Victorian-inspired Lolita winter jacket: project diary part I

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17. 10.
So, today it is drafting the pattern. By myself.
My knees are wobbling.
The only part of the pattern which I have ready-made is the sleeve, which is going to be more or less the same as on the lingerie blouse.
I need a shot of courage, please.

After four hours, I'm giving up. I'm gonna frankenstein it from my sister's patterns.

22. 10.
For invigoration - a mini teaparty, yay!!!XD

Finally the back is cut out, including the interlining, but the electrical machine just had to break when I need it - so my sister said she'll put it together for me on the mechanical one, if I baste it together. Great!

22. 12. 2015
After much arduous work in stolen moments from both sis and me, the jacket is about 80% finished. There is still the elaborate braiding on the front to be done; so far it closes with hooks and eyes, but I think I'll swap it for frog closures as was the original plan. In the back, there is the cord to be put in a decorative corset lacing. Plus I need to line it. So far, so good.
I'm not happy about the sleeves though and will have to fiddle with them a bit... originally I wanted really big silk leg o' mutton sleeves, but somehow it didn't look good - but this small is perhaps a bit too small. So I'm thinking about adding a frill that would cover the puffed part; something like the beautiful Nance O'Neil is wearing here:

And maybe I'll replace the silk with another fabric. And maybe I'll put a bit of pretty lace over the frill. Not sure yet. In any case, I need to make a standing collar. I'm wavering whether to add some steel boning or not... we shall see about that.

30. 1. 2016
No progress whatsoever :-) I'm not feeling so well still thanks to the amount of medication I have to take, so I'd like to apologise to everybody to whom I haven't replied yet - if the meds don't kill me, I will reply soon.

What it looks like so far:
The back, which I like very much, because it looks the way I wanted it to so far; it's still missing the decorative corset lacing and a bit of braiding.

The front. As you can see, only the cuffs of the sleeves are braided yet, so it feels kind of bare to me... and those sleeves. Sigh. Sleevils is more like it. Too narrow, too long and the puffed part's too small and a bit plain.
The braiding on the sleeve - my sis drew the pattern based on one we found on the net, I stitched it on with silk thread. *fingers crossed it doesn't snap*
Detail of the front
What are you girls and guys working on? Let me know in the comments!:-)

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4 komentářů

  1. It's looking beautiful so far! I love the colour of it and the fabric, and that braiding on the sleeves is fantastic! The back is looking amazing too.

    I hope you feel better soon, and I look forward to your replies.

    1. Awww, Ellie, thanks so much, you are my angel! *hugs* I'm so very happy you like it, I was a bit nervous about showing it at this unfinished stage:-)
      And thanks a lot for your message, I'm about halfway through replying and I hope to finish it today...

  2. Hello Rosa,
    You are off to a phenomenal start. Hang in there and remember, show no can do this.
    Big hug

    1. Oh Giac, if there's anything phenomenal here, it's you! *hugs* Your comments make me smile always, they are so nice and encouraging:-) 'Show no fear, you can do this' - I will keep reminding myself of that! Thanks a lot for stopping by<3