We all know the most interesting man in the world drinks Dos Equis, but do you know what he wears? It’s a shame smoking jackets are no longer popular and rarely seen on men today. These mid thigh-length velvet & silk robes are bad ass! Just imagine how luxurious & relaxing life would be if men wore smoking jackets during their morning coffee or evening reading by the fire. Perhaps, that’s an unrealistic expectation since we’re accustomed to our fast lives and easy-wash garments. But heck, who knows – maybe they’ll make a come back!
For over a year now, I’ve wanted to make one of these sophisticated throwbacks. I’ve procrastinated because of the high cost of velvet and my lack of a velvet board. But finally after stumbling upon some clearance velvet & a sewing contest, I was finally pushed to make the jacket!
Gomez from Addams Family
I’m entering it into an “Inspired by the Movies” contest. The movie character that inspired my jacket was Gomez from the Addams Family. I almost chose a solid colored velvet to make a jacket inspired by Ebenezer Scrooge, but I decided on Gomez since I had a plaster hand that looked similar to Thing the creepy but helpful character who popped out of boxes throughout the Addams Family home – wish that he could help me with my sewing projects!
I used Folkwear’s smoking jacket pattern. I originally bought lining for the jacket, even though the pattern didn’t call for it. But since I couldn’t afford to spend too much time on this project, I skipped the lining and followed the directions as they were written.
I used the largest size offered by the pattern. I didn’t make any mock-ups to test the fit prior to cutting the velvet. I think the largest jacket fits fine, but if I had tested the fit ahead of time I would’ve made the armholes larger. (I hope my brother doesn’t grow!)
The jacket is made with a dark paisley print velvet and accented with black velvet in the collar, lapels & cuffs and maroon velvet in the underarms and belt.
Here I am posing as Morticia Addams. My design aesthetic is not dark, but I had fun posing for this Addams Family photo!
I also made my black lace overlay dress (two years ago)!
Why do I own a plaster hand? Where did I get the hand? Who’s hand is it?
The hand is a mold of my brother’s hand doing the Ball State “chirp.” The “chirp” is beak and feathers you create with your hands during 3rd down situations at Ball State football games.
This “Chirp” Thing was a gift to my mom from my sister. If you know my mom, you can see how perfect this gift was for her!
And it was perfect for the photo too!
I was reminded of my grade school days making friendship bracelets when I made the belt loops.
Belt Loop Instructions
Would I make this velvet jacket again?
I wish men still wore these jackets, but I don’t necessarily want to be the seamstress making them. Velvet is a pain to sew. It takes a long time to sew because it requires lots and lots of pins and baste so that the velvet doesn’t move.
So I have no desire to make another velvet smoking jacket unless the buyer really wants one and is willing to pay me what its worth – you are forewarned 🙂