This blog post has been two weeks in the making – I was thwarted by an electrical storm last week which took out our modem and phone line. But after services were restored and I was ready to hit publish, Mr H happened to see it and said he didn’t like what I’d done with the front of the jacket. Just to say I highly value his honest and unfiltered opinions, however it dented my confidence a bit – was it really that bad? I’d been looking at it for so long I had no idea what looked right or wrong anymore.
The jacket in question is the nearly-finished denim jacket-cut-from-jeans I’m making for my teen. It’s my sew-a-long project for Zero and Zen, a course I’m co-presenting with Kate Ward.
I started this project with three pairs of jeans rejected by the opshop.
I cut them up into this jacket, using the zippered legs for the sleeves.
The question now is: how should the jacket do up at the front?
The first thought was a metal zip, to match the metal zips on the sleeves, but we didn’t have one – only plastic zips. I didn’t really want to go out and buy one, partly because it would use up precious energy (Long Covid), but mostly because I wanted to make the jacket only from things we already had at home or were being thrown out, like the denim.
The “least worst” plastic zip was this blue one…
…but it looked very boring when pinned in place:
I was explaining the situation to my teen when a flash of inspiration came. What about the 3 waistbands from the jeans that the jacket was cut from?
I unpicked the front sections of the 3 waistbands (actually, I didn’t use the Dannii Minogue jeans because I previously only cut the legs off, leaving a very wearable pair of denim shorts, and it seemed a shame to butcher them. But I found another waistband in the “denim mending” box to use instead).
The waistbands got laid across the front of the jacket to see what they looked like:
Then I unpicked sections of the seams to insert the ends into.
This is the point where we had the storm and then I just wasn’t sure what I was doing. I got an opinion from a trusted sewing friend, who agreed with Mr H. The waistbands looked too heavy and chunky, but she thought the idea was good and suggested I just play with the concept a bit more. Maybe just tabs?
I thought the last one was the best, and I left it pinned together to think about.
Then, we had the final live session for Zero and Zen and Kate suggested trying it with a collar.
As I’d cut a very high neckline and hadn’t trimmed away anything, there was still the option. For a collar I unpicked more waistband and pinned it in place to see. Like! (Sorry there’s no pic of it being worn.)
But I think I will unpick the jeans label from the new collar!
I’m very happy that the design details have been resolved, and for now the final sewing will wait until the summer holidays when I’ll enjoy finishing it off.
UPDATE: here’s the jacket worn with the pinned-on tabs and collar: