Saturday, July 6, 2013

New Militia Denim Jacket: Completed

Sometimes, things take me far longer than I actually wanted them to. Case in point: This jacket.

I designed a 5-jacket collection in 2008 with the intent to sell them on Etsy. They were awesome. Needless to say, I bit off more than I could chew at that point and although I made all 5 jacket patterns, I only ended up making 3 (out of 5!). 

They weren't hard to make or confusing, I guess I  just got quite intimidated.

Looking back, they all should probably have lining with the exception of this baby who has regular jacket facings. I'm kind of in love with this denim one I deemed "New Militia". Obviously, it's a military-based style with a mod/retro spin. 

I initially went up to my sewing room to work on the sewing patterns for the Tower Midi but was too spent from my day job to even think that day. So I looked at this jacket, decided to see if my buttonholer wanted to work that day. It did! 

 The little chest pocket things are mainly for decoration, but you might be able to (sort of) fit your hand in them. They're just in an odd spot.

Back view.

I actually used green thread on this one. Oh no! You can still see some chalk marks near the buttons! Dummy me.

So in the closet this one sat for about 5 years. It was completed with the exception of buttonholes and buttons sewn. Why did it sit for so long? I have no idea. But there was a period of my life where I quit fashion design because I didn't think I was any good at all (no, seriously!).

I almost wanted to keep this one for myself, but she's looking for a new home! I'm posting her up on the Etsy store tonight or tomorrow. She's finally ready to see the world! Stop by the Etsy page - $50, plus shipping.

She can be all yours! So hard to let it go!


  1. Wonderful coat!! You´re so creative!

  2. Girl, I'm glad you got back into design. That jacket is awesome!

  3. Awesome! I really like the cut on this and especially the green thread. A nice change from orange.
    What is it about Jackets that spooks even the best sewers? Its just a dress with an open front and extra details right? I started a blue tent coat years ago and maybe cause it wasn't the right fabric i just hung it up and ignored it until one day i wanted the fabric for a skirt.
    Im glad you finished it though! no more UFOs!

    1. Good use of your extra fabric there, Cat! I haven't had a UFO in a while. (I'm new to this term - what exactly does it mean? Un Finished Original?)

      Yeah, the weird thing is that jackets are my specialty! I would make them all the time in design school. I loved this one I made in 2007 for my senior collection. Tons of odd gems on my super-old Deviant Art account:

      I think I was just really struck with a bout of self-confidence issues in 2008 so I just.... quit. And played with art/photography for a bit until I realized one day my art was just like pattern making but simpler. It's good to be back!

    2. Yes! an un-finished object. One of those terms that comes on sewing blogs every now and again.
      I really like that jacket - especially how the buttons are on the side!

      I totally understand. I went through this phase years ago trying to sew the perfect shift dress but I was using an unflattering pattern with really big armholes and no darts (basically a sack) and so I stopped altogether until I found a better pattern and also the importance of darts! this is in my sewing rebel phase.. about 16!


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