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There was one more vintage jacket pattern I was interested in muslining, Simplicity 8808, a teen tracksuit pattern from 1975. I have always liked this pattern, which has been sitting in my stash for three years, unopened. It comes in three boy's sizes -- 14, 16, and 18. I made the 18, which is roughly equivalent to a 34" chest, though with ease and all, it fits my 36" chest just fine.
I like it more than yesterday's Stretch and Sew pattern -- it's trimmer, has smaller facings (don't want to waste fabric) and just looks cuter somehow, perhaps partially due to the fabric I used, an old Ralph Lauren cotton sheet remnant with a "preppy teddy bear" print. I added a storm flap (Thanks for the term, Jen!) -- that extra flap that covers the zipper on the left front -- and a zipper facing on the right front, just like a men's fly would have, to reinforce (and cover the exposed edge of) the front zipper. I ditched the hood idea -- too raincoaty.
Pretend the boxers are a swimsuit -- perfect for poolside, no?
In a bold print, the raglan sleeve seams don't really come across, alas.
So am I ready to get rolling with my fashion fabric? Well, almost. There's still one more idea I'm toying with: the zippered Zegna jacket with the two breast pockets below right.
It's remarkably similar to Simplicity 8823, which I just happen to have in my stash. Just change the collar and add a zipper.
A number of you have asked what I do with my many muslins. Readers, I keep them -- or most of them, anyway, stuffed into a storage box; I do refer to them from time to time.
What do you do with your old muslins? Since I make mine up almost entirely out of second hand thrift store and flea market sheets, I'm already giving a second life to old fabric, so don't lose any sleep over them. I suppose I could stuff pillows with them if I ever stuffed pillows, which I don't. Any better ideas?
Have a great day, everybody!