The reason this jacket came into being, was the need of some sort of sample of felting that would help in promoting the felting machines at the store. I had already made a polar fleece scarf with pictures cut out of flannel and felted all over. That was too easy. I wanted to show that felting wasn't just for the crafty types. It can be used for "real" clothing, too.
By the way - the pattern is Vogue 8124, which is now OOP. The fabric is a very soft wool flannel that was left over from a client's jacket. As usual, in such cases - I had a difficult time fitting pattern pieces, which is why a cuff detail became a necessity. The idea for this felting experiment came from the work of a Japanese lady (name I do not remember) who linked up with Babylock to promote their felting machine. She does the most amazing work.
|Wrong side of fabric|
I cut flowers (red, obviously) from quilting cotton - strategically placed them on the wrong side of my fabric, then felted them down with the machine, constantly checking the other side, so that I could stop just as soon as I had the desired effect. Oh yes, I did chalk out my pattern pieces on the black fabric first, so that I had some idea of where I needed to place the flowers.
|Right side of fabric|
I quite enjoy playing with the felting machine. I made various other samples - a vest with swirls of wool roving went to live in my niece's closet (it suited her better), a pillow, which still resides at the store. I'm not sure that I really need the machine. For me it would be a fun toy. There are many more items on the "want" list for the sewing room, which are of far greater importance (like a coverstitch machine, an embroidery machine, an iron that doesn't have "issues" - the list could be quite long, I suppose). Unfortunately, there are much more pressing needs (like 2 bathrooms that need a total redo), and I am lucky to have the equipment that I do that allows me to sew!