So that's what I did, and here's the finished jacket. I washed it yesterday and wore it last night, and I love it. The strips are from cotton jersey yardage from DharmaTrading that I dyed a really nice deep orange and that I can't duplicate—so far. I thought I mixed Deep Orange, Golden Yellow, and Jungle Red, but that's not what I got when I tried again. Yeah, I know: I need to write this stuff down.
But for now, I'm working on embellishing #3 and sewing up #4. #3 is various colors of linen—the pieces are different colors of whatever left-overs I had—lined with cotton jersey. #4 is heavy, heavy upholstery linen that a friend dyed a deep burnt orange and sent to me. I'm trying it with all the seams on the outside because trying to topstitch through four layers of this would be impossible. To keep it from fraying totally away to nothing, I first zigzagged all the edges. All of them, on every piece.
It's supposed to be warm here—up to 75 on Saturday—so I plan to sit outside one day and deconstruct chambray clothing to use to make another jacket and an apron. That will be a fun experiment, too, as I'm still tinkering with the top part of the aprons to give the straps more stability (they tend to wrinkle and roll up).
Tomorrow The EGE will go hang out with his family, and I will do my holiday thang in which I start a project in the morning and try to finish it by the end of the day. I think that's what I'm going to do: I have a project picked out (a top I want to line and turn into a shrug), but I may be all excited about these jackets and not want to leave them for a whole day. Who knows?
Hope you're having a good week no matter what you're doing or how (or if) you're celebrating!