Monday, February 23, 2015

Motor City Express Jacket for a Motor City Girl!

    I am so excited about the Moto Jacket that I am making in a class at Haberman Fabrics.  It is being taught by an Islander Systems instructor.  Technically, I don't live in the Motor City, but in the suburbs of Detroit.  I still consider myself a Motor City girl because I was born in Detroit, went to church in Detroit as a child, and graduated from Wayne State University in the heart of Detroit.  I love the city.
     Ironically, I wrote to Craftsy and requested that they offer a class featuring Janet Prey and this jacket.  Soon after learning that Craftsy was offering the class, I recieved an email from Haberman Fabrics spotlighting their class for the jacket.  I need a deadline now and then.  I always do my best work in the final hour, and like the one-on-one contact with an instructor.  Hence, I will be spending four Saturdays in the middle of fabric heaven!
Samples were available to be tried on at the American Sewing Expo in September.
Here's hoping my jacket looks like this!

     The zippers are the most expensive part of the jacket.  It calls for 7 zippers, but that's what makes the jacket look so special.  I chose 3 black and silver Ghee zippers and purchased four extra pulls.  They are really beautiful and will give the jacket a professional look.  Learning to shorten the zippers and apply pulls and stops was really fun -- not easy but fun.

     My instructor, Diane Kroll brought so many beautiful samples.  We tried them on for size, and I fell in love with her fabric combinations.  It was really difficult to choose a fabric with so many possibilities.  Haberman Fabrics has an amazing selection.   The weather has been sooooo cold here in Michigan making warm wool very inviting.  However, I won't be finished until March, so I chose a beautiful linen blend. I decided to go for a less dramatic look that I can wear with almost any color. It is a gray herringbone, and the contrasting black lapel makes it pop a little.

 Stay warm if you are in the midst of this crazy winter freeze!

     

10 comments:

  1. What great zipper pulls! I'm excited to see how your jacket turns out!

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  2. This sounds like a fun class. I will gladly follow your progress!

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    1. It is much more fun when you get to share the experience with blogger friends.

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  3. Thanks Kyle! I am excited to see the finished jacket too. You might recognize the first picture because you took it.

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    1. That was a fun morning! I really enjoyed it!! Thanks for meeting up with me (and for taking Joi's class with me--it was SO GREAT having a friend there with me!!)

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  4. I'm watching you, as I started mine, and chickened out! Local girl in a suburb, too (Oxford)!

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  5. Having seen this jacket in person, I can say that it is a true work of art. BEAUTIFUL!

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