|I just really like this photo|
It was also derailed, I'll admit, by the not-exactly-surprising discovery that I really dislike standing in front of a camera and/or posting photos of myself online (my facebook photo for three years has been an applique of a dancing fruit, no I'm not a crazy axe-murderer, I promise) ...but it was mostly the fault of the broken camera.
Now I'm stuck trying to blog without taking photographs, which is just a little disappointing because, with my last year of school finally out of the way, I've actually had time to work on things. Namely, a couple iterations of Simplicity's Amazing Fit 2339, one in linen (yay linen!) and one in a silky white fabric. You'll have to take my word for it that I've been sewing?
Actually, though, as much as I like the fit of my 2339 blouse, I'm not sure I'm totally behind the Amazing Fit series. On the one hand, the designs are nice and not too simplified, they fill the "well-fitted staples" niche that I think the designers were going for, and the instructions include a few really neat construction tricks. On the other hand, though, there are some pretty weird design choices.
Case in point, the pockets on this jacket pattern:
Maybe you can't tell what I mean from this photo—I didn't notice, after all, until after I'd bought the pattern. Here's a closer view:
...Is it a pocket with a flap? No! ...Is it a pocket inside a seam? No! ...It's—a vertical inseam pocket RIGHT UNDERNEATH a fake-pocket flap!
All caps and exclamation marks are not at all my thing, by the way, so I hope you understand how flabbergasted (there is no other word for it) I was when I saw this. I'm fine with fake pocket flaps and I'm fine with inseam pockets, but together? I just don't understand.
Maybe the pocket flaps are there to mess with the heads of the people around you when you're in public—people who will, after all, be surreptitiously watching you because of your classy jacket.
They watch as you lean casually against a fence or a wall, relaxing in your sweet blazer...
...They watch as, after a while, you decide to raise the cool factor and put your hands in your blazer pockets...
...They watch as you lift the pocket flaps, they watch as you start to slip your hands into the welt pocket under the flap ... They watch as—WAIT ...
...You slip your hands into inseam pockets instead!
Ain't no welt pockets here.
PS: On a completely unrelated note, the me-made garment in my last post was the brown/tan jacket. Thanks to those who guessed here and on flickr!