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Topic: Visual-Kei Inspired Jacket--- My first attempt at men's wear  (Read 15220 times)
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« on: September 26, 2008 10:12:59 AM »

A while back, I volunteered to make a hoodie/jacket for my friend, as a birthday present. I told him he could design it, but little did I know... he would come up with this. (this is my version of a sketch he did... to make it easier for me to understand)
 
He was inspired by the works of Joodito, but ultimately, the design is pretty much his own. Oh, I had to make a few modifications, naturally. The hood had to go... he wanted me to put a collar and a hood into the neckline... needless to say, my domestic Janome couldn't handle that many layers of fabric and buckram interfacing... so the hood went. I also added pockets to this, and a strip down the back. Here it is:






I made the pattern by draping it onto his body, to get the right fit. I did the sleeves by guessing, same with the collar, buckles, overlays... but luckily, I am a good guesser. I believe there are 17 buckles on the jacket in total (count them!). The black contrast is made out of satin, and the purple is some sort of slightly stretchy thick knit. I would say this took me about 18 hours to make. It's not perfect... the zipper puckers a little (you know... does that wavy thing), and something didn't quite match up, but totally worth it... probably the most effort I've put into a birthday present, and of course, he loved it (and it fit!)
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« Reply #1 on: September 26, 2008 10:17:13 AM »

Fantastic!  Great design and execution.

Bravo to both of you!
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« Reply #2 on: September 26, 2008 10:27:00 AM »

Wow! Very cool. He's lucky to have an awesome friend to make him a personalized gift like this.  Grin

Great execution of the original artwork. I like how the bottom of the coat in the front comes to a point, and all those buckles are killer! Out of curiosity, why did you leave the hood part out?
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« Reply #3 on: September 26, 2008 10:35:43 AM »

I had to leave the hood out, because it would've made it impossible to stick the zipper in, with my sewing machine. I would've had to use an industrial, which I didn't have access to at that time. I would've been sewing through 6 layers of fabric
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« Reply #4 on: September 26, 2008 11:19:53 AM »

totally awesome!!
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« Reply #5 on: September 26, 2008 01:14:37 PM »

Awesome job.  You are some friend to do that amount of work for a birthday present!   

I wonder though, can you call it a hoodie if there is no hood?

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« Reply #6 on: September 26, 2008 01:17:50 PM »

Your friend came up with a fun and unique design and how wonderful of you both to work out a compromise to make it!  All of those details makes for a one-of-a kind item!  Lucky guy!  I also love seeing more clothing for guys...now you need to teach him to sew!  Cheesy
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« Reply #7 on: September 26, 2008 01:37:17 PM »

Oh my goodness, wow!
You did a really great job.  That jacket is amazing.
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« Reply #8 on: September 26, 2008 02:29:00 PM »

Really, really nice job! I am thoroughly impressed at how you brought that to life. You area good friend indeed!
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« Reply #9 on: September 26, 2008 04:17:23 PM »

O.O

WANT.

So, so want.

I love how subtle the purple is, too. I would have never thought of purple for that design. Hmm. Looks great.
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