My visit to New York last week included a very rushed visit to the garment district, of course! I wasn't really looking for fabric, but I wanted to get the Riri zippers for my motorcycle jacket. When you zoom in close to the Oscar de la Renta jacket the brand name is clearly visible. I bought the satin finish open end zipper just like the original, one 18" open end and 4 6" zippers for the pockets and sleeves. $68 dollars. I know I could have bought YKK for less, but the fabric is worth it. They make them up for you while you wait, maybe 10 minutes.
While I was waiting I browsed the store, and I found what I've been looking for in NY, Petersham ribbon! They have it labeled as rayon grosgrain, but it has the proper loops at the edges and it's half the price at $1.50 a yard for 1 1/2" wide that I paid $3.09 a yard on line. They just don't know what to call this stuff, so how can you find it when you ask for it?
See those edges? That's what enables you to steam this into shape. They have it in a lot of widths and colors.
Progress, even though I put my back out yesterday. Again. I have not been religious about doing my back exercises so this is my payback. I have stenosis of the spine, so I really need to keep up my exercises.
I made the pockets this weekend and sewed most of the lining together. That's the coral color on the left. Burda says to hem the jacket first and then sew on the pockets. I didn't because it would be impossible to bag my lining that way. I pressed up the hem and placed the pocket on the fold. I also decided to leave off the belt loops and I enlarged the pockets. They were so small that after the topstitching I'd be hard pressed to put my hand in them. But, then again if you make them following Burda's instructions, you can't put your hand in the pocket anyway. They have you put a buttonhole in both the loop and the pocket and button the two together. As I said, no way to actually use the pockets.
The collar and lapel still need to be topstitched.
A3 NUM o 0357 DRESS
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