The “Double UFO”-Outfit
Fabric: Pants: dark brown cotton with a suede finish; Jacket: Beautiful Polartec fleece that feels like teddy bear material on the inside and looks/feels like velvet on the outside (I LOVE this fabric! Wish I could upload a swatch for you.)
Patterns: The pants pattern is THE pattern I use when I make pants for myself. It’s some old pattern from “Neue Mode und Stil” (German company). The pattern for the jacket is self-drafted.
Year: contemporary (pants pattern from 1998 – that was the time when bell bottom pants became fashionable again)
Notions: 1 zipper for pants, 1 two-way-zipper for jacket, machine embroidery yarn
Time to complete: Good question. I didn’t time it – probably at least 20 hours.
First worn: 5th of February 2012
Wear again? Yes, definitely. (It’s freezing here.)
Total price: The fabrics were about 35 Euros, zippers cost around 10 Euros; 45 Euros in total.
I believe in extraterrestrial life. I totally do. What I don’t believe in: UFOs in my sewing cabinet. No kidding, I never used to have UFOs which has to do with the way I sew. I just don’t give up until I am actually through with the project. Oh yes, I might be working on several projects at the same time but when is a UFO a UFO? I started working on this jacket last December and has thought it would be a quick project because I had already made a similar fleece jacket with the same pattern. For some reason though this jacket turned out to be much tighther than the first one – so tight that I couldn’t insert the zipper without totally stretching the fabric (and that would have looked stupid). Originally, I had planned to embellish the jacket with black cording (had even bought 12 yards for 15 Euros!) but since the jacket was too tight the fit was more important than the embellishment. The jacket has princess lines so I ended up ripping the middle seams in the front and back and I inserted a 2 inch wide strip out of self-fabric between the panels. This did the trick:
But now the problem was that the zipper bulged in weird ways and made me look as if I was 4th month pregnant…it took me quite a while to figure out the problem. In the end I ripped out the zipper again and took away a bit of fabric where the zipper had stuck out so much. The jacket looked ok then but the cording didn’t fit anymore because the strips I inserted between the princess panels actually make a subtle embellishment that I actually like quite a lot. It’s also good that I didn’t put any trim on the jacket because now it perfectly fits to my embroidered brown pants.
The pants were no headache at all but it took me forever to get the notions together. I didn’t have any zippers and no jeans buttons at home. It took me weeks to get this together. Otherwise the pants were a piece of cake. I have been using this pattern since I have been 19. I used them to sew my first pair of pants and the patterns fits so perfectly that I have used it ever since. I like to embroider my pants with the decorative stitches that my sewing machine offers. I used to have brown pants with golden stitching before but they fell apart last year (they were 10 years old) and I definitely needed a new pair.
I think I never truly stopped working on this outfit – I made other things in between – but I encountered so many problems that it took months to complete these two garments so I guess they kinda qualify as UFOs.
The photos are a bit weird but you must know that it’s terribly cold here. The jacket is perfect for wearing it over a light sweater inside the house – in this cold, our apartment is quite drafty so I am totally in love with this jacket. It’s hard to get good shots indoors and the window was the only place that was not cluttered with my son’s toys and that offered acceptable lighting conditions. (Please note the little candle x-mas ornament that my little son made in preschool. ;) He’s very proud of it)
AND: Don’t you agree that in the window shot it looks as though there was a yellow lighted UFO hovering right behind me?