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Hey Girl. Remember Me?

Yes…. this. This jacket is cursed. It is the Christine of jackets. I started this tuxedo jacket in Feburary 2011. Things were going swimmingly until I put the pockets in the wrong place. Then, I didn’t have any lining and had to wait until a run to the store. Once I got the lining that would help the jacket match the tuxedo pants I’d already completed, I was over it.

Ten months later I picked the jacket back up only to realize one of the sleeves was missing.

This jacket just does not want to get sewn. But, that’s not enough for me to call it cursed. Stick with me here.
So, in the last week I’ve cut and sewn the lining. And, I cut and sewed a new sleeve. Well, cut a new sleeve after I spent over an hour looking for the hopsack material to cut the sleeve. Except, once sewn, I realized I’d put the sleeves in backward (wrong arm holes). Cursed.

I may possibly be over the jacket again ‘cuz the tuxedo trend definitely seems to be leaving town!

Oh. And remember how I sharpeid the grey cloth buttons I had because the shipping on black tuxedo buttons cost more than the buttons? Yeah. Couldn’t find the originals. I suspect they jumped ship with the original sleeve.

And this is how it looks tonight. One sleeve in. The other on the cutting table. I’ve done enough battle with this jacket for a few days. I don’t even know why I was so anxious to try and finish! Yes. Time for another break from the tuxedo I’d say.

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To Finish, or Not to Finish… And Mobbie Update

First, a little Mobbie update. A reader kindly emailed me to let me know that i was in fact nominated in two categories, Lifestyle and DIY. I didn’t event realize! You are able to vote in both categories (every day until the tenth *cough*). But, I am campaigning on DIY 😀 Just click on the badge below and vote, every day. I am shameless.

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Right now, my closest competition is a multiple-authored blog. So, I’m really hustling for every vote I can get. If that means I have to write a new post every day and actually start sewing so I can remind you to vote, it’ a cross I will happily bear 🙂

What makes you finish a UFO? Finishing the red trench was one of my three major UFOs. I’m off next Friday and thinking of having a UFO long weekend. What are the rest of my UFOs?

This tuxedo jacket to go with my tuxedo pants. I have worn the business out of these pants I love them so! But, the jacket? Meh. The pocket placement got jacked (my fault). It took me months to buy lining. And now, I can’t find one of the already completed (but not sewn in) sleeves. Should I finish it? I dunno. I don’t know that I’ll love it with the pockets being off placement. I didn’t muslin either so I’m still not sure about the final fit.

This Hot Patterns Pyramid bag! I really want to finish this. Especially since when I got the bill from the print shop it was $250 for reducing the pattern! Don’t worry, it was resolved and reduced to $14 or so. But, still. It’s leather. It’s pretty much now all ready to go. I’m probably missing pieces from it too!

The third and fourth UFO? Nothing too serious. An in-progress-bra and a workout top that I kind of need. I just spent an obscene amount of money at City Sports buying running gear. Not that I’ll ever be a runner. But, I had to cut back on my ballet classes because I enjoy having heat in the winter and food on the table. I’ve been running all of two times but would like to stick with it until I can actually run one mile without wheezing and collapsing.

So, how many UFOs do you have floating? Which ones are you going to actually finish and which ones are you going to bail on?

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Incremental Progress

So, my tuxedo was *not* finished by Saturday night’s fundraiser. I wore a RTW dress that’s been hiding in my closet for the last two years. I spent 30 mins working on my tux last night. The pattern is from the February 2011 Burda, #126.

Because of the way the pockets / darts are sewn on the jacket, I wasn’t able to just leave the welts. I needed the flaps to cover the herringbone stitch I used to attach the bottom and top of the darts.

For the collar, I first adjusted for turn of cloth, just needing to eliminate 1/4 inch or so from the undercollar.

Here is the collar, notched and all.

I hate to admit that I haven’t even cut out the lining yet! I plan to tackle the two piece sleeve this weekend. Hopefully, this will be done before my girl’s weekend, mini-break in Santa Fe, New Mexico at the end of the month.

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Don’t Sew Distracted

I had a GREAT weekend! Lindsay T of Shop the Garment District and Lindsay T Sews (Again), was in town with her daughter Annie. We had dinner on Friday night and I actually ran into her by happenstance on Saturday. It really is Smalltimore (warning, link has expletives). Best of all, she kindly brought me buckles from said Garment District, so I can actually start working on my trench coat this spring!

I put a few hours into my tuxedo jacket jacket on Sunday. These will match the tuxedo pants that still need hemming.  The blazer pattern is from the February 2011 Burda, #126.  I chose it for the narrow lapels, deep neckline, and two piece sleeve. I was quite happy with progress until I realized that I had done the pockets differently than drafted.

The pockets should start about one inch in front of the dart / five inches from center front and end on the side front panel.

I don’t know what happened. Or what I was thinking. But, I placed the pockets about three inches forward — avoiding the side front panel entirely. The pockets are teetering within two inches of center front. I mean, I *knew* I needed to sew the pockets over side front. I test fit the garment and took the waist in there before starting the pockets.


Obviously, it’s not the end of the world. But, I’m just not sure what it’s going to look like with the pockets so far forward. I tried it on last night, and if I keep the flaps short, it’s not that bad. I’m worried if I leave the flaps off it’s look to bankerish.

But, lesson learned. Don’t talk on the phone while doing the fiddly bits of sewing.

I would like to have this ready by this Saturday night. But, alas, that may be a pipe dream. I have a black tie event to go to for work and would *love* to rock a Le Smoking. Did you see Anne Hathaway in her Lanvin tuxedo last night at the Oscars? The funny thing is, I have  a Simplicity pattern for the Marilyn Monroe dress too.