Readers, I know what I want for Christmas: this jacket!
I saw it in an independent men's clothing store (we still have those where I live) the other day, and decided I had to have it. Or something like it.
Of course, I am not going to have it by Christmas. And I'm going to have to make it myself. But that's OK -- I have a sewing blog to write!
I have no idea who manufactured the one in the window or how much it costs -- I'd guess many hundreds of dollars, given the store (Camouflage). I already have my pattern on the way (the one I mentioned yesterday, below).
As I've said in the past, men's outerwear is the sewing world's sorriest pattern category, and a classic jacket pattern (i.e, not a fleece anorak or oversized jean jacket) can be very hard to find. Even among vintage patterns, there isn't a lot to choose from. Here are a few others available yesterday on Etsy that also could have suited the bill (or could still suit yours) more or less, if the size had been right. I need a 36" chest, or a men's Small.
What I like about my pattern is that you get a choice of either raglan or regular sleeves, different pocket details and collar versions (in case you want to knock off that Eighties classic, the Members Only jacket).
As you can see, there's nothing particularly complex about the jacket I covet; I'd call it a bomber jacket. If I have some time this weekend, perhaps I'll go to the store and take a closer look. I love the fur collar in particular -- shearling perhaps?
I do enjoy project planning since it doesn't take much work or cost anything. And maybe when the pattern arrives I can muslin it using my cotton velveteen -- which still leaves plenty of fabric over for all the other projects you seem to want me to make with it.
Readers, have you ever sewn a bomber-style jacket for yourself or someone you love? If so, which pattern did you use?
I've never added knit cuffs or waistband to a jacket but I'm curious to know where I'd find those in the Garment District. I have seen some knit waistbands at Daytona Trim, but they're pretty flimsy looking and better suited to track jackets. Any ideas? (I guess you just stitch it on, right?)
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