She REALLY likes belly rubs. If you couldn't tell.
Oh, and Jackson is still doing great. Rich has been riding them in lessons and they've been doing Western style stuff...Jackson LOVES it and Rich seems to be having a good time as well.
|First place in trail class!|
The picture above is the cutting of some very wonderful green wool broadcloth that is in the process of becoming a (hopefully) kickass 1812-era tailcoat. Not pictured are the khaki wool flannel trousers that are like 85% done (awaiting buttons, buttonholes, and hems) and are a thing of beauty. I know I married the right guy--he has excellent taste in fabric! I'm very proud of the construction on the trousers, so I'll probably give them their own post once they're finished. The tailcoat has been an adventure so far, but things are going smoothly.
|Trixie approves of Papa's fabric selections|
We're using the Laughing Moon #122 tailcoat pattern and so far the instructions seem relatively clear and the results are good. I think next time we might try a Past Patterns option, since those patterns are taken from original garments and include lots of period information about materials, construction, and the like. The Laughing Moon pattern does have instructions for doing things by hand, but they're not necessarily based on period techniques. The end product will be well-constructed and have a good look to it, but it isn't a period pattern, per se. However, for a first project using techniques with which I'm not familiar, I appreciate the clear instructions and the fact that there was very little alteration needed in order to fit Rich's modern figure.
Rich has been an immense help with the cutting and prepping, and is also picking up some skills with a needle. So far we've mostly been doing a lot of pad stitching, but I'm hoping to have the last of that done today. Then the actual construction can begin, and hopefully soon it should actually start to look like a coat!