jacket has gone a step further with the addition of welt pockets with flaps (which is a post for another day).

What makes this jacket special in my eyes is the amount of hand sewing involved. I’ll be the first to admit that I avoid hand sewing whenever I can. I’m kind of an immediate gratification sort of girl; I equate hand sewing with “labor intensive” and “time consuming.” Seriously, who has time for that?

Let me tell ya: sometimes it is worth it. This jacket would be lovely no matter what but I really think the hand sewing — the facings, hem, bindings — elevate it in the construction department. Yes, I could have finished the jacket two hours faster but it wouldn’t be quite the same.

12 Replies to “The Inside Scoop”

  1. My grandmother would be beaming, so proud that someone took the time to do it by hand. All of her things looked like that on the inside & I hardly EVER want to do hand work myself! I know exactly what you mean…I am busy & CRAVE the instant gratification!

    Fabulous job on that one! 🙂

    Mandys last blog post..OUTSIDE!

  2. Wow! You should be proud of your work! How tempting to wear the jacket wrong side out to show off the inside?

    I understand your instant gratification sewing. My name for fast sewing is McSewing.

  3. Hello–I’ve been lurking here for a while. I found you via another blog. You have beautiful work, and you are an inspiration be be a wonderfulmom. About the jacket–I know that when I show my mother anything I make–she goes for the inside first! It’s just a sewer thing.

    Catherines last blog post..FIREPROOF

  4. I don’t usually like doing hand sewing either. But with that last dress I made, I actually did hand sewing. It wasn’t too bad but not something I’m racing to repeat.

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