Notion- Word Origin and History for notion notion
Spring/Summer Ottobre Woman issue, caught my eye, because of the notions. The plain white coat, accented with bright yellow cord locks and contrasting zippers was something that I wanted to copy. I had a really nice white synthetic knit with a fleece back in my stash- just enough for this jacket, with barely a scrap to spare. I made a size 42 in the neck/shoulder, and 44 in the body, and I'm happy with the fit.
I cut it out first, then went to look for the notions to go with it. Here's a pic of all of the notions that I got for the project:
The cord locks were the hardest to find. I really wanted a bright lime green, and the only place that I could find them in small quantities was on Ebay from this vendor. They took about a month to get here, but I think it was worth the wait. A word of advice- if you order some notions from China, put everything else in one place while you wait. By the time they arrived, I had completely forgotten where I put everything else, and wasted a couple of hours tracking it all down! I had bagged up the cut out pieces, but my husband had thought it was a bag of leftover scraps, and used one piece to clean up some oil. Yikes!!!! Luckily it washed out. Whew!
Since Ottobre doesn't have illustrated instructions, I took photos along the way of some of the more unusual steps, so that if mine turned out okay, I could pass this process info along to you- just a little supplement to their written instructions. A warning, my sewing is imperfect at best, so if you are a perfectionist, and get caught up in my crooked seams, then just squint. It all looks fine when you squint.:)
First, interface the edges of the pocket opening. Then, place the zipper next to it to determine how much it needs to be shortened. Stitch back and forth over the teeth at the new zipper stop, and cut off the rest of the zipper, leaving about 1/2" below the new zipper stop.
Apply Wonder tape to the wrong side of the zipper tape, and press the pocket bags to each side of the zipper, folding the pocket bag back and stitching from the top of the zipper to the bottom.
Lastly, thread a short piece of elastic cord through the zipper pull and cord locks, tie a knot and cut off the excess. Pockets- done!
Then the last step of the hood is to attach it to the jacket body, and cover the neck seam with the bias. Hood- done!
Insert the zipper to the front edges with the teeth exposed, and stitched in place. The last step is to bind the edge of the zipper and seam allowance together with the binding fabric, and then stitch down. Zipper- done!
Here is what this looks like from the outside:
Do you avoid patterns with lots of notions? Or do you seek them out so that you can use cool inventions?