Help me out: What should my next project be?

Having finished up the “Foreman” jacket I find myself at a lose end now. Getting back into sewing has been kind of fun and I want to keep up the momentum. Plus, it’s been truly gratifying to receive so much feedback and support, so I’d like to ride the wave of approval and crack on with another piece of home-made slow fashion garmentry. The question though is which of the three project I have lying here do you most want to see? Read my brief overview and vote in the poll. Tuesday morning I’ll start cutting and sewing.

Project 1:

Basically the same “Foreman” jacket by Merchant & Mills that I just made, but instead of olive canvas twill I will make it in a grey, vintage weight Harris Tweed. Possibly also with a lining, though that may prove tricky. This was my first jacket.

Project 2:

I have the pattern and dark green corduroy ready to make a pair of “Jutland Pants” from Canadian menswear patternists Thread Theory. A very versatile pattern with lots of possibilities for customisation. I’ve had this one sitting on the shelf for at least a year now, so it’s long overdue. I’ve never made trousers before.

Project 3:

Finish the royal blue corduroy waistcoat I started on at least a year ago and managed, more of less intentionally, to misplace under a pile of fabric. At this point the lapels are in place on the front pieces (and look much nicer than I remember), but no pockets are made and it needs a lot of finishing. I can’t even recall which pattern I used for this, so I’ll have to go all Poirot in the sewing cave for starters. This will be the 5th waistcoat I complete.

So, please help me!

I need your help to decide. Answer the poll and whichever gets the most votes I will forge ahead with.
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  • Holdfast 30/06/2017 at 16:08

    John Lewis were selling an unstructured Harris Tweed jacket with no lining and it was more like a cardigan really and didn’t really work. Even a simple cotton lining gives a little shape.

  • Bitten By The Sewing Bug 30/06/2017 at 18:52

    The waistcoat followed by the trousers :-).

    Love your posts and love the sewing project pattern ones in particular, you are an inspiration to see.

  • Brian in Alberta 30/06/2017 at 20:27

    The jacket! I’ve got waistcoats and trousers under control. It’s shirts and jackets that are causing me problems. 😉

  • Patman 30/06/2017 at 22:30

    Spotted a typo old boy, your not at a “lose” end but a “loose” end.

    • nick 30/06/2017 at 22:35

      Thank you, Pat… Did you mean “your” or “you’re”? #pedantic ?

  • Michael 01/07/2017 at 01:51

    I’d definitely go for the trousers as it’s something new, for both you as a seamsman and us as readers (but please re-visit the waistcoat afterwards as I hate seeing any project unfinished).

  • Michael Johnson 02/07/2017 at 20:00

    Go for the Trousers, Would you like my measurements?


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