So Christmas this year was pretty quiet. We drove to NJ to spend the day with Mario's family and be generally loved and overfed (or are they the same thing?)
Maybe he was a little overdressed, but since the jacket was finished, there was no way, come hell, high water or blizzard conditions, that he was getting out of the house without wearing it.
Of course, thankfully, there was no way he wanted to leave the house without wearing it, either.
His aunt Cathy came to dinner this year since her son and his family were out of town. She spent 30 years working in a clothing factory - assembly line stuff, mostly. She made lining sleeves for 10 years. 10 years. Jeez. She made shirt collars. She made cuffs. One after another.
She said that she never actually made a whole shirt, start to finish, unless she was sewing at home for her husband and son, who never wore purchased shirts while they lived under her roof.
When Mario told her that I made the jacket, she made him take it off right there and spread it out on the table. I was really glad at that point how much care I put into it, because his aunt is one of those older ladies who take pride in pointing out what's wrong with everything these days.
I like her though. I like her a lot. Especially when when she couldn't find anything wrong with it, though she did say it would have looked good with suede elbow patches. Thanks, give him ideas.
Now that the jacket is done, and almost more difficult, the review is done (and edited, and edited again), I'm back to working on something for me. It feels good.
I started cutting out fabric for my next me-project while I was working on his jacket. I'm using the plaid boucle I bought in Florence, and a pattern from the best BWOF ever - August 2006. It's actually almost done at this point, all I have left to do is bag the lining and do the finish work.
Why is it so much more complicated to make menswear? Our stuff has interfacing. It has linings. It has darts and buttons and buttonholes. My jacket even has a separating zipper. And it's a whiz, compared to the Beast.
I also fell off the fabric wagon just a little bit today - Fabric.com has some really great knits right now, in lots of happy prints for dresses in 2010. So I bought 11 yards. So what? I sewed a LOT this year.
Next up, I'll try to do a year in review, with numbers and statistics and pictures and all that fun stuff. Or a review of the Florentine jacket, whichever gets finished first.