The Tessuti Tokyo Jacket
Miss Crayola Creepy 12:17 PM Completed project
When I first saw the Tessuti Tokyo Jacket I thought it was a pattern I wanted to try. When Sallie, Amy, and Sophie blogged about their versions I KNEW it was a pattern I wanted to try. How stunning are their makes?!?! Unfortunately, I'm not completely stoked on my version :( I made it several weeks ago, took these photos two weeks ago, and have held off blogging about it to see if my thoughts would change. I'm still on the fence and decided to quit putting it off and write about it anyway!
The beginning of the sewing process did not start off well for me due to taping the pdf pattern together. I was already grumpy while I was cutting and taping (in case your forgot, I HATE assembling pdf patterns), but when the pieces didn't line up correctly I was really annoyed. I also wasn't crazy about the fact that all the sizes were drawn the same with no differentiation between them. The Tokyo Jacket isn't the hardest to trace or cut out and I don't know if other Tessuti patterns are the same, but I could see it being an issue for more complicated projects.
The sewing instructions were fine, but I still managed to mess things up. You see, and this is where I become a hypocrite, even though I hate wasting paper on pdf patterns (printing out and not needing to use all the pieces) I print out the directions. My sewing desk has limited space and can't accommodate a laptop and I genuinely do like to have a hard copy in front of me for current and possibly future use. Twenty three pages was too many to print in color, so black and white it was. Normally, I print black and white and don't think twice, but since the instructions were all photos (no diagrams) I considered doing color and didn't. Mistake. As a visual person I heavily rely on diagrams/illustrations, but because the garment in the photo instructions is made from a blue fabric with white polka dots it was harder for me to see what was going on and mistakes were flourishing left and right. A smart person would have looked at the pdf on the computer, but I was being lazy and stubborn and was forcing something when I just shouldn't have!
I'm not going to go over all my mistakes I made because it's just going to get me worked up again haha. But they are there! Honestly, I haven't worn the jacket since I've sewn it which is unlike me and is a definite sign that I'm not loving the finished product. But who knows, maybe in a few months I won't take the thing off!
The one thing I do like is the fabric. I bought it a few months ago when Rochelle and I went to Stonemountain in Berkeley, so it has good memories attached to it. The print is fun and the viscose is so soft and comfy, I regret not buying more.
So, my t-shirt. Have you guys heard of Night Riots? They are a local band and it has been really cool to see them grow and make good music. And it's super crazy to hear them on MTV. Love seeing nice and talented people living their dreams!