Monday 19 December 2011

Happy Christmas to all my readers!

Wow - another year has flown past - and what a year it’s been!

Photo by Scott Sebring
It started back in January with a once in a lifetime opportunity when I made the Ultimate Tennant Suit. To have the chance to put into practice the actual way the suit was made was an amazing experience. The timing was perfect, as I had a couple of months before started learning traditional hand-tailoring techniques, which I put to great use in making the suit.
Photo by Scott Sebring
I had to follow the suit, and with three days notice ended up going to Gallifrey One in LA!
There I met up with a number of my online friends and many of my readers who had no idea I was going. I also had the privilege of arranging a group photograph with four of my Tennant Coat clients, which was the highlight of the trip.

By the end of April news broke that THE Series Six Shetland Tweed fabric had been found, as well as the Series Five Donegal.

It was like the Tennant Suit all over again: making an iconic jacket in the exact fabric. I was lucky to find the correct buttons and elbow patches to finish it off.

In August the culmination of many month work came to fruition when I took delivery of  my rewoven Tennant Coat lining. I had been searching for years to find a suitable alternative, but finally took the plunge and commissioned my own recreation of it.

The past few months of the year have been taken up with making a popular new garment in my repertoire - the Green Greatcoat.

I spent a while carefully researching the pattern, fabric and construction until I got it just right.

Then in late November I attended Chicago TARDIS, where I entered the masquerade competition wearing a test version of the Colin Baker Six Frock Coat. I won Best In Show: Workmanship for my tailoring – for which I am very proud.

This was one of three coats I had made, the other two were for the wedding of some close friends which is due to take place just before Christmas.

Looking back it has been an exciting year, with more projects than I could have thought to have taken on.

And as the year comes to a close, an even more exciting development is breaking.

More on that in the New Year, but trust me, it’s gonna be worth the wait . . .

1 comment:

  1. I had to choose one of these from my RSS feeds and went with good ol' Tennant Coat since this is one of the two first blogs where I started following!

    I can't believe it's almost the end of 2011. It literally seems only yesterday that I was looking at the Christmas post of last year where you put the picture up of the Police Post in the snow!

    Things used to be incredibly exciting following your blogs even when it was only "Tennant Coat" and "Tennant Suit", AND NOW LOOK HOW MANY MORE WE GET TO READ!

    It must be odd considering this end of the blog only gets to see pictures and not the real event of all your exciting posts, but I get a genuine thrill out of seeing what you come up with with each update.

    You constantly one-up yourself with your replications. Look back at your earlier posts. You've come a hell of a long way!

    I've always thought this, but if not for the high backlog you would receive, I honestly think you have succeeded so much in this items, that you really could open your own snazzy clothing website like Magnoli's!

    Somehow I feel like you're comfortable with things currently, but it's definitely a testament to the quality, time taken, effort, and love that you put into your work.

    FInally in closing, I'm very excited to see what will "be worth the wait", and equally as excited to see what you get up to and what you manage to one-up yourself doing next year.

    Hope you have a great Christmas!