February 18, 2013


the original jacket, my mother's

I've been working on a rub-off of my mom's old 70s boyfriend jacket. Its a jacket that I wore to death in my high school and early college years and its one of those styles that for me, is a classic. It fills a huge gap in my wardrobe as I have next to no jackets. In fact, I have but one jacket that is really wearable - another future rub-off. Anyway, I've always had this thing for this jacket (in fact this is not the first time I've posted about it). I've kept it after all of these years because for one thing it was my mom's and its something that my dad gave to her when they were dating way back when and for another its authentic. It's construction elements are definitely nothing to write home about and the cut and style are actually rather simple. As someone who is often prone to make fashion choices based on frilly and froofy details, this is significant.

I haven't had a lot of time on my hands these days but this project got pushed to the top of the pile because of an impending deadline (more on that in a later post). For awhile there, I was dreading the idea of making this jacket, because well, its a jacket and jackets are full of pattern pieces and choices in interfacing and where to put interfacing and what to interface and shoulder pads and bound buttonholes and pockets and ..... I think you get the idea. Its a big time commitment to commit to a jacket. I mean, I love tailoring and fashioning the tailoring needs of a jacket to the needs of my life, but its that time thing. So this time, I said no to welt pockets (I had visions of putting them on the inside) and bound buttonholes and I said a resounding yes to fusible interfacing. Seems like such a small thing, but it was a big deal to me. Sometimes good enough really is, good enough. And to add to that, sometimes it determines whether or not a project actually gets made or just sits in a pile gathering dust as I run around longing for time to delve into making it. Do you ever feel like this? Maybe breaking the cycle of sewing procrastination is about chopping out a few details in that big project and actually feeling fine and good about it. (Note: I haven't actually finished the jacket here, its still a work in progress - just showing you some mid process pics. The lapel is black because the interfacing is black. The finished jacket will be a simple navy blue.)

Speaking of the actual rub-off, this is only the second item I've rubbed off. It's a rather large project to be doing at such a stage, but I felt that since the jacket was fairly simple and since I've sewn for a long time and I felt like I knew what I was doing, it would be fine. Surprisingly, it has been just fine - a few mishaps along the way but nothing that isn't fixable. The original jacket is too small for me in the..... you guessed it - upper back and shoulder/arm area. So, using the original jacket as a muslin I fixed the problem in my rubbed off version. It's still due for a little tweaking in the sleeve, but otherwise, I'm thrilled with the fit! I opted to draft my own lining pattern as the original lining doesn't address the back vent as I would like to.

Also, today I'm announcing the winner to the Japanese Pattern Book Giveaway! LM - they are yours! Here was the winning comment. I've emailed the winner, but now its all official, right?

LM - I would LOVE to win them! besides the fact that I never win anything I have always wanted to try out one of those fancy patterns…they seem airy and floaty. Anyway, I’d love them and i appreciate your generosity!

Thanks to everyone for entering! Y'all are the best!
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