The finished coat and lobster rolls

Hard to believe, but the wedding has come and gone.  I finished the coat with plenty of time to spare.  Thanks to my daughter for helping with the photo shoot.  The location is the lovely Juniper Hill Inn in Ogunquit, Maine.   

I truly enjoyed wearing this jacket.  All the other men at the wedding were wearing dark somber suits, so I’m sure I really stuck out.  Usually that would bother me because I’m not the most self confident man.   But I felt truly happy and joyous wearing this jacket, and shouldn’t the clothes that we make for ourselves do just that?   I love the color (which my camera never quite captured correctly), and I’d like to think that I added a little upbeat flair to the event.  
I’ve put Roberto Cabrera back on the bookshelf, and the jacket is hanging in the closet.  Like all of my sewing projects this has been deeply rewarding.  I loved working with real tailoring materials; the various types of canvas, twill tape, pocketing, sleeve heads.  Even my new tailor’s chalk was a pleasure.   My work space, which is very tiny, is all cleaned up waiting for the next project.  Until then, enjoy the lobster rolls!    

11 thoughts on “The finished coat and lobster rolls

  1. Wow – That is a very, very beautiful garment, you have made!

    I am SO much in awe of your tailoring skills. Especially since I tried making a jacket for me to wear at my own wedding – it was not a smashing success.

    I can imagine, that you livened up the wedding-photos! you look fabulous and the jacket fits you to a T. WOW!


  2. It looks GREAT! The model doesn't hurt the final effect, either. I stand in awe of self-taught sewists, esp. men. I have been sewing, mediocerly, for decades but lack the patience and dedication that you Brian, Peter, Don, and Joost possess. Congrats!!!!


  3. Thanks for all the kind words. The bride was indeed more glamourous than I! My next project is going to be a much needed summer bathrobe. I have a vintage 1958 McCalls pattern. Stay tuned.


  4. You did a fabulous job, and look exceedingly dapper in your jacket.

    I have been thinking of making a bathrobe also…perhaps in a lightweight wool (which is great for our San Francisco summers) What are you planning on making your bathrobe in? Seersucker maybe?


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