Yeah, my toile only has one arm. What you gonna do about it?
Look. It’s a minor miracle that I now make toiles at all, but I’ve learned from bitter experience that toiles do have two values:
- The ‘Does this actually fit?’ value.
- The ‘How the heck do I put this together?’ value.
Okay, a third:
- The ‘Will this suit me?’ value.
So I’ve made my toile of the Simplicity 2443 jacket and attached a sleeve. It works. What’s the point in slaving my way through the second sleeve? I have no serious issues with my shoulders. They’re both there, doing the job they’re meant to. I think I’ll move on to the final make – shout now if you see any issues that do need addressing!
Here’s me inspecting the placket:
To D ring or No?
The sleeves are meant to close with the use of a D ring, but I think I’m going to adapt this to a good, old-fashioned button and button hole. I can already see that the flapping strip of fabric (see picture one) for going through the D ring will annoy me. Plus, is it just me or are D rings seriously difficult to get hold of?
Here’s a close up of my (admittedly crude) placket:
Practice should make perfect.
This is a good example of a toile’s worth. I get to do the bodge job during the practice run. I can learn what the issues are and do a better job at the final make. That’s the theory, anyway.
Don’t ask me how I made this placket. Seriously, I have no idea. If I try to think about it for too long my brain explodes. This is a case of ‘Don’t ask, just do.’ Follow the instructions, go one step at a time, don’t try to think – for god’s sake, don’t try to think! – and eventually, you’ll end up with a placket.
I’m going to add an extra couple of inches to the length of this jacket. Otherwise, nothing more to see here. Move along!
I’m very glad to be progressing to a final make. The past month has seen me racing from one task to the next, catching planes, work taking over my every waking hour, life seeping into any spare corner of existence – and little time to sew. Sewing is my equivalent of crawling under a stone and having time to myself, so to not sew means little Me Time. I’m very glad to see Me Time return and now I’m aching to see a finished object. You know, something I can actually wear. Shouldn’t be too difficult…