Monday, June 13, 2011

The trashy jacket

I have been doing a lot of cooking. Seriously, a lot of cooking - baking once in the morning and then making a full dinner. I never realised before how much I relied on purchased food: yoghurt, bread, plain biscuits, crackers - always purchased. Now everything has to be made from scratch because B is not allowed preservatives.

Truly it's like going back in time 100 years.

In the evening I've been doing a bit of sewing. I remade the Palmer/Pletsch perfect jean jacket in faux fur (McCalls 5860). I'm not sure why but it seemed a good idea at the time.

Now it seems a bit of a crazy idea as fur is a bit bulky and it's so hard and shiny. Feeling a little like I'm working the aging rocker look.

The good news is now that I've made it I've realised that the denim one was quite good after all and I'm actually enjoying wearing that. This would be the first time I've preferred the muslin over the final product but hey at least something's wearable.

I really love the touch of the silky fur (it's a beautiful cotton/viscose mix) but I think that may be female specific. My husband's verdict was that the jacket was trashy looking and the idea of a hirsute female had no appeal whatsoever.

So it's off to the magic wardrobe with this one too!


  1. This jacket sure made me smirk. I love the humour of it, really, it made me laugh out loud!

    I quite like it actually. Reminds me of "Janice" from the muppets.

  2. I absolutely LOVE this jacket. I have today laid up some seriously trashy ANIMAL print faux fur for a jacket. When I'm done, you must show your husband and ask him how trashy my coat is. Trashy would be if you wore it over a g string and heels while you did the groceries. I like the aging rocker bit - it makes you sound mature and wise.

  3. Nothing wrong with aging rocker... At least the jacket made you aprreciate your first effort, maybe you will find a way to wear this one too.

  4. Surely there are some days when "aging rocker" is just what you wanna be? Put on the records. Dance about the house. Scare the mailman when he knocks!

  5. Janine, the magic wardrobe is the place you put clothes that you don't like, forget about them for a while, pull them out again and say "hey, this is pretty cool after all." See, magic!

  6. You do NOT look like an aging rocker! I like it. I don't think it is trashy at all. I think it's fun to add a little texture into the mix. Maybe you'll have to save that one for "girls' night out." I get three of those a year if I am lucky, lol!

    All that baking from scratch is hard work. Baked goods and breads do freeze well though. If this turns out to be the way forward maybe you could by a big freezer if you have the space in a garage or something and batch bake in order to get on top of the daily routine.

  7. I think "aging rocker" is aweso, but then my taste may be somewhat questionable, too... I hope the magic wardrobe works!

    Also, good for you for all the baking! It sounds like the results are worth it, anyway...

  8. Maybe you can wear the jacket while cooking and really rock that bread!

  9. I am stunned by the restraint of this post. Where is all the whinging about how horrid this stuff is to sew? Aren't there dozens of shaping seams in the jacket? It looks very nicely shaped, unlike most boxy faux fur jackets. How is your vaccuum cleaner after its fur collecting work out? Where did you find those giant snaps? (Not that knowing this would do me any good).
    I don't think the magic wardrobe works on husbands. ;)

  10. Typical husband comment! Really, why do we ask them anyway??!!

  11. thanks about the magic wardrobe - I really need one of those. oh and I loved your posting on your style. I totally understand this. I feel like I am the champion of the underdog pattern and material.

  12. Nothing ageing rock about it. I think its quite mature and sophisticated. I understand the cooking thing - I'm trying to eliminate sugar from my diet. It is in everything.

  13. The jacket is very fun! Really, I ask my husband his opinion less and less.

    Nice work on tackling the baking and cooking! I hope you're able to amass a good stock of TNTs, so you don't have to put much mental energy into it after a while.

  14. I'd much rather age like Patti Smith than anyone else.. You'll probably appreciate this one even more after the temperature drops further. I'd recommend wearing it with friends a few times before you try it again on the husband though, so you feel more confident about it. I'm sure he must have other qualities than clothes critic..

  15. I totally get the cooking thing, but believe it or not, it gets easier. One thing that helps is to make an extra serving of whatever you're making every couple days, and toss in the freezer (I put mine in quart jars and write on the lids) for those days when, ugh, you just can't face the stove! (or if you have to travel unexpectedly)

  16. I am another person who really likes this jacket. The fur is very flat and sleek, not some fluffy and over the top purple animal print. The jacket style is very classic. I think it looks great. My DS's and DH made horrible jokey comments about my fur vest and jacket. They don't understand clothing that is different or unusual. The home cooking will be a huge adjustment, but over time you will become more proficient and faster at it and will appreciate the taste of "made from scratch" over store bought. Bread machines can really speed up bread making.

  17. The photos are clearly deceptive because the jacket looks great although I appreciate you may feel like a walking soft toy, and get patted when you're out. Just about to have a big cook session myself. bon cuisine

  18. cooking is such a PITA esp when I'd rather be sewing. but, it's got to be done and i'm not even doing it as frequently, for as many people nor to the restrictive extent you're doing it!
    I LOVE YOUR AGING ROCKER JACKET. and, I also love aging rockers. :)

  19. If that's what an ageing rocker looks like, then aging rockers are very sexy. love the jacket, I think it looks great

  20. I wanted to email this privately but didn't see an address. I'm not sure if you get the magazine Living Without. This issue has a section on diet and autism - particularily a gluten free, dairy free, diet. Reading through it, the information seemed beginner level and you probably know it already. The only thing I hadn't read about before was the info about probiotics. It said...

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    The author was Kenneth A. Bock author of Healing the New Childhood Epidemics: Autism, ADHD, Asthma and allergies.

    I have extensive food allergies. I find that along with other reactions, they really sit on my nerves. When food isn't going well, I'm emotionally not doing well. Recently pre and probiotics with a coating so that they are carried right to the colon before disolving were recommend for a treatment. I've heard that all probiotics are sprayed with a lactose of some kind but it's so minute as to not matter but enough that the product cannot be labelled dairy-free. I'm not sure if this is true and that may be a concern.

    Not sure if that helps. Wish I could give you a big hug. If you'd like a copy of the magazine, let me know and I'll mail you one.


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