April 13, 2013

19 Leaping for Kaffe Fassett: Staccato from Magazine 36



I finished my Staccato coat in 2009 after working on it for 3 years. Yes, you read that right: three years. I thought that accomplishment deserved a new photo shoot.










The coat is made with a favorite: Rowan Yorkshire Tweed Aran (discontinued) in the colors Maze and Tusk. Tusk is kind of odd... the tweed nubs look like coffee stains! I have so much left... what to do?? Kidding, kidding. I know what to do.



This pattern is by my favorite colorwork pattern designer, Kaffe Fassett.  It is stranded and has a 105-row pattern repeat, thus satisfying my need for self-inflicted knitting torture.  Oh my friends, there is no memorizing this pattern.  I always liked when I came to the part with the "rooster".  Yes, I had a lot of time to name those motifs.




The pattern has fantastic details to appeal to the seamstress in me:  1) lined pockets, 2) facing for side openings, 3) folded hem and zipper facings.








I like to put in zippers like a classic hand-sewn hem.  I cross my thread back over itself into X's, once from the knitted fabric to the zipper, then again within the zipper borders.






Always pick a strong fabric-backed metal zipper for coats and jackets.  Plastic zippers can bend in an unsightly manner, and sometimes warp with washing.  Knitted fabric can move in mysterious ways, you know.




I know you have been waiting for me to tell you why this coat took me 3 years to make.  In reality, I made this coat 1.75 times.  You see, like most Kaffe Fassett patterns, the sleeves have drop shoulders, and I looked awful in them.  

Upset, I took a sabbatical. 

I then used Ann Budd's "Handy Book of Sweater Patterns" to change the pattern to a set-in sleeve, but the dimensions really weren't right, and it looked awful... again.  

Frustrated, I took a leave-of-absence and contemplated life and the rules of knitting.

Are you sitting down?  When I was able to face the coat again, I pinned it, machine sewed the sleeves onto the body in exactly the shape I wanted, and chopped off the knitting with a good pair of scissors!





It fits beautifully, now!  heh heh.  I have been wearing it every spring and fall for biking to work for three years, and it still looks great.  Gotta love that Yorkshire Tweed.




19 comments:

  1. Excellent fix - lovely job!

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  2. my jaw. just dropped. to the floor. [AMAZINGGG.]

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  3. Get out! I am completely humbled my girl...at the beauty of this coat, at your perseverance, and your bravery to cut it with scissors of all things!

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  4. I see the rooster too! :)) The coat is gorgeous!

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    1. Yay! Someone else told me they thought they saw a horse jumping over a fence, too. =)

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  5. Fantastic! You should be jumping for joy!

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  6. You did an amazing job. It is beautiful. I also made one of Kaffe Fassett's coats and it took me years to complete. When I finished this beautiful work of art I realized that it did not look good on me.

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    1. Oh, no! It is so much work to find that out. Do you think you can fix it? OR at least... display it like in a museum? ;)

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    2. It is beautiful. I could send you a photo but I don't know how to do it on your blog.

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    3. Oh! Send it to my email: dayanak at gmail dot com. =)

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  7. Truly a work of wearable art and it looks great on you!

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    1. Thanks -- I want another one, but with more colors! 6 years??

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  8. WOW. This coat certainly did deserve a proper photo shoot! It's phenomenal! Great work on it.

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    1. Thanks. I am really happy with that photo shoot. Oh! I should probably credit my husband's amazing photo skills in this post!

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  9. Wow, it's holding up great! It was totally worth all of the work.

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  10. Wow, such perseverance and such beautiful results!

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