Thursday, April 14, 2011

I won't think about that now. I'll think about it tomorrow.

I wanted to wait to blog until Steve came home today so I could get some decent photos of my jacket to show all of you!!! It came out super well and I think it is pretty darn amazing and sexy for my first pattern making experiment in a jacket! The cut is perfect for me, and I'm glad I went with rounded edges on the front-- more flattering on me than just normal straight edges> I can see why so many people love doing outerwear for these reasons: 

1. It takes a lot of tailoring for outerwear, but it's not tailoring a dress. Looser clothing like jackets and coats are always easier to tailor to someone's body than a dress or shirt.

2. There are a lot of fun techniques that go into outerwear, like shaping the collar, advanced seaming, and a lot of fine hand stitching in the lining, to name a few.

3. Outerwear is very rewarding and creative. I feel like there are so many more design options to outerwear than just sleeves, hem length, etc. Closures, trims, ruffle or no ruffle...the possibilities are endless.

I added some lace trim to the seam line of the collar. I think it adds some good SHAZAM. I originally was planning on a nice ruffle (of course) but Steve said it looked "tacked on" and not really a part of the jacket.

These hook and eye closure were a beast to do, and took me about 5 hours so sew them all in. I was planning on just sewing them on the facing, but it looked messy. So I opened up the lining, made openings in the seam to put the hooks and eyes into, and then hand stitched the openings shut around them.  The top two closures are farther apart than the bottom two closures (my bad), but I knew I would never really use the last closure, so it wasn't a big deal. Nor did I want to keep sewing these suckers in after 5 hours.
I'll be making another jacket very soon. I've caught the jacket bug.


  1. I came across your blog a couple months ago and I find it pretty inspiring. I'm a beginner to sewing but I love seeing what you are working on. This jacket is so cute. It fits you to a T.

    Keep up the good work. We all know how frustrating it can be!