If you haven’t heard, Sherry is hosting a RTW Tailoring Jacket Sewalong for April. She’s clever, experienced, a great writer and has forever transformed the way I make a convertible collar. I’m pleased to have a chance to learn from someone so skilled.
Remember my Lady Safari Jacket? Other projects cropped up, work got in the way, friends visited from England and two months later I have a jacket which wants a hem, buttonholes, decorative stitching and lower pockets. You see, I mislaid the pockets over the past two months and I don’t have fabric for new ones. The loss of pockets dampens my enthusiasm, though I’m sure they’ll re-appear.
Completion of the main construction shows me I like this cut. I altered heavily, using a favorite jacket as a guide to ease and my body shape. It’s perfectly comfortable. I like it so much, I’m making another one. No need to muslin or fuss, I know I like the pattern already. Whew. I rather suspected I’d make the Lady Safari’s fraternal twin sister when I saw the pair of them.
Oh corduroy. I’m a little mad for textural fabrics, and the many wales of corduroy never fail to make my heart thump harder, but wide wale is my favorite. The lining is a cotton-poly blend, I like stripes as much as I like texture. Not so excited about the poly, but I’m trying to use what I have to hand. When I find a better lining, I can simply replace it.
I’d like to use pewter buttons to match the buckle discovered in my findings drawer, probably plain ball shanks. I want a “whiff of 40’s military” jacket which features some of my favorite fabrics and techniques, not a 100% accurate 1940’s piece. Hence the corduroy and the plain buttons. I don’t need bulky pleated breast pockets, I might change to welted flaps. I love the massive lower pockets.