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    Ask a Curator: Flight Jackets

    Interesting point about combat worn uniforms actually being quite rare because they were so worn and ragged they were just thrown away. Thanks for posting! I also liked the information about theater made items.
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    Making my own reproduction A-2

    I think this is the final draft. I added an inch to the body--I just attached additional fabric so it looks clumsy because you can see the seam. It won't be like that on the final jacket! Lowered the pocket (there will be two on the final jacket, I was just being lazy), and took 1/4 off of the...
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    Making my own reproduction A-2

    Thanks! I agree that the pockets seem a bit high. I'm quite short--4'11"--so getting the proportions correct were a little challenging. The pockets are already fairly small so I'm going to see if adding the inch and lowering them works. But I'm also realizing that because I've had to scale it...
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    I need your opinion. Reproduce a WWII theatre made shearling? Or no?

    Thank you! I understood what theater meant with regards to regions of conflict, but couldn't quite figure out what it meant with regards to jackets (and also patches, which is where I ran across the term first)
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    I need your opinion. Reproduce a WWII theatre made shearling? Or no?

    What does the term "theatre made" refer to? I've run across this term a number of times researching WW2 jackets.
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    Making my own reproduction A-2

    Managed to find time to squeeze in some work on the mockup. This time I used a heavier weight fabric instead of muslin. The cuff and waistband are just tacked on to see how they fit and the zipper isn't the proper length, but I wanted to be able to try on the jacket while the front was closed...
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    Embroidery on denim jacket s506xx

    That is absolutely amazing work! Embroidery is so time consuming but it can be kind of soothing to work on.
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    Making my own reproduction A-2

    Thanks for the tip on the leather! I do have some already that I think should work well, but this is good information for any future projects.
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    Making my own reproduction A-2

    Haven't no real update to post --I haven't had much time to work on the muslin/toile/mockup since I got my first costuming job in over a year--I work as a costume technician (fancy way of saying I build costumes for theatre productions) and with the Pandemic and no live shows, I had no work. But...
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    Making my own reproduction A-2

    Thanks, that is very helpful!
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    Making my own reproduction A-2

    Thank you for checking in! I do know about using a walking foot --I work as a costume stitcher for local theater productions, so I have fairly decent equipment--although there are always upgrades to aspire towards! I've done minimal leather work though and this will be the first leather garment...
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    Making my own reproduction A-2

    Thank you for the welcome! I am appreciating the eagerness of the forum to be of assistance :) I do have a heavy duty Singer, but thank you for pointing out the layers in the epaulets, I will test it and if it is a struggle, I can probably borrow a stronger workhouse of a sewing machine from...
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    Making my own reproduction A-2

    Thanks for the responses! I do have quite a few photos, including the pictures at Acme Depot, but sometimes the details get a little overwhelming so I appreciate the pointers on specifics.
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    Making my own reproduction A-2

    Some pictures of my mockup. I used the pattern as a base--even though it was a men's small 34"-36" chest, it was still pretty big on me so I scaled it down a bit and shortened it both at the bottom of the jacket and the sleeves--I'm only 4'11" and it was quite long. Made the pocket a little...
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    Making my own reproduction A-2

    Ahh, pictures of me wearing the jacket. Will do my best to get post one :)
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