24th June 2011: More progress woop! So here is what I got done this evening. Didn't get to spend as long as I wished on it this evening but managed to get the front piece pinned on and then stay stitched (you can't actually pin it on), put it through my machine, unstitched all the stay stitches and in the morning going to hand stitch the edges together. Then that will be one side complete. Hoping to get the other side finished tomorrow then its just a case of adding all the buttons. Gah I fail at sewing buttons on.
23rd June 2011: Trimming progress Well this is what I got done tonight. Had to stay stitch it down first because pins just wouldn't go through. Then I machine stitched it, took the stay stitches out with the stitch unpicker, then hand stitched the edges together. My poor thumb now has about a million and one holes in it
11th June 2011: Progress Well I've spent the last two days trying to sort out the lining into my jacket. I've nearly finished sewing down both sides and then need to sew the bottom and the sleeves. Still haven't fixed the epaulettes down and the front trimming can't be added till the lining is sewn in. Then just the buttons. Definitely should be done by LFACC as long as I get a move on.
4th June 2011: Jacket updates Well I ended up not doing the pockets last week and because of C17 last weekend I didn't get anything done then either. Instead I had some time off till tonight from costuming. I've been doing costume research online but nothing actually creative. So tonight I did the pockets for Tonks and all went well.
I now have two fully functioning pockets on the outside of my jacket. Still need to add some sort of closure. Might see if I can pick myself some velcro or such to keep them closed. I also bought some lining fabric as the actual jacket fabric is very very see thru so hopefully that will arrive in the next few days.
Things left to do:
*Fix in sleeves
*Construct and attach lining
*Add last of trimming to the front and collar
*Remove buttons from my old jacket and add to this one (sad times. RIP old jacket)
21st May 2011: Todays current progress Both pocket tops are now attached along with the middle length of webbing which goes all the way round the jacket. Going to try and do the pockets later tonight, might also add a small bit of velcro to the pockets to keep them closed, will work that one out later as may need to buy some velcro as don't think I have any in my stash of cosplay stuff.
21st May 2011: Jacket update So I have the front pieces now all sewn to the jacket. Its taken a few hours trying to get them all the same length and pinning them straight lol. There were a few times when they ended up on slight diagonals but got it sorted. Had lots of breaks in between too as meant to be tidying the house *shifty eyes* oops.
20th May 2011: Front pieces done Front pieces to be added tomorrow. And yay to the rest of my webbing turning up means I can now go full steam ahead to get this costume finished.
18th May 2011: Collar progress Spent most of my night doing more of this. So far I've hemmed the bottom and front as well as made the collar. Obviously all the trimming still needs adding but have to wait for the rest of it to be delivered first and then hope it matches the detailing on the sleeves as Ive had to buy from another seller. If not will redo the bits on the sleeves if it doesn't look right.
17th May 2011: Made body done The main body of the jacket it now made and I have started adding the detailing to the sleeves this time using polypropylene webbing, which is the same webbing used on horses rugs. Its alittle bit thick but I couldn't find the cotton equivilant in the same colour so this looks just as good if not a tiny bit unflexible. Jacket is now on a brief pause for the trimming as I've had to order some more from ebay.
Still do to:
+Trimming on the front, sides and back
+Hem front and bottom
10th February 2011: Poor poor jacket Well as I have posted on here at an earlier date the jacket I originally made has done its job and it basically on its way out, would love to repair it at somepoint and have two jackets as I adore the jacket so much I can't bare to part with it. I am now in the process of trying to remake the Ministry jacket for LFACC 2011 in July. Hopefully I will get it done in time though I'm not 100% on the material I have bought (can't get the original fabric from the seller anymore). Going to have to make some alterations to it for example making better pockets inside and out and by the looks of it the new fabric will mean the jacket needs a lining which I haven't decided on what material or colour to use yet.
Sephirayne - 22nd June 2009
I love your Tonks. Such a great job on the coat. Love the photos as well. fab times XX
FlyingMammal - 23rd July 2009
I am adoring your Tonks. Especially the work on that top!!
naurarwen - 30th July 2009
Thanks the detailing on the jacket was a pain to do as was the added stripes to my new Tonks shirt. The overall costume was easy to make it was just the detailing that took alot of time and effort.
Sephirayne - 1st February 2011
Looking forward to the remake of Tonks. You do Tonks so well.
naurarwen - 1st February 2011
Thanks sweetie. Luckily plenty of time between now and July to sort my new jacket out and wear my boots in. Wanna see what you think of the fabric before I start making it though.
naurarwen - 18th May 2011
Thanks Steph. Really looking forwards to getting it finished and seeing the final product. Its been so much easier this time as I knew what I was doing. I've made a few changes but they have been simple enough. Just waiting for the rest of my webbing now as I ran out. I bought 6 metres to start with for a few quid but now only have enough left to do the front bits and still need enough to do the back.
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