I'm thinking that in some cases when they say grosgrain, they're using it to refer to a fabric with a heavy warp thread, not just the ribbon. So I think webbing DOES count as grosgrain. I'm still trying to find 100% cotton grosgrain ribbon, but I guess it's just not something that's made, so my new mission is to find this grosgrain fabric that wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grosgrain, it was a very entertaining read!) claims exsists, and make bias binding. But it might take me a million years. I might just use black twill tape. Everywhere. All over.
I found the coolest turquoise faux suede yesterday but it's nylon backed and my world is crushed by the fact that it just won't work for this jacket. Too stiff. I'm going fabric shopping after school today again to make myself feel better about it, and maybe I'll find something as rad.
Bleh. Now I HAVE to go to school, or I'll be late. I so wanted to stay home and sew today.
Whoa, I haven't even printed mine yet, either! Damn. I need to get on it.
I had a feeling cheval meant horsehair braid. There was something else that I ended up using google translator for to figure out, and I wish I had my copy of the pattern with notes here with me so's I could remember. In fact, I have nothing to add to this conversation at all right now, other than so far, everybody else's looks rad. Very rad!
Okay so those orange pattern pieces: All but three (four?) of them have roman numerals on them, and those correspond with lil' bits all around the jacket. Like pattern piece 9 has markings for IV, V, and VI, where d-rings attach, and those match some of the orange pieces. And the others I think are for elastic.
A tip to anyone who wants multiple copies of the pattern: don't forget you can just get one printed then trace as many copies as you need of the pieces you want to play with on some tissue paper/freezer paper/thin interfacing.
Excellent! That's what I'll do. Last night I went ahead and printed out the pattern on three pages to hang on the wall, and mark the hell out of it and such. Like which ones are sleeves and doubles and what's a facing piece, and I wish I had it with me now because that technical drawing you've got going is pretty sweet. In fact if I could get it to work I'd just print the whole thing out at home but it's not happening for me. So! Only one expensive copy, which means I get to spend more monies on fabric. Win.
Other than that I've done nothing else for this jacket for two days, so I feel like my progress is going super slow. I did go fabric shopping, though, and I wish I could find a link for this Alexander Henry cotton I think I'll use for the interior, but the closest thing is this: http://www.ahfabrics.com/product_details.php?p_id=487. Same colorway, just less busy, and with tattooed sumo wrestlers and geisha.
Whoa those are awesome. And immensely helpful. I know you said there was a lot of grosgrain involved, but DAMN. That's A LOT of grosgrain. I'm enjoying typing that silent s, so I'm going to type it one more time. Grosgrain.
Also, it just hit me that I really am going to have one of these soon, that I get to wear and be super proud of, and I just can't wait. I want to start it like RIGHT NOW but I don't even have the pattern printed yet! Gah! It's killing me.
just-fee: Oh, there will be pictures. Lots of pictures. In fact, I will add "batteries for camera" to my list of supplies needed for this adventure. I think you should try making your own along with me, though. It can't be impossible to do, and I have this theory that the more prepared I am to do a lot of seam-ripping on a project the smoother it actually goes, so don't be intimidated. You can always tear seams apart and fix as needed. I hate making muslins, but I'll make one for this because I KNOW I'll be making some mistakes. And I'm not sure what the US to UK size comparison is, but I'm a US 8 at the bust, a 12 at the waist and a 16 at the hips, and 14 as far as my arm width is concerned. So yeah, this pattern is in for a major size overhaul. I'd love to see someone else make it larger, too. It looks like it's been done before, so I know it can happen!
alli.illektro: I just saw your prep school blazer, and I thought "man, I wish that girl would make a Galliano Jacket with me". So yeah. You should. Because that's almost weird.
Printing-wise, I'm thinking I'll have a copy shop print me two or possibly three copies of the pattern. One to keep for reference whilst I figure this whole thing out (I'll probably hang it on the wall), one to cut for my muslin, and one that I can alter for the final jacket, once I get the muslin all figured out. It depends on how expensive one copy is. I'll do some pricing for that tomorrow.
See, that thing is not going to fit me by about four inches all over, according to people who've finished theirs. So I've got to put in some extra panels somewhere in the jacket to enlarge it a bit. The arms (or arm, rather, since there's really only one, but I think I'll make two) are probably also too small for me, so I'm hoping to alter the sides in some way to make it both larger around, and have a larger arm hole so's I can have a wider sleeve. Something to do with piece 5, I think. It's like a puzzle. Made of fabric. That you can wear! So like...the best puzzle ever.
Anybody else out there interested? It'll be fun, I promise! And IndividualFrog has made one of these, and if he's around to help then it should be much easier, I'm thinking.
That's the original, but I'll bet the majority of you know it more from this: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=28780.0. It's been five years since those brave souls first had a go, and I've always meant to do my own - originally, I postponed doing it because as is, that damn jacket will never fit me. I'm a much better tailor and corsetiere now than I was then, so I think the time has come...to start the John Galliano Pirate Jacket Sewalong Part II.
Anyone with me? I'm planning on doing it anyway, and I'd love to have anyone else who's up for the challenge join me - for motivational purposes, and so we can help each other!!
So...my muslin's bought, and I'm collecting bits and pieces of what I'll need for the final project. I'm just waiting for my financial aid money to come in so I can afford to print the beast of a pattern out. You (yes, you!) should join me!