|My helper kitty, Arthur.|
The waistcoat was probably the easiest thing to do, I love waistcoats. The breeches were a little more difficult to accomplish, but somehow I muddled through them. I still will never make breeches again.
Then came the frock coat, which I assumed would be the easiest thing to do, since it was similar to waistcoats and you know, I made spencers and junk, and helped Mr. Ramsey with a couple of his.
|What the hell am I doing here.|
When will I ever learn that things which appear to be simple will most certainly NOT BE especially if I am creating something I have never created before.
It was too big then after it being taken it, it was too small. I have had to re cut out and sew two pieces, I have had to take it apart and resew it back together about twenty times (this is NOT hyperbole. Ok maybe it is a bit, but not by much), and vow to never work on it again before I have gotten to a suitable, satisfactory point with it.
|The good Doctor working on his collar embroidery.|
He has also been working very diligently on a Chapeau Bras, starting with some intense research, black poster-board, tape, and some wrapping paper - called the Chafeaux Bras (yuk yuk yuk). Now he is on the Mark Two mock up out of stiffer materials, spray adhesive, and some very impressive brain skills. Its looking very sharp and I am quite impressed and proud.
|The poster-board Chafaux bras. Slightly suggestive..|
Now, all that is left to do is 28 button holes by hand. I have less than a month left until this royal navy event in July. Whilst the dear Doctor has encouraged me that he will be just as happy without the coat, I still would like it to be done for him to show off - if I can.
|Pad stitching on the collar to stiffen it.|