The jacket marches on! After a bit of consultation with my mother over Thanksgiving, I'm back home and back to work. I'm still unsure about a few steps in the pattern (Burda
7880 "Historic Dress 1888"), but overall things are shaping up nicely. It needs all sorts of ironing to get some of the poof and wiggle out of it, but here's the progress:
Beyond the jacket, I'm revisiting shoes after my brother requested a pair for Christmas/his birthday. I painted a pair in 2005 that I loved, but deteriorated quickly due to my poor choice of materials.
After that, in 2007, I tried another pair with fabric paints and a random black marker I had on hand. Even though the fabric paint was hard to work with, it kept it's colors nicely. The marker, however, ended up smudging all over the place (no suprise there) and I'm only now getting back to them to try and salvage what I have. I'm starting by painting all the white space with white acrylic paint to try to make the shoes look cleaner. As you can see, there's an obvious difference between the wite paint and the "white" canvas.
These aren't the shoes for my brother, but rather an attempt to fix an old pair and try some better materials before I start on his. Hopefully I'll get these done soon!