We have entered the “Why Are You Doing It That Way?” phase of self-isolation. You know, when you and your spouse or partner or housemate are saying things to each other like, “Are you sure the heat needs to be up that high to cook that?” or, “Why are you putting that plate on the bottom rack of the dishwasher?” or, “Shouldn’t you be using a spoon instead of a fork to eat that?” or, “Are you sure that’s not a supporting beam you’re about to remove?”
Apologies to whomever came up with the “Why Are You Doing It That Way?” phase of isolation concept. It’s not my original idea. (No one has those anymore, anyway. As soon as you think of an Original Idea you find that someone already posted it on Twitter at least six weeks ago.) I can’t remember if I read it or heard it somewhere or if it was a friend of my husband’s that joked about it. But since I also can’t remember what day of the week it is, I’m not going to worry about it too much.
But lucky me, look who I get to self-isolate with! And look how handsome he looks in his new Friday Pattern Co. Ilford Jacket! This pattern happened to be one of the February patterns for the #SewMyStyle2020 sew-along, and I’m so pleased to have finished it on time. Because it’s still February, right?
I made it with a really great, soft poly blend of some kind that I picked up at Value Village for a song. I managed to go find and buy appropriate buttons in person a day or two before The Shit Hit The Fan. (We need a name for that moment — you know, that week, which would have been a different week depending on where you live, when the schools all closed and suddenly everyone was buying enough toilet paper to wipe a herd of elephants and there was speculation that we wouldn’t be able to stock up on booze and if we were smart we would have all bought stocks in Zoom? What shall we call that moment? Suggestions welcome.)
I have enough fabric left over to make another Ilford Jacket for myself. Which I would love to do but have been strictly forbidden to do so by my isolation bud. After more than 25 years of hanging around each other we already accidentally dress the same on far too many occasions. Case in point:
I really enjoyed making this, and I think it looks great on Dave. As many reviewers of the pattern have mentioned, the pattern is drafted *very* wide, so I ended up shaving off quite a bit of width from the side seams and sleeve seams. Other than that, the details of making the pattern are fuzzy, as is my brain these days, so I can’t offer you too much in the way of tips.
Notice Dave’s Covid Haircut. One of the few who can say it’s the same as his pre-Covid Haircut. Lucky bastard.
As we speak, he is busying himself with a little “home renovation”, which for some reason requires him to cut half a dozen little holes in the ceiling of my office/sewing room while I’m trying to write this.
Which has been great fodder for more rounds of the “Why Are You Doing It That Way?” phase of self-isolation. Especially the “Are You Sure That’s Not a Supporting Beam You’re About to Remove?” edition.
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