September 28, 2009
Leaf through treasured (read: never used; often admired) copy of OTTOBRE design magazine. Take leave of senses. Decide to make lined jacket for nephew's birthday. By Sunday. Have never used an OTTOBRE pattern or made lined jacket before. Reality check idea using Twitter. A wise woman replied; something about staying up til all hours. Fail to heed warning.
Children cooked, meal cleaned and house put to bed. Try to make head and tail of pattern (see below). Decide early on (wisely) to ditch the pleat and welt pockets and leave jacket plain. Trace pattern pieces. Curse fact that pattern does not include seam allowances. Add allowances to pieces.
Finish cutting last pattern piece. Wonder what I will use to make jacket? Go to bed.
Set out to shop for fabric and notions. Find chocolate cotton drill for jacket shell at discount fabric store. Become unreasonably fixated on finding chocolate gingham lining fabric like one in magazine illustration.
Talked around by very sensible lady at fancy fabric shop. Purchase smart striped cotton shirting as lining. Rush home to launder, dry and press fabric.
Begin to cut and sew. Intersperse frenetic work with viewing of AFL grand final, family responsibilities and emergency trip to buy additional top stitch thread.
Household in chaos. Bits of sewing strewn from one end of house to other. What's for dinner? And who took other half of my zipper?
Altercation with Mr HB after someone's red wine mysteriously spatters on part of lining fabric.
Lining stitched together. Most of outer shell completed. Start on cuffs. Have never made cuffs before. Did I mention OTTOBRE design does not include diagrams? Just words. Keep re-reading same paragraph over and over. Tell myself: sleep is for the weak.
Cuffs completed. Fall into bed.
Woken by children. Pay dearly for going to bed late. Notice I have effectively trashed house in less than 24 hours. Children run up and down. Cat miaows. Household looks chaotic.
Attach cuffs to sleeves. Feel excited - looking like a proper jacket now. Ooops. Notice wobbly top stitching. Can't have that. Unpick. Sew again. Notice zipper won't do up. Ooops - that's a show stopper. Unpick, unpick, unpick. Finally start attaching lining and shell.
Stress levels rising. Start to attach shell and lining. Have trouble understanding instructions. Read. Re-read. Say naughty words out of earshot of children. How do the @#%&$ sleeves join? No prior experience to draw on. Stitch in panic. Attempt to turn garment right side out. Have sewn each sleeve and lining as weird kind of tube. Garment WILL. NOT. TURN. OUT.
Sob hysterically. Make sort of melodramatic statements one expects after 3.5 hours sleep. Need to leave for birthday party by 1.00pm. Still sitting in pyjamas. Its the end of the woooorlddddd. Employ assistance of Mr HB who sees I have been constructing in reverse. I have been skipping over salient point in instructions. Unpick, unpick. Re-sew and top stitch.
Done! And it looks like a jacket. Now wasn't that easy? I wonder if I could ask Mr HB for an OTTOBRE design magazine subscription for Christmas?
Thankfully Mr HB never visits the blog - there would soooo be a divorce.
The pattern I used was for the Keyboard Canvas Jacket (pattern #31) from OTTOBRE design 4/2008. The jacket has a stand-up collar, zip front, elasticised waist band & cuffs and is fully lined. Due to my lack of expertise, I omitted the front welt and pleat pockets. The recommended fabric for the shell is canvas, but I used drill to make a lighter-weight jacket suitable for spring and summer.