Beth Smith

Two Jackets

What’s the difference between a blazer and a jacket?

I googled and found this article saying that the main difference is that a suit jacket is made from finer materials. It also gives two possible reasons for calling them blazers. Of course it is all about men’s suits but I imagine it applies to women as well now.

So, starting last week I began working on two jackets at the same time. One is a wearable muslin to test out a pattern that is in the running for the valuable Harris Tweed and the other is going to be the next handspun handwoven garment for my closetand the fifth item in what is known as the #skirtproject even though I’m branching out from skirts.

For the wearable muslin, I am taking my time and making sure I check all of the seams and press well between each step. Today I’m planning on at least getting the collar in place and maybe the sleeves. After the sleeves I can place the shoulder pads and then the lining and facings fun begins. I’ll keep you updated. The goal is to get this jacket completely finished over the next week so that I can decide whether to use this pattern or try another one. The first Harris Tweed jacket will be finished before the end of October.

For the other jacket I’ve got this fiber. It’s Merino from Essential Fibers. My goal is a two ply that I can sett at about 30 ends per inch.

I’m actually not sure how much yarn is on this bobbin. I do know that it’s about 10 hours of spinning there and approximately 5 ounces. My goal is to finish filling this bobbin today and start the next. Hopefully I’ll be able to spend a bit more time each day spinning in the next week so that next Wednesday i can report about how much yardage fills a bobbin. That will also help me estimate how much time I need and how many more bobbins to spin.

So those are two good goals for the day.

If you have any questions about planning or working on big/long term projects let me know! I’ll be going into much more detail about the process and everything that goes into a long term project on my Patreon page.

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