It was a creative and structural undertaking of the first order and, even as I was constantly trepedatious and hateful, I LOVED it.
Last time I had an online course to see me through. Alas, it was a suboptimal course (though there was a lot of good information contained within it), but it was organized in very knowable segments. This time I'm working with a pattern having 106 steps (for the hand-tailored version S and I will make) - the fusible version has less than half that number of steps - and there are no clear segments.
Having perused this pattern, which is to say studied it with my eyes glazing over, I can see that there are some new learning opportunities:
- A notched collar - which is apparently "easy"
- Pockets (I omitted them from my last suit, but these pockets seem more in keeping with my style)
- Hand-worked buttonholes - egad?! What is it with clothes and buttons?? Mind you, I've decided, having done them in 3 projects, that I really don't like bound buttonholes. I mean, I don't like making them but, more to the point, I don't like looking at them. They're fussy, IMO.
- Slightly different construction techniques than those I've used before aligned, one supposes, with Ms. Schaeffer's Couture Sewing Techniques "bible".
I don't know that I want to give time lines this go round. The part of me that is so outcome-focused bristles at the thought that I might work without an end date. But the part of me that's been pretty kicked around in the last 6 months, between reno and sickness, doesn't want to be all crammed into a box. So here's what I'm going to say right now: It's a suit for the spring. Spring, in these parts, doesn't start till April (at the earliest). So I'm aiming for an early April completion. That's 11 weeks. If it gets done sooner, well won't I be fab. If it doesn't get done on April 1, by noon EST, then I'm not going to stick my head in an oven.
And, with small amount I know of a) tailoring and b) V8333 - here's how I imagine things might break down:
1. Buy all of my materials, review the pattern, cut the pattern, prep all of my fabrics.
2. Cut the first muslin, assemble, begin the fitting excitement.
3. Spend as long as it takes, with S, to fit the muslin optimally. (Please muslin goddess, be kind.)
4. Cut the fashion fabric, lining and other materials for jacket assembly.
5. V8333 Steps 5 - 14 - Tailoring the front jacket up to pad stitching
6. V8333 Steps 15 - 24 - Tailoring the front jacket, pad stitching and other tailoring elements
7. V8333 Steps 25 - 33 - Side front tailoring and pocket insertion
8. V8333 Steps 34 - 42 - Facing the front
9. V8333 Steps 43 - 49 - Side back, back and hem tailoring
10. V8333 Steps 50 - 62 - Constructing and tailoring the collar
11. V8333 Steps 63 - 67 - Set the collar into the jacket
12. V8333 Steps 68 - 77 Sleeves
13. V8333 Steps 69 - 81 - Sleeve lining
14. V8333 Steps 82 - 84 - Setting in the sleeves
15. V8333 Steps 85 - 88 - Shoulder pads
16. V8333 Steps 89 - 98 Lining and finishing the lining
17. V8333 Steps 99 - 105 Buttonholes and buttons
18. V8333 Step 106 - Final finishing of the jacket
19. Make a skirt or pair of pants to go with the jacket. That comes with its own 18 steps, I'm sure.
Presumably, I'll write about these steps in some kind of excessive detail, potentially with vitriol, as they occur. BTW, thank you all so much for your feedback on the question from my last post. Now I can say with confidence: You asked for it! :-)
OK, gotta go take some pics of fabric to update my last post. If only it weren't pouring with rain and approximately as dark as dusk. I'll have to make do with some serious flash.
Next post will talk a bit about my fabrics, how I chose them (rationale), how I'll deal with buttons, costs of things and I know I've got to follow up on the "Short Girlz Who Sew, Win" topic. Sorry, tall peeps, you'll just have to find your primacy in the rest of the world :-)
Today's questions: Have you made this jacket and, if so, what are your thoughts about this breakdown? If you haven't made it, what are your thoughts about this break down? What part of the jacket-making process seems most fun to you, even as a casual observer? Which part has you running for the hills? Let's talk!