Besides taking Advanced Knits this semester, I took a Tailoring class. We learned the bespoke (traditional), contemporary and industry methods of tailoring. I only learned the bespoke and contemporary methods. Making a mini jacket that had one side bespoke and the other side contemporary took forever. So while the class was working on the full size industry jacket, I was finishing my mini jacket. I think only 3 people finished their mini jacket and no one finished their full size. The full size pattern being used for the class was Burda 8300. Which I think is just… UGH!! So I had plan to make the Men’s jacket with Burda 8186 and have my close guy friend be my model. Didn’t work out that way, but I still will be making him a tailored jacket. He is very excited about it.
I am very glad to say that my mini jacket is finished.
Sorry for the little picture. My teacher took it for grading purposes to prove that I completed the class. Which means I am finished the Clothing Construction Certificate Program. Let’s all do the happy dance.
Anyway, back to the little jacket….
This jacket was such a *itch to make. I do not suggest making a half-size tailored jacket. It’s very evil. Imagine a world where you have to sew tiny little bound buttonholes and hand worked buttonholes.
I definitely need to practice on my buttonholes. So tiny, it is maddening.
As well as my pockets. I really dislike my patch pocket, but I am not a huge fan of patch pockets to begin with. I do need to practice working on those. Making the other pockets were fun once I understood what the heck I was doing.
Inserting the lining was an interesting process, which was pretty much bagging the lining. I kind of wish I did the feather-stitch for the back pleat. Maybe next time. It is a really nice detail.
It was very tricky doing the back vent. I learned how to do a mitered corner. Which I want to make a bunch of them now. I really like the way they look.
I am pleased with my finished product and kind of excited to tackle a full size version, especially my winter coat. Which will be the Abbey Coat by Jamie Christina. I am kind of nervous about making a tailored jacket for my good friend, but if I take my time and don’t try to do shortcuts, it should come out nice. Maybe make samples of techniques that I need practice on. Oh and big seam allowances because worsted wool unravels like crazy.
So, what do I got going on next you say? Well, my school is starting a 3 week Pattern-making class that I plan to take. I need to finish up my second Renfrew top, my cape and skirt for the Colette Pattern challenge. I am pretty sure I will not be finishing that challenge on time. I am also on the fence about making the dress for that challenge. There are some other dresses I have in mine for spring/summer. Like a Maxi dress…
Well, I hope everyone has a nice weekend.