brides wedding dress. I believe I know what I'm doing, but am I a perfectionist to a fault? I saw several other options for designing his jacket and pants, and they all included unlined, patch pocketed, floppy lapeled renditions of a mans sport coat. None of which I wanted to make. Here ye, here ye, though I did often try to figure a way off the path I had already started, a direction of which there was no return. The jacket was cut to be a fully lined, multi-pocketed, pad stitched, lapeled, sport coat with working sleeve vents and tail. I was in it to win it now. Yet, I also had an "heirloom gown" that had to be completed. More on that later. Just know, however, that both were for my son and his bride-to-be. Both equally as important.
I'd scratch my head too if I was avoiding saying what I wanted to say about you taking for EEEVAA!! to finish my suit coat. Come on MOM let's get this over with can we please????
|The scraps after cutting the suit, and I still need to work a waistband out of this, plus welt pockets. EEEK!!!|
here, regarding the construction of this suit I left you with a "few, yes a few task remaining undone. Today you shall get the rest in all its glory and this than shall bring this saga to a close. I owe you at least that much.
This was the To Do List I left you with: Narrated of course with as many related pictures that I could find from the number of SD camera cards I have been using. They will get my point across.
- Shaping and pad stitching of the lapel, roll line and front, (est. 3-4 hours if I'm lucky) This took more like 15-20 hours, give more for stopping and starting to work on other things and to give my hands a much needed break from the chore.
- The hair canvas was basted in and roll lines were drawn on to match.
The pad stitching was done over a "sausage" I created by wrapping a rolled towel inside of a cut of cotton broadcloth.
- I drew in my pad stitching lines to remind me when to tighten the stitching for the "roll". The breast pocket looks a little off because I still needed to stitch it down...I loosened it because I had to flatten it out after I had it hanging over the "bust" on my dress form, which gave it "breast"...lol. after that, I padded out the form to avoid womanly bulges.
- Sew in the lining and hem- by hand! (est. time: 1-2 hours because my hand hurts when I do hand stitching, so I have to take lots of breaks.) HA!!! Did I say 1-2 hours..who was I kidding!!! This was a big stretch to say the least. I decided to include the red piping because it just looks nice in RTW and so I wanted that look here.
- install inside breast pocket (est. 1-2hours, if I'm not distracted.)
- Collars and buttonholes (est time: "I DON'T KNOW!") By now the planning and prepping to make the wedding dress is in full affect and the jacket has been put on serious hold. It is now December, time to prep for holiday affairs and finalize wedding dress fabric orders, sew muslins and have fittings, while the bride is in town for the holidays.
- Underneath the lapel, the pad stitched pricks.
- Set-in sleeves of body and lining (est. 1-2 hours) It is now February I have moved to my new sewing space that now gives me room to breath and work on the wedding gown. I have got to hurry, because I have some traveling planned and they have their engagement photo shoot date already set.
- I am sewing in the collars and making sure it is all flat and non-bulky. A hard task since I have been handling this for so long. Some things have shifted or I just forgot what the heck I was doing. Who knows? (bug eyes rolling in my head!)
- Shoulder pads (1 hour maybe) Well, this is probably the only thing that took the estimated amount of time. Go figure. I had to make these. Forgot to take pics...just take my word for it, they are in there.
- Sew in the lining and hem- by hand! (est. time: 1-2 hours because my hand hurts when I do hand stitching, so I have to take lots of breaks.) Lots of breaks were indeed taken...say about 1 week at a time. hehe!.
- I guess he will get the pants in January, or in time for Easter. LOL. Insert:::::Loud Laughter!!!! followed by rolling on the floor with tears in my eyes. It is now November, and they have yet to get done. HeHe. I hope he never mentions them!!!
Did I say this young man is really patient with me!! I LOVE this Baby Boy of mine.
Who's sleepy in the picture. Definitely not me. He was in a real rush to get out of town to meet his finance' so they can take the engagement pictures.
Until next time....keep on sewing.