Tuesday, July 12, 2016

I am a Glutton for Punishment

My Neue Mode Coat 22424 is completed.   I have decided since I have made three jackets and over a dozen muslins, maybe more, since December, I am a glutton for punishment.  Or maybe just biting off more than I can chew.  I hate clichés,  but these fit.

The hours put into this jacket mania have taught me quite a lot about fitting in general.  Plus how much knowledge and experience is needed to make a jacket.
So, I can look at the positives about this experience.   Even though the results have not been too pleasing

I think another jacket project would probably have the result I am looking for.  All my jackets have pluses and minuses. Maybe I can put all the pluses together.

Version 1

Version 2
The version I just finished is actually a coat.  The only padding is the shoulder pads.  Also, it has a full lining instead of being non-lined like the other two.   It is a different pattern from the first two, but since it is part of my jacket era, I am calling it version three.

Before lining




Some tweaking of the lapels, collar,  and a little stiffer interfacing would make it better, but I am finished with this pattern.

Here is Vogue 8719 I made almost two years ago, August 2014.  Now I realize that was a good pattern.  I had no experience with jackets at all, and this turned out good for a first attempt.  I might try this pattern again.

Vogue 8719

I found three great jacket sewing tips I used in one video. Collars, sleeves, and welt pockets.  Watch it Here.

I am thinking of another jacket project.  Butterick 6022 promises to be "very easy" on the envelope.  This time it will be the simplest pattern, so I should have success.

Thanks for stopping.


10 comments:

  1. Greetings from Innsbruck, Austria. I a very much enjoying watching you go through your coats. I am also fumbling through projects, learning as I go and it it reassuring that another guy is learning as he goes.

    Keep up the good work and I'll try to find a way to post results when I have them.

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    1. Nice to know there are other guys going through the same thing.

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    2. I admire the effort you put in here even if you haven't been completely happy with the results. I know that when I get into that tunnel of trying to perfect a pattern or a technique, I wonder if it's ever going to turn out all right in the end!

      I think once you find a pattern that works for you everything else will fall into place. Looking forward to seeing how Butterick 6022 turns out for you!

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  2. at first I thought "danger, danger...80's pattern!" But on second thought the oversized shoulders may actually work on you because you have to add so much length to the body. In the end it may balance out.

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    1. I did the muslin, believe it or not, the length and the shoulders are perfect. I am hopeful for a good outcome.

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    2. Score! Can't wait to see the final result.

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  3. I hear a sewing machine going, and a piece of pocket material our puppy grabbed and came out with to play with, thinking its a new toy. I see the newest pattern coming together and tried on before its finished. Guess I am the luckiest man to see all this before being published.

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    1. Most patient man! Sometimes I lock myself in the sewing room for hours.

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  4. The Peggy Sagers jacket techniques video is very useful. I'm bookmarking it for when I eventually work on jackets. Her method of turning collar points is almost the same as the one David Coffin uses; the only difference is that he uses tweezers or hemostats as clamps to hold the folded seam allowances while turning.

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  5. One of my long-term sewing goals is to make a tailored jacket (sport coat or for a suit). These kinds of blog posts are preparing me for my first attempt at a fitted sport coat so thanks for all of the updates re. your progress. I also watched the Peggy Sagers vid and I then made a double-welt pocket (w/out bag) using her technique and it was so easy! Great suggestions.

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