I knew when I started this, that the Tailored Suit project was going to test my limits. Ironically, people keep telling me that I'm incredibly patient because I've managed to slog over the same garment for more than a month. I cannot seem to convince anyone, under these circumstances, that I am the least patient person on the planet. I want instant gratification. I'm the girl who couldn't make a cake for years because I simply wouldn't wait for it to cool before I'd try (unsuccessfully) to get it out of the pan. I will ruminate in lieu of a completed object because it must continue apace - whether my hands can do it or my brain has to pick up the slack. I do not well-manage delay.
Let's face it, I also don't like really big challenges. Well, I don't think of myself as the kind of person who likes really big challenges and then I seem to constantly end up taking them on, so maybe that's not true. I reserve the right to revisit that statement. But one thing's for certain: I'm not patient.
Imagine my existential dissatisfaction as the (mostly finished) suit jacket continues to call to me like a luscious siren from the sewing room. I'm getting close to the finish line, the time that's most challenging. The end is in sight but I've got to stay patient. Ugh!
Let me say that I received some excellent comment advice on how to mitigate the challenges I spoke about here. I do believe that my fabric was the cause of my collar and back facing challenges and that, in a perfect world (and although the pattern does make the upper collar slightly larger than the under collar to facilitate turn of cloth) my upper collar could have been larger still. This fabric has some very good features: it's lovely, soft, rich, it hides hand stitching like a dream. But its springiness combined with density make it difficult in other ways. Happily, it does take manipulation reasonably well.
The combo of temporarily stitching the back facing down onto the back stay (and then steaming the hell out of it), then re-molding the lapel on the buttonhole side (at length) and re-fashioning the stand and then turn of cloth of the collar has made a substantial difference to the look of the jacket.
Would I make this design with this type of fabric again? No. But is it a deal breaker? No. I think the issues will only be notable to me.
I may actually unpick the pick stitches on the collar, per Anon's useful info, to allow the collar some additional freedom. Problem is, I have to find them?!
I just finished the hem and it looks quite good - though I imagine, if one were to have miscalculated on the lengths or positioning of any of the pieces, there would be little room for error.
I'm onto the shoulder pad insertion and lining now. Hopefully I'll get to that before the weekend. Then there's the skirt. (I'll be making V8640 - a pattern I've made many times and which, strangely, Gertie made as one of the skirts to go with one of her many jackets. I decided on this pencil skirt the minute I saw the jacket because it's a great pattern and I love a pencil skirt suit.) I do have quite a bit to say about that in an upcoming post.
Thoughts or feelings?