Hello all I have been working on a project that I call the “puzzle” jacket, maybe you have seen snippets of it during the construction process. Today I finished it and will reveal the outcome of this project.
It started out like any other project with an idea inspired by a video I saw posted by Shingo Sato on youtube. The sleeve design intrigued me so I decided I should try it to challenge myself, then the puzzle jacket project took on a life of its own and like most puzzles you don’t see the whole picture until it’s done. It morphed into something with a much deeper meaning representative of the current reality we are living.
The sleeves and bodice are much like puzzle pieces, hence the name, with a squiggly seam rather than a regular armhole seam holding together two separate pieces in a straight line with a bit of ease for the sleeve to hang better. This is representative of the chaos the world is now in*, no longer is it straightforward and “normal” it is unpredictable and complicated. The seam can also represent the ups and downs of the financial markets, borders becoming hard (piping) no longer allowing the flow of people
Pan to the front without revealing the whole thing focus on Pockets
We have pockets normally straight across are on an angle, design feature? Possibly, but it can also represent the upheaval in our lives that is our current reality. Normally to contrast the pocket there would be a welt to cover and highlight the seam representing our daily lives as they were. Now that our lives have been upended all those things that seemed important or imperative have suddenly disappeared into the background and become almost insignificant if you will…
Moving on to the centre front which is where the buttons are located for both esthetic and practical reasons, to fight against the cold and keep us warm for one, usually the buttons are all the same, the opening is straight, not in this one
Neckline and buttons
The neckline is society in general going on about their daily business/life, that is until this pandemic hit and suddenly we are in isolation, this is us together, but separate.
All the buttons are isolated from one another much like we are in today’s reality, they are all different colours, sizes, sewn on with different colour threads but doing the same job; keeping the jacket closed. The different buttons are representative and celebrating our differences as a people, we are all in the same boat folks.
If one of them is not buttoned the jacket will not be closed properly and you will be cold, think of covid-19 as the cold getting in from the unclosed button. If even one of them breaks the link the whole body will be cold, do you want to be the one button that is not closed? I don’t. that’s why I’m adhering to the advice of experts saying to stay home
Once the isolation period is declared over the road back to “normalcy” as we know it, will be long one filled with bumps along the way, everyone will face their own challenges, hence the jagged hemline, uneven, imperfect filled with unexpected twists and turns until finally one day we will turn the corner, put covid-19 behind us so the ebb and flow of our lives will settle back down to a straight line and be uneventful.
My hope is that all of us remember what the pockets on this jacket represent, not the insignificant but what is truly important family, friendship, love, respect, faith and going forward we will all celebrate our differences.
I hope you enjoyed this video it was fun making this jacket and especially finding what it was trying to tell me! It has been one of the more creative projects I have done thus far, I only hope this pandemic will be over sooner rather than later… really miss hugging my grandkids love them to pieces.
Maria Calautti, "Jack of all trades"