Yes, finally. I try to take on projects I can finish in a few sittings, I always fear bigger projects won’t get done.
I made my long-suffering husband take a load of photos. Funny, I’ve been trying to sell him on the idea of a corduroy jacket for a few weeks now, with tepid response. We’re more or less the same size (except he’s a man and all…) so I let him slip into this jacket. Immediately, he asked for one made to his specifications. I can totally do that. This jacket is solid without being heavy, and cord is really fun to tailor. I literally wadded this up and stuffed it in a bag for button shopping, and it still looks great without pressing.
Metal and soapstone buttons. I really like them, but I had to find some others for the epaulets and breast pockets which will co-ordinate. I think I found some.
This is my favorite photo. It captures the fun my husband and I have when working together on these photos. We would have never discovered this particular creative outlet without blogging.
If you enlarge and scroll to the hem, you can see how I fixed my issues.
Sucky epaulet button has to go but it works ok for now. It’s fake metal, that’s all I have against it.
This is the first serious jacket I’ve made that I’m actually proud of. Jackets I’m not proud of-2; Jackets I’m proud of-1. As sewists, we have a certain learning curve. Sometimes I fear I wasted serious amounts of money on my learning curve. I was bitching about this in class the other day and my students pointed out to me that the money I’ve wasted spent on past tailoring projects can just be put down to the cost of learning, much like a class fee. I’m ok with that. I figure that the lessons I learn the hard way can be passed on to my students. They can learn things the easy way at my expense so it’s all good.
That’s what I call free range of movement. This jacket correlates to a heavy sweatshirt in terms of comfort, warmth and mobility- yet it’s infinitely more stylish. So comfortable, I’m wearing it right now.
I made this jacket during the Pattern, Scissors, Cloth RTW Jacket Sewalong. Thanks to Sherry, for once I’m not defeated by the process of making a jacket but empowered. So empowered, I plan to make a masculine version of it. Husband wants green cord with brass fittings. I drafted his sloper and I’ll merge that with this pattern. I’ll show you the rest soon. Edit: Find his jacket blogged here.