So, as I have been mentioning, I now have a team dance partner for skating. Which means I am now attempting sewing men’s skating patterns. My first attempt was the ever popular Jalie 2802:
Perhaps the best part of this pattern is that it exists. Which sounds dumb, but, really, it is the ONLY men’s skating shirt pattern on the market produced by any of the major pattern companies. So, well, it has the market pretty well cornered. And it seems to work out pretty well too. Here is a look at my first version:
|Man’s shirt – version #1. He picked the fabric.|
I am going to wait to do a review until after I do a few more shirts – my first shirt ended up HUGE, but I think part of it might have been the fabric, which seemed to grow before my eyes. So I will hold off on a formal review as of yet, but I expect I will be making quite a few more of these in the near future.
Also, I am going to be working on a man’s jacket for competition as well. Dance skating is pretty much like ballroom dance on wheels – so I am going for a tailored tux type jacket, although it will be a bit more embellished, and I wanted to go with a more modern puffy sleeve (which I had to draft myself). Since I am starting with a normal jacket pattern, I did a muslin, and I am going to have to get rid of a lot of wearing ease (because stretch velvet doesn’t need any wearing ease). My starting point was Burda 7194:
Basically, I have used only the top half of the jacket, and I am re-doing the sleeves, changing/removing the collar, and doing a few major fit adjustments. One thing I have noticed – how is it that guys fit into straight sizes??? I mean, I looked at the chest size to pick a pattern size, and as I worked my way through the measurements they all matched up exactly. How creepy is that? Do I even know any female sewers who use a straight size? I doubt it. Also, because I was toying with different patterns, why does Vogue for men have so much ease? These things I ponder…
And now, for a laugh, here is a look at the most ridiculous muslin ever:
|The jacket muslin – with a puffy sleeve!|
The body is a cotton velvet I got in a Fashion Fabrics club mystery bundle. Rolls like nobody’s business and with only 1/2 yard (and a dislike of the pattern – it looks cool in the photo, not so cool in person) I had nothing else to do with it. And the sleeve? Yes, those are parrots. No, I didn’t actually pay for this fabric – it was a gift. I had no idea what to do with it – it is like a polyester terrycloth and doesn’t have a pleasant texture. So, well, I figure this was as good a use as any.
|Hello little parrot – I thank you for your sacrifice.|
So, I still have a lot of pattern adjustments and, you know, actual sewing to do, but at least I am sort of getting things underway. And learning to sew for guys. A bit odd, but, well, interesting!