from such humble beginnings as this photo:
we come to the end of this year’s french jacket journey.
there’s not much left to say at this point, except a few finishing details.
the trim is secured across the hem, collar, lapels, sleeves and CFs with two rows of hand-stitching, mostly through the ribbon but with the occasional stitch taken through the pearls. (we are talking 12 hours of handstitching here. an entire round-trip train journey to boston and then some.)
those damn pearls. KEPT. BREAKING. OFF.
the lapels, collar and CFs are fringed by hand. it was both a design feature and a necessity, since i did not have enough fabric to allow for a proper seam allowance that would in turn allow me to fringe it more securely. the roll line is taped with organza, and the lapels are a single layer.
were i to do it again, i would (against susan’s orders) cut a layer of lining to match the shape and size of the lapels and undercollar, and quilt those like i did on the inside. this would give me both the extra seamline (to secure the fringe from unraveling) and a little bit of extra weight. but neither susan nor i knew that then, when she gave me her look of dubious approval that was mixed affection and questioning my sanity.
the trim and camelia pin are both from M&J trimming in manhattan. so are the buttons. there are no sleeve vents on my half-sleeves, i just thought buttons would be pretty.
what do you think of the length? i’m slightly on the fence. it’s actually the perfect length for a miniskirt or a pair of shorts – but i am concern that the volume added by the godets is too much volume for that type of look. discuss.
a final interior shot provided by jennifer of workroom social.