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Aug 16, 2016

Peter Models the Wool Camo Jacket!


Friends, I know what you're thinking:

Peter is sewing camouflage?  This from the person who eschewed G.I. Joe dolls for Barbies?

Well it's true.  And you can see the results right this very minute by clicking HERE.


I'm kind of a go-where-my-energy-leads-me type person; I don't plan my projects far in advance.  Last week I wanted to make some sort of outerwear for fall/winter and I remembered that I had a yard of some fuzzy wool camo knit in my stash which, if I combined it with some other fabric, would make a striking jacket.

I also had about a dozen different men's jacket patterns I'd accumulated in recent years, including vintage Simplicity 1820 -- not the year the pattern was published but close -- which had just the traditional vibe I was looking for.   (BTW, judging from the typeface, illustration, and price -- 15 cents -- I date this pattern roughly 1935-37.  Sound accurate?)


Anyway, I love how my camo jacket turned out and I hope you like it too.  It has a retro vibe but not too retro and a military vibe but not too uniformy.

Now it's time to make some matching dog outfits.  Chihuahuas-in-camo rule!

Have a great day, everybody!


19 comments:

  1. Great looking jacket, Peter! Well done, as I knew it would be ;-)

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  2. That. Is. Amazing.

    It looks great. I want the women's version!

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  3. Love the jacket. Looks wonderful. Hope it wasn't too hot when you were shooting pix.

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  4. My goodness, your jacket is wonderful. Your welt pockets made me drool, and the lining is perfect. I also saw the houndstooth as a commenter noted on the other site. Using the knit ribbing for the collar kicked the jacket up a notch. Your skills are impressive!

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  5. Hi Peter, I am pretty new to sewing and recently discovered your blog. I have to say that the clothes you make are amazing - your skills are incredible! I love this jacket, especially the details you added such as the inner pockets and ribbed collar. You look great in it! Thanks for sharing your creations!

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  6. Really gorgeous jacket and beautifully styled. I am in awe of your welt pocket skills. Xx

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  7. Love, love, love your jacket and such good pictures. The second from the last is very JCrew. As always excellent work.

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  8. The jacket looks great, and as always, you make creative use of available materials. Just two questions: why did you hand set the lining? And don't you think edge stitching around the lining welts would have flattened those puffy edges for a more finished look?

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  9. Lord - that top photo is priceless!

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  10. This looks amazing! So well-made and I love all the details.

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  11. Gorgeous jacket. I love it! Now...how hot was it outside when you were modeling this jacket...I wonder.

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    1. I'm guessin' he made an undergarment out of dress shields.

      Saw you were at MPB Day, and your fabric score - doubly envious!!!

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    2. Yes, he must have - ha! I love the colors of the fabric and the images look like photographs of a city...it's a rayon knit I got at Mood Fabrics.

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  12. Another winner and source of inspiration to us all! Great job!!

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    1. Suddenly end rolls are viable; ode to Peter.

      But enough about him, how have you been?

      Up to much of anything? Sewing? Designing? Changing your focus to outerwear?

      Planning an autumn trip to Block Island, in your cashmere hoodie?

      Surely something of note is underway, or inked into your calendar.

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  13. Oh, Test......I just never give it a thought, all it seems to be lately is work, work work! But thanks for prompting me to put in today for a much needed vacation next month. I'm definitely going to look into that Block Island idea!

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  14. Camo on you and yours? I get it. Where I am now many people like hunting and wear camo while doing so. I emphatically do NOT like killing animals but have sewn clothing obviously inappropriate for that activity. My attempt at irony.

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  15. Green with envy here. Any chance you'd ever do a tutorial on working with ribbing???

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  16. Not only do you wear it well, you make it amazing. I wish that one day I could have skills like yours. For now, I'm just all over the place knowing a little about a lot. :) Keep up the great work!

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