More Plain to Fabulous Fashion Sewing

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More Plain to Fabulous Fashion Sewing

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A jeans jacket is a go-to wardrobe basic. They’re casual, comfortable, and essential. Today’s guest took that wardrobe staple and gave it options—many options. Welcome back Lorraine Torrence, fashion sewing expert, who takes our fashion sewing to the next level on Fashion Sewing: Plain to Fabulous Part Two.

On this Sewing With Nancy episode, you’ll see how innovative sewing can be, using a denim jacket style as a base. To show style changes, Lorraine and Nancy used a classic jacket called the Jambalaya Jacket. Anytime there is a panel to fill, use that space to show your style! See how easy it is in part one of this series, Fashion Sewing: Plain to Fabulous. If you missed part one, Lorraine and Nancy modified and personalized her Town & Country Tunic. Watch part one here.

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Catch up on Sewing With Nancy episodes by watching online or pick up the Fashion Sewing: Plain to Fabulous DVD from Nancy’s Notions.

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Global Influence

If you’re spending time and talent to make a jacket, why not personalize it. Lorraine’s version of a jeans jacket is the perfect palette to showcase unique fabric combos. Lorraine’s first version of the Jambalaya Jacket combines African and Guatemalan fabrics. It’s a jacket with global influence.

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Strike a Cord

You might think of cording as a mundane accent, added along an edge or insert in a buttonhole. Cording can be anything but routine when you add Lorraine’s free form, meandering stitching to fill a space. Not only does this type of stitching add interest, there’s an added benefit of creating texture. We call this technique—Strike a Cord! Watch how this jacket is created on Sewing With Nancy.

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Unlikely Partners

Jeans Jackets and denim are a dynamic duo. But what about the iconic jacket style made with organza! On today’s featured episode, sheer fabric and this structured pattern at first thought seemed unlikely partners. In reality, they make a testimony to the power of sewing where creativity is only limited by your imagination.
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Carefree Couching

Small lengths of decorative thread and random stitching create the unique centerpiece sections of Lorraine’s next technique. No need to measure or worry about being accurate, this carefree type of couching—topstitching a heavy thread on fabric—is an ideal way to add an accent without a great deal of planning. See how easy it is to use a Free Motion Couching Foot on your machine as we demonstrate the technique in today’s episode of Sewing With Nancy.
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Watch Fashion Sewing: Plain to Fabulous (Part One and Part Two) on Sewing With Nancy online.

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For a chance to win the Fashion Sewing: Plain to Fabulous DVD and Two Patterns from Nancy’s Notions, please leave a comment sharing which jacket/tunic style is your favorite.

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Happy Sewing,

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  • Anne Z
    December 18, 2018

    Love the Carefree Couching style. It lends itself to so many possibilities.

  • Ennis A Weeks
    December 18, 2018

    Love them all!! So many options to make.

  • Clovis
    December 18, 2018

    I like the Strike A Cord. So many ways to have your jacket looking.

  • Diana Pals
    December 18, 2018

    I really love the look of the organza jacket! I would not have thought of using that fabric with this pattern, but I really liked how classy it was! What an innovative way to use a pattern!!!

  • Marylou
    December 18, 2018

    Wow! all are great hard to pick just one! Great jacket pattern!

  • MoeWest
    December 18, 2018

    I like Carefree Couching. I haven’t tried this technique yet.

  • Kimberly Hubbard
    December 18, 2018

    I live in a warmer climate and love the organza jacket. That is the one I want to make right now.

  • Jan C
    December 18, 2018

    The couching catches my eye.

  • Carol R
    December 18, 2018

    I enjoyed Lorraine’s Fashion show at 2018 Quilt Expo. I look forward to sewing the Jambalaya Jacket and selecting unique fabrics for this project.

  • Rosie
    December 18, 2018

    I love the decorative look of the couching on the jacket, but I’d also like to make the organza jacket. Both are lovely.

  • diane c
    December 18, 2018

    I like them all and would love to make one or two of them

  • Vi workman
    December 18, 2018

    Wow!!! All are great! Now i need to get me some texture fabric and decolorant to have some more FUN!

  • Jean GB
    December 18, 2018

    Can anyone ever have enough jackets?

  • Margaret Scott
    December 18, 2018

    Excellent jacket pattern with so many options. I woul make the sheer on first.

  • Helen
    December 18, 2018

    I am a weaver and I love the idea of showcasing a really wonderful fabric in a jean jacket. Thanks for this show!
    I like view one and it’s “V” shaped front panels. Very attractive.

  • Sandra N
    December 18, 2018

    Strike a cord is my favorite! Such nice choices!

  • Julie Kill
    December 18, 2018

    Jean Jackets are my chief fashion go to! The problem is that the jackets I have don’t match my wardrobe. Also, I work with chemicals, so having jackets that coordinate with my simple cotton shirts is a great benefit in dressing more professionally! I want to try the corded jacket first, and then use the pattern and the other ideas to customize a few jackets for me to wear to work. It’s just the BEST to have someone out there who comes up with easier, creative methods to stay in a budget and allow anyone to sew!

  • Donna W
    December 18, 2018

    Jean Jackets are my favorite and I love the 4 variations on the Jambalaya Jacket.

  • Teri
    December 18, 2018

    I like the Carefree Couching.

  • Lorraine Alves
    December 18, 2018

    While I like all the views of the jacket, the one that strikes a cord with me is the Strike a Cord jacket. I think I would vary the pattern and only use the cording on the cuffs and collar to start.

  • Lori Erickson
    December 18, 2018

    Like them all very much but especially the “Strike a Cord” jacket. Such an interesting technique!

  • Nancy H
    December 18, 2018

    I like the idea of being able to feature interesting fabrics in the designs of all the jackets and I especially like the Global Influence and the Carefree Couching styles, as they are longer. I would love to win this Fashion Sewing DVD and the 2 patterns.

  • Kathryn Englebretsen
    December 18, 2018

    I love the organza jacket. It would be perfect for a wedding.

  • Gail K
    December 18, 2018

    The sheer organza jacket is my favorite with strike a cord a very close second. All the jackets are great inspirational pieces!

  • Kaye Mattson
    December 18, 2018

    The diagonal seaming on Views 1 and 2 on this pattern are so figure flattering! Its a wonderful design and I like the idea of coloring blocking the front panels of the jacket.

  • Bonnye
    December 18, 2018

    The organza jacket is really cute. However, all the jackets are nice.

  • Sharon
    December 18, 2018


  • Sue Roy
    December 18, 2018

    I like the Strike a Cord the best. Cording on clothing makes it just a little different!

  • Edna Marks
    December 18, 2018

    I like the sheer organza jacket, followed by the Jambalaya jacket.

  • Janet johnson
    December 18, 2018

    I like the Jambalaya jacket.

  • Carol
    December 18, 2018

    The jackets are really attractive. It depends on my fabric choice which jacket I would sew first. Their are a lot of options with this jacket pattern.

  • Patricia Wester
    December 18, 2018

    I love the many versions of the Jambalaya jeans jacket.

  • Michelle Hall
    December 19, 2018

    I really like the longer length of this jacket

  • Joyce West
    December 19, 2018

    I like the sheer organza jacket.

  • Pamela S Johnson
    December 19, 2018

    I really like the organza jacket the best, but all of them are inspiring. I was organizing fabric scraps the other day, what a great pattern to use some of these.

  • Suzan
    December 19, 2018

    I really love the difference variations these patterns illustrate. I would love to try some of these techniques.

  • Glenda Blair
    December 20, 2018

    I love the organza!

  • Bonnie
    December 20, 2018

    It is amazing how some simple techniques can change the look of this jacket. My favorite is the carefree couching version.

  • Susan
    December 21, 2018

    Love the denim jacket pattern and view 2 of the pattern caught my attention as it kind of has a subtle tuxedo look. Could see it in some bright complimentary fabrics!

  • Lisa
    December 21, 2018

    They are all beautiful. I like the Carefree Couching and Strike a Cord patterns the best. The denim jacket shape is such a classic. It can be dressed-up or down. It’s my go-to jacket for many occasions.

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