I've switched fabrics once again. Instead of the plaid I showed you Sunday, the outside of the parka will be this water-repellant, coated cadet blue cotton:
I decided against the plaid because, after looking online at a lot of photos of raglan-sleeve plaid garments, I realized I wasn't crazy about how they look -- too busy. Also, I didn't have enough fabric for all the plaid matching the garment would require. I switched my inside fabric too, to this gray cotton, also somewhat water repellant as you can see below.
If I love how the jacket turns out, I can make it again in heavier fabrics down the line. This version is going to be quite lightweight.
Yesterday I bought most of my notions and cut my outer fabric. The notions are mainly from Daytona Trim and Sil Thread.
Today I started on the lower pockets. These are actually double pockets: flap pockets (with velcro closures) on the outside, and "handwarmer" pockets with a "curved hand entry area" underneath.
I still have to attach the pockets to the jacket fronts and stitch the bottom velcro pieces on. These flap pockets are likely going to remain closed most of the time, so I'm not too concerned about velcro-related mishaps.
I'll likely add the top vertical zipper pockets before I attach these lower pockets, in case I mess up the zipper pockets and need to cut new fronts. Hopefully that won't happen.
A lot of work to do in the days ahead.
Finally, my self-healing mat of many years seems to have received a mortal wound. I think I backed a chair onto it and sat down on the chair. I recommend not doing that.
Readers, in one of those "only could happen to Peter" moments of which I experience so many, I was walking the dogs yesterday when what do I discover discarded at a nearby curb but a pile of clean swimwear knit remnants (above). I took it as a sign that I am aligned with my purpose.
Let's face it: there's not a lot of tailoring in a mens swimsuit. It's basically two or three pieces of fabric stitched together with the top folded-over to create a casing for a drawstring. But it has to fit. And ideally it's finished in a professional way. That's my ideal anyway.
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