What a production! It takes an eye for detail. I'm beat.
The jacket needs to hang overnight to develop its drape before understitching, tacking and hemming.
It has a single button at the waist. You only get one chance to do a buttonhole right.
It will look better tomorrow morning.
What do you think so far?
The funny thing is this is my first denim jacket. "It doesn't look like denim," my friend Billie said. Good.
I associate blue denim jackets with cowboys and farmers. I have zero Western wear. No giant belt buckles or cowboy hats.
While working as a professor at Central Washington University, I lived in Ellensburg surrounded by wheat ranches. During Ellensburg Rodeo week, the sheriff deputizes Chamber of Commerce members. They fine people $5 if they are not wearing any Western wear on Main Street.
Waiting for an x-ray, I struck up a conversation with an older woman who was sitting beside me.
"In the 1940s, we only had five dollars for new school shoes for our son," she said. "Our farm was struggling. On Main Street, Chamber of Commerce members (three men) forced us to give them our last five dollars. My husband and I felt publically humiliated. Our son did not get new shoes that year."
"We were so mad, we vowed never to shop in Ellensburg again. Instead we drive 35 miles to Yakima, even for grocery shopping."