Have you been properly introduced? This is my husband, Stephen and he’s a field ecologist. (The fact we have the same names put me off dating him for a while at first, but his charm won me over in the end…) I finished this jacket for my husband several months ago and never blogged it. He saw my De-militarized Jacket and wanted one for himself. I was happy with how mine turned out, my most pleasant jacket-sewing experience to date so I agreed.
I had to re-draft most of the pattern to fit his body but I did use the same design features: pocket pieces, epaulettes, peplum, back yoke and “action pleats.” It was fun to adapt the garment for him.
Not as fond of whimsical linings as I, he vetoed the camo satin lining I originally wanted to use, but I managed to sneak it in anyway for the lining piping and pocket linings. I used K. King’s invisible pocket lining. It’s such a cool feature to put into a garment, I plan to use it whenever possible in the future.
However, after all was stitched and pressed and photographed, I noticed one of the breast pockets sits higher than the other. I obsessed about balancing them, pinning the second pocket while he was wearing the jacket. He’s a stickler for balancing pockets and often helps me balance them on other projects. This time, after we decided they were finally balanced, he took off the jacket and I “double checked” by folding it in half and seeing if the pockets matched up. They didn’t. So I re-pinned (again!) and stitched without checking. Then I put in the lining and finished it.
I kept telling myself this winter I’d fix them, but the difference is not noticeable in person. It’s a mystery. At any rate, the jacket kept him warm and stylin’ all winter. If I make this again, I must remember to make the bellows pockets less angled near the side seams.
We went out several times in our “matching” blue and green jackets. Since we style ourselves so differently, I think we avoided matchy-matchy couple dressing. He often wears jeans and graphic t-shirts. I’m more a blouse, skirt and kitten heels girl, even in casual situations.
This is the other view from the ever-so-adaptable Advance 2960 which spawned the two jackets above. It’s nearly finished, I’ll be sure to post it soon!
I’m sorry for not updating more frequently lately. Work is quite heavy at the moment, and he’s working to FINALLY finish his dissertation. I’m so proud of him! The downside is we’re both so busy it’s hard to find time for– well, anything.
That should change soon. He’s handing in his paper and I handed in my 2 weeks notice at work. I’m really excited about what the next few months will hold, and I can’t wait to share my plans with you all. Soon! Very soon!
In the meantime, I’m still around and reading everything even if all I have time for is blog-skulking over my morning coffee.