Mr. Biblioblog and I went camping last week on the Oregon coast and wow, did we have nice weather. The temps were around 70-75F. It was amazing. If you look back through this blog, you'll see our vacation pics from years past. We are dressed like Arctic explorers when at the beach.
I'm happy to be at home now, and ready to get involved in the PR Jacket contest. Now, I don't stand a chance of winning, but I am still playing along. Here is what I am making-View B with the rounded yoke. I'll add in pleats rather than gathers. I'm using a recycled hemp/linen blend which has a tweedish grey cast flecked with colors. The lining of the torso will be this rayon and I have some plain navy lining for the sleeves. The pattern does not include a lining pattern, and so I will draft my own. Having never done this before, I've started gathering hints and tutorials in order to have some background. I'm excited to be sewing after a week's break, and looking forward to what I can do to make this plain coat stand out from all the other wonderful jackets submitted during the contest.
Some ideas rattling around include: silk screening the yoke, hand stitching along the seams of the yoke, adding piping, changing up the pockets to make them more distinctive, using a small amount of contrasting fabric for the undercollar and the sleeve cuffs, using selvages somewhere.
I'll keep you all up to date, with more news about Bandit, little Nick, big Nick and Woodrow. and of course, the wonderful Mr. Biblioblog.