Friends, do you remember this lovely vintage Samsonite vanity case? Well this morning I walked into the living room and --
Kind and gentle readers, judge not lest ye be judged. I just couldn't say no to $20 with free shipping. Anyway, things go better in pairs -- candlesticks, end tables...candlesticks!
To say we have fewer sewing machines at our house but more vintage luggage is to state the obvious. Rest assured, however, I have put the kabash on eBay purchases for the rest of the month, by which time the Yuletide urge to "Buy it Now" will have passed I hope.
Meanwhile, back in toggle-coat land...
I did what many of you told me to do: I took an inch out of the front right and left width, and an inch out of both sides of the center back fold; four inches total. I think it worked.
Now I'm just wondering: what's the best way to redraw the shoulder seams (which I'll have to reproduce for the front and back yokes)?
If you can picture folding an inch out of a pattern piece with a diagonal edge, the diagonal line is broken and must be redrawn. I know I could consult one of my many books on fitting, but I thought I'd ask you first.
You were also correct that shortening the coat immediately made it look less tent-like. And I fitted it with a heavy sweater underneath, most likely the bulkiest thing I'll be wearing under it.
So here's where we stand today.
1. Original muslin:
2. Muslin with 4" ease removed:
3. Latest version: new sporty length!
Guys, I think I'll be ready to start as soon as I figure out how to re-trace the shoulder seams precisely. I hope you like it; I do.
I toyed with the idea of using a different pattern altogether -- especially when I noticed the side seams weren't coming out beneath my arms but behind them (panic), but then last night I spied a guy wearing a toggle coat just like this one and I realized that's how the coat is designed -- the side seams are meant to be just behind the arm to accommodate the big front patch pockets. The coat was very cute -- at least on him -- all boxy and rectangular, and I'm just going to go for it. The stakes are not that high, good wool or no good wool, right?
Finally friends, I was a little disappointed that among yesterday's many comments, not one person mentioned Darlene Gillespie -- the realDarlene Gillespie. Not a single Ah, yes, Darlene Gillespie or I remember pretty Darlene Gillespie or How lovely to be reminded of Darlene Gillespie! I just hope Darlene Gillespie isn't a Male Pattern Boldness reader and if she is, I remember you, Darlene! You'll always be tops in my book even if you were convicted of mail fraud. To err is human.
Have a happy day, everybody, and go easy on the eBay shopping!
I'm a native New Yorker and self-taught sewing fanatic! I've been sewing obsessively since 2009 and today make all my own clothes using mostly vintage patterns and vintage sewing machines. Welcome to the warm and whimsical world of Male Pattern Boldness, where the conversation is sewing, style, fashion, fabric, and more!