|Started||Oct 1, 2021|
|Completed||Oct 9, 2021|
|Notes||This pattern inspired my Halloween costume this year - because this IS my circus, AND my monkeys. Fabric is a polyester knit with moderate stretch, not an ideal weight but it was the right color and gifted to me as part of a large stash. (It's a true red, although the image on my computer tends towards shocking pink. It's not.) I interfaced the entire coat with fusible. Fit is just OK, but acceptable for what it is. If I had to do it again, I'd include a back stay and use the velvet (also a poly stretch) only in the upper collar. As it is, the velvet continues into the front facing and makes for a really thick jacket front. I omitted the pocket flaps due to laziness. Added sleeve heads along with the shoulder pads, which improved the look - a shoulder reinforcement to address collapse over the bustline would have been even better. I was very pleased with the way the classic vents on tails and sleeves turned out. Lining was a particular challenge because separate lining patterns weren't included - had to draft my lining pieces by removing the areas covered by facings, and add lengthwise ease for the back vent. This was my first time to line a classic vent - instructional videos by Sarah Alm were absolutely helpful in getting my head around the concepts, I highly recommend them.
The fingerless glove on my right hand isn't part of the costume - it's actually a brace, in place after wrist surgery last week. It's the devil itself to sew in. :) I'm also going to blame it for the weird wrinkling near the right shoulder, it doesn't do that on the hanger.