Making Rose Tyler’s Stolen Earth Jacket- Figuring out the Patterns

It’s been many months since I mentioned that I was working on a scratch-built Rose Tyler’s Stolen Earth jacket. For the most part I’ve been too busy and frustrated to work on the jacket, but this past week I decided it was time to sit down and work on the patterns, cut out the fabric, and possibly finish a majority of the jacket. So far I’ve worked on the patterns, cut out the fabric, and pined the pieces together. XD

Originally I planned on drafting the patterns for the jacket from scratch, but I abandoned that idea for a variety of reasons, mostly to save myself from going crazy with the construction of the jacket. The jacket’s seams are… interesting. Nice to look at, but…. interesting. I never made a jacket or coat with seams like this before so I wanted to base my jacket pattern off an already existing pattern. That way if I made a mistake I could go back to the original pattern and not have to start from scratch.

As a reference, here is a promotional image of the front of the jacket with the seams traced over…

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And here’s a screen capture of the back of the jacket with the seams traced over…

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I know I missed tracing some seams in the pictures, but I wanted to focus on the torso section of the jacket. The sleeves seams (Which you cannot see in the pictures) are normal, sans the ribbed knit at the bottom, but the torso section of the jacket is kind of odd. I had a lot of trouble finding and modifying the back section of the pattern because, well, I messed up on where the seams are. I actually made an extra seam in the back, but I’ll talk about that later.

Although I had trouble with the seams and turned out “wrong”, I’ll still talk about what I did wrong so if anyone uses my posts to make their own jacket, they’ll know what can go wrong and how to change it. 🙂 Continue reading “Making Rose Tyler’s Stolen Earth Jacket- Figuring out the Patterns”

How to Satin Stitch Pinstripes

To make a long story short, I couldn’t find fabric with pinstripes in the colors I wanted. After experimenting, I figured out this way of making pinstripes using satin stitching. It’s easy to do, but it is very time consuming.

(By the way, I also posted this tutorial on my Tumblr.)

Here’s what you’ll need…

  • Fabric* and sewing pattern
  • Chalk or fabric marker
  • Ruler
  • Optional: Yard stick
  • Sewing machine
  • Thread in the desired pinstripe color**
  • Knowledge of how to stain stitch***

* The fabric is whatever type of fabric you choose as long as it can be satin stitched and not fall apart.

**The thread can be normal all purpose thread or machine embroidery thread. It depends on what you want the pinstripes to look like, how thick the fabric is, if your sewing machine is picky about what thread you use, ect. For this tutorial, I used machine embroidery thread. Also, you will need a lot of thread. The spool I used was 1500 yards and I used quite a bit of it while pin striping my fabric. So, keep in mind the bigger the project, the more thread you’ll go through.

***Satin stitching is when you sew stitches side by side. In this case, you’ll be using your sewing machine and will need to use the zig zag setting.

Ok! Let’s get started! Continue reading “How to Satin Stitch Pinstripes”