|Got my towel, babelfish, and cool jacket. Lunch at the Restaurant at the End of the Universe anyone?|
And then I basically put the movie on loop whenever I was sewing the jacket, and it became sort of a thing.
|Sorry about my blinding white skin (use your towel to sheild your eyes). Flash does horrible things to my complexion. Great things to falling snow though.|
This has been my mantra throughout the last days of finishing off this jacket. It was a mad race to finish this ontime for the PR Refashion Contest, and I literally had minutes to spare once I submitted! But I did it! I was so worn out after finishing it, I sort of put off writing this blog post. Sorry for the delay.
Recap of Details:
Pattern: Burda Style Magazine 09-2012 #135 Blouson Jacket (plus sized)
Size: 46 from shoulders to bust, graded to 48 below the waist
Fabric: Thrifted Nygard wool jacket (XL) and Garage Sale Danier leather jacket (L?), and a poly lining from the crappy local fabric shop.
Alterations: Grading size, changed the shoulder yokes from wool to leather
toile. Despite the size of the jacket, there just wasn't enough leather to cut out the pieces, especially once I cut the last facing the wrong way and had to seam together the last piece. I did, in the end, change the triangular shoulder yokes from wool (as the pattern suggests) to leather, mostly because I was out of wool fabric. I even had to patch together the wool waistband piece because I was down to scraps of wool. (Although looking at the pictures, I really wish I could've done the waistband in leather. Ah well, such is the way of refashioning - sometimes you have to make compromises.)
|Here's the front panel facing I had to patch together. Turned out alright!|
Actually, the instructions were entirely disappointing. I wound up mostly making it up as I went along, they were so convoluted and confusing.
|Zipper, snap at the waistband, and look! Chest welt pocket!|
|And then I embroidered a Babel fish to the collar. I'm all set for translating any aliens that comes along.|
"The Babel fish," said The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy quietly, "is small, yellow and leech-like, and probably the oddest thing in the Universe. It feeds on brainwave energy received not from its own carrier but from those around it. It absorbs all unconscious mental frequencies from this brainwave energy to nourish itself with. It then excretes into the mind of its carrier a telepathic matrix formed by combining the conscious thought frequencies with nerve signals picked up from the speech centres of the brain which has supplied them. The practical upshot of all this is that if you stick a Babel fish in your ear you can instantly understand anything in any form of language. The speech patterns you actually hear decode the brainwave matrix which has been fed into your mind by your Babel fish.
Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, by Douglas Adams
I'm suprised at how warm this jacket is. The night I finished it, I wore it to go pick up my roommate from the airport, and despite it being -16C (3.2F) and only wearing a t-shirt underneath, I was more than warm enough. YEAH WIN!
So long, and thanks for all the fish!