In out last post, we assembled the pieces for both the exterior fashion layer and the interior lining/facing layers for the Eton jacket.
In full disclosure, we’d like to say that this project has been an interesting learning experience in that it’s demonstrated to us that there is a lot more involved to drafting a pattern than simply drawing lines on paper following some formula, cutting out the pieces, and putting it together. A lot more. The one thing that nobody really ever discussed in pattern drafting and overall development is that once a pattern is constructed and tested out with one or more toilles, there’s still the matter of working out just how exactly the garment is going to be constructed. Of course, it’s assumed that one just knows all the relevant techniques and that bears little or nor discussion but the reality is with historical garments, there’s a lot that’s become obscure or even lost over the years. Fortunately, there are a number of references out there so it’s not an impossible task but it’s one that’s going require a lot of practice and work to master. So with that said, let’s proceed to the next steps…🙂
We now arrive at one of the most crucial stages- assembling the jacket body.
A lot more pressing is in order but overall we’re pleased with how it came together.
And now onto constructing the cuffs:
The decision to utilize turn-back cuffs was purely an aesthetic one and we could have just as easily used a number of different styles… 🙂 Here’s the cuffs pinned to the sleeves:
And voila, sleeves!
And finally, the sleeves are attached and set in the proper position. All that remains is some final touch-ups.
(To be continued…)