Sewing Adventures – Mens Jinbei jacket and shortsBy Susan | Comments: 2 | March 17, 2016
Recently I ended up with some unexpected free time so I cut out 3 pairs of shorts for The Englishman and finished the Jinbei jacket that has been cut for ages but needed a band and ties before being finished. These are all just casual around the house pieces. After long cycling rides it’s nice for him to have something comfortable to potter about the house.
Shorts 1 – Japanese cotton Lawn from Spotlight. These ended up shorter than expected as the cutting on the fabric piece was so bad by the time I straightened out the grain I was more than 5 cm either end shorter than expected. Still they will be fine for your very hot days in the summer.
Shorts 2 – Navy blue stripe. I picked this up as a remnant at Pitt Trading and I’m fairly sure it’s a Japanese milled fabric. It looks beautiful quality but may need a wash or two to soften up a bit more?
Shorts 3 – blue and white stripe denim. Lightweight fabric I picked up forever ago in Cabramatta. I seem to have miles of it so it must’ve been cheap but it’s super quality and am slightly kicking myself for not making a dress from it as well.
Jinbei jacket – I finally seem to have got the sizing right for The Englishman. I need it to be boxy but not swamp him so I cut it slightly narrower through the body but maintained the wider shoulders and boxy arms.
Fabric: various sources – see above
Pattern: Men’s Jinbei from Nomura Tailor
Alterations: Cut size small width, size Large length in shorts, slight narrowing of hem of jacket.