After the mental exercise of pants, I wanted to pick a quick and easy project as a mental cleanse. Something easy on the noggin’. I decided on the Papercut Watson pattern. I don’t know why I keep thinking it’ll be quick and easy because it’s not. It’s a fully lined jacket with bound button holes and with an additional complexity of the cape. But… is there a way to make it quick and easy… hmmm…
Papercut Watson Shortcuts
Here’s a list of shortcuts that I took to make it a quick and easy project. Not all of my decisions were wise so use these at your own risk.
Short Cut #1: Make the sleeveless version
No sleeves means less fabric, less cutting, less sewing and less fitting. Since it’s not ever that cold here, I can wear various long sleeve shirts underneath. Added bonus is that the shirt can give my outfit a pop of color since my jacket is boring grey.
Short Cut #2: Fit quickly
This style is looser on the body and the cape can hide a multitude of fitting issues so I skimped on the fitting. I went 1 size down because I’m only wearing a tee underneath. I shortened the jacket in various spots for my petite proportions. I also used a larger size for the hips for my pear shape.
Short Cut #3: Use non-fussy fabric
I used a thick drape-y felt for it’s non-frayiness. Felt also doesn’t have a grain so I cut the pieces without worrying about getting it straight on grain.
Short Cut #4: Sew regular button holes
The picture on the pattern cover has bound button holes. I did a normal 4 step button hole and Fray Stopped around it. The felt won’t unravel so I’m not too worried about the stability. Would have been much better if I had actually interfaced the facing piece.
Short Cut #5: Not reading the instructions
Needless to say that there was a lot of unpicking due to this. Since I added a decorative topstitch, there was 3x the unpicking. 🙁 boo hoo!! How and where the cape attaches to the body of the jacket is tricky. So tricky I did I fine on one side and managed to mess up the other side right afterwards.
Short Cut #6: Eliminate the lining
This was a good idea on paper. Less cutting, less sewing, less fussing, no additional shopping for lining fabric. The reality is that this was not a good idea. I don’t think it saved a lot of time because I ended up having catch stitch the hem and the facings to the jacket by hand. Good thing the felt fabric hide the stitching well. If I lined the bodice it would also be a bit easier to get the jacket on and off. At a minimum I should have lined the cape because a pretty pop of color would have been beautiful. Lining the cape would have been quick.
Short Cut #7: Eliminate the interfacing
Also not a good idea. In fact I had planned on interfacing it with a sew-in interfacing. I simply forgot to do it in my rush to get it done. ::palm to face:: The fabric is fairly stable but it could use the extra support; especially around the button holes.
So there you go. 4 out of 7 shortcuts were successful. In school that’s definitely a failing grade. But in the wonderful, rainbow filled world of sewing I’d give myself an A for not making a wadder. 🙂
Silhouette Pattern Jossilyn’s Top
The top I’m wearing underneath is Silhouette Pattern Jossilyn’s top. The fabric is a dark raspberry, gooey goodness wool merino from The Fabric Store. I whipped this up in one night by remaking a pattern I’ve already sewn before. I eliminated the French darts for even more speed. I’ve made it before in a less stretchy fabric, so this top is about 1-2 sizes too big. Which brings me to the bonus short cut.
Bonus Shortcut: Using the same pattern twice.
Blindly reusing a pattern is a bad idea. If the stretch is different, even if we’re talking wovens, you need to adjust the sizing of the pattern. I’ve done this haphazardly a number of time, resulting in garments that are too small or too large. Will I ever learn?!
I do love the yoke and the little pleats so I’ll learn to live with the top but it looks like I’m trying to hide a big Christmas dinner. Not hiding a big tummy but literally I can fit a Christmas ham in there.
Final Final Thoughts on Watson
In the middle of sewing, when the collar was not yet attached, I wasn’t sure about the pattern. It was a little.. umm.. Catholic priest-ish. No offense to Catholic priest.
When the collar goes on, it’s really cute. I love the high low hem of the peplum. Below are some more pics and views for those who made it to the end of this lengthy post.
Link to my pattern review.
Happy Holiday Shortcut Sewing,