|This looks like I'm some sort of woman-hater who chops off their heads in pictures...|
I know that Kwik Sew is a business, and they have to cater to the broadest range of tastes in order to reach the most customers, and that patterns stay in circulation for a long time, therefore they have to avoid looking dated. But they've managed to bland-out this design to the point of it almost not existing - you can hardly even see view B because it fades into the background!
Despite this I managed to see through the (non) styling to the classic biker-style jacket. For inspiration, I was thinking along the lines of these images, a million miles away from the Kwik Sew envelope:
|Classic Clash - (source)|
|Lewis Leathers - trading in London since 1892 (source)|
I chose view A, but without the front pockets, mainly because welts and exposed zips are something I'm a bit scared of, so I chose to avoid them on the front in case they went horribly wrong. But I did put them on the sleeves at the cuffs, and I'm so pleased with how they came out!:
It's been a long time since I pushed myself to try a new technique in the world of sewing, and I'm so glad I did. Huge respect to whoever wrote the pattern instructions, because they were extremely easy to follow. It involved sewing a small interfaced strip to the right side of the sleeve, clipping and turning it to the wrong side, then placing it over your zip and top stitching:
The design was quite detailed - it even included the little triangles that go behind the zips, like a real leather jacket!
Some more details:
|Epaulettes on the shoulders|
|Double breasted zip closure and collar|
I admit I'm a bit of a snob about certain fabrics, and fleece is something I've managed to avoid in my own wardrobe. I've worked with it before in items made for Mr Needles, like his Margiela-inspired jacket. But this is the first time I've used it and worn it - it's so cosy, I can see why people swathe themselves in it. And it adds just the right amount of weight to the jacket that I can probably wear it on the cold grey days we're currently experiencing here in London.
See you soon!