Forgive me a fluff post. I've got a lot on my mind, but to distract myself, I'm thinking about a project Adam and I are planning together.
We want to make him a facsimile of the Tenth Doctor's jacket.
It's really a very long trench with an inverted pleat running down the back seam, from shoulder to ankle. (Which is impossible to find a picture of online, though you can see it if you watch the show.) The pleat is stitched closed at the back of the waist, so that it falls straight when the wearer is standing still. But the inverted pleat means that the jacket has a lot of extra fabric, which make for great movement when the wearer is running or walking.
Isn't that a cool jacket? I don't know if we can make it, but we're using a basic trench pattern, and just altering it to add the back pleat. I have an old sewing book that I'm using to guide me in the alteration. (This, if we complete it, will probably end up being my husband's birthday present. This is how we usually end up doing birthdays in our house: not as surprises, but as collaborative projects.)
And if it goes well, I might make one for me too (my birthday?). Though I might make the back pleat more like this pattern (ignore the sleeves), open only from the waist down, with the front looking more like your basic trench. Or maybe what I really want is an ankle-length redingote. (Made by me; I'm just putting that link in as an illustration. Though don't they do beautiful work?)
Okay, so that's what's distracting me these days, when I don't want to think about more stressful realities. Anyone else want a new jacket now too? :)
peace of Christ to you,