Memory Lane: My Son’s Dashing MF Outfit

 

Instead of working, I am going to traipse down memory lane.  Last year I wanted to start bloggin more regularly but didn’t get around to it much, so at the time I created the Matric Farewell outfit for Big Son I did not document the process except for the final results on PatternReview.

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I made a long jacket, a vest, and a failed pair of pants which he fortunately could swop for a better-fitting pair he had in his closet.  I also made the cravat, and planned on making the shirt  but at the last moment I found a perfectly well-made RTW one for VERY CHEAP. ( I should really start saying “economical”, it sounds more classy…)

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He WANTED green and even though I teased him about looking like a Leprechaun he wouldn’t budge. He also wanted the bottom front of the jacket to fold back to show the lining, as in a colonial style military costume. This time  I wouldn’t budge.  I had to convince him he is going to a Black Tie Dinner, not a fancy-dress ball!

We could not find paisley lining for the vest in green – so I hand-stained every inch of the blue we could find.  Twice, because in my amateurness I made the first version of the vest perfect but TOO SMALL.

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In the end, we were both completely pleased with the results of the jacket and vest and cravat. (The trousers were a fiasco, on this picture he is wearing them but from behind they were hideous.)

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Now, because I am CHEAP…let me explain the “economics” here.  The cost of his outfit was about R1200.  A unique designer jacket alone would have set him back at least R3000.  (Let’s not confuse that price with relatively sensibly-priced “boring” suits such as the one he already had in his closet, which we bought for R2000 the previous year when he was the MC for the same event.)

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But the look on his face when he left for his Matric Farewell in his mom-made outfit that he described as “exactly what I saw in my head”, and the value of everything I learned in the execution?

PRICELESS!

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