Don't ask me just how it happened, I wish I knew. I can't believe that it's happened, and yet it's true.
Friends, those immortal words of -- Do you know? -- describe exactly how I feel about this Simplicity 8823 muslin-turned-favorite-project-of-2013 (so far). And Michael likes it too. So much so, in fact, that he wants it. Do I give it to him? That, my friends, will be up to you.
Of course, given that we live in the same apartment, there's no reason why we couldn't share it. But that would hardly be worth blogging about, would it?
Before we begin our little face-off, let me show you my finishing touches:
1) Buttons. These six-for-a-buck plastic buttons were purchased at the bookstore near FIT last summer, originally for my linen blazer. They ended up looking too light against the navy blue linen, but they look perfect with this gray cotton twill.
2) Buttonholes. I used my vintage Singer buttonholer's keyhole templates, not that you'd ever know it. It's difficult to get the fabric out of the little hole area so that the keyhole shape really reads. If anyone has any advice about this, please share.
If I were making this again, I'd put the holes just a little closer to the edge than where the pattern has you put them. No biggie but good to know for next time.
3) I added cuffs. These give the sleeves a little more heft and a more finished look. They're not part of the original pattern.
If I'd known this would be more than a muslin, I'd have matched my serger thread, but it doesn't offend me as-is
We decided against epaulets -- too safari jackety for this safari jacket. And no more pocket flaps. And no belt (ruled out from the get-go).
OK, here's more of Michael in the jacket. He wasn't much in the modeling mood I'm afraid, so he's not quite as sparkly as usual.
Why the flash went off suddenly, I don't know, but it does make the fabric shine nicely.
Now here's me. I mean, here I am:
It does fit Michael a little better, I'll grant, but I'll say no more since I don't want to influence your votes. Who knows, maybe you think you'd wear it better than either of us.
In closing, readers, I am very happy to have put the extra energy into this muslin to make it a wearable garment. Whoever wins will get a lot of use out of it, I'm sure.
I'm a native New Yorker and sewing fanatic! I started sewing in 2009 and today make all my own clothes using vintage sewing machines and vintage patterns. I also sew for private clients. Welcome to the warm and whimsical world of Male Pattern Boldness, where the conversation is sewing, style, fashion, fabric, and more!