Saturday, May 26, 2012

The Smoking Jacket

The Invisible Man modeling The Smoking Jacket. He doesn't actually smoke,
but he does enjoy a little nip now and then.

Between the initial bad fabric choice, the mechanical breakdown, and general ennui this project took more time and energy than it probably should have. I used Folkwear 238 pattern for this. I did lengthen it (not something I ever have to do sewing for myself) since my husband is 6'1", but not the sleeves. They seemed plenty long. And they were: about 2 inches too long. Hmm? Of course, the cuffs were already on, so I took the sleeves out and cut them down from the top. And set the sleeves back in. The sleeve cap seemed very high, but there was very little ease in the sleeve. They didn't look right, so I took them out and cut down the underside of the sleeve to increase the circumference. And then I set the sleeves back in.

Strangely, the pocket placement and belt instructions are only given for the woman's size small. Hmm?

And those pockets, well I don't think its possible to neatly finish them as instructed in the pattern. I sewed the trim piece on the front of the pocket, cut a full pocket piece with a lining fabric, sewed the pockets and lining right sides together, then turned it. 
Anyway, he likes it. And I can move on.


  1. Great smoking jacket! But what I really love is your invisible man. He doesn't require anything- just as men should be!