The Windmill Street Diary: Vol Nº1 "The Jacket"

July 02 2012, 1 Comment
Windmill Street Diary Over the last six months we have been beavering away in our studio on Windmill Street, Central London, crafting the first Harry Stedman collection. It’s been a truly fascinating process; researching & designing garments, drawing patterns, gathering cloth samples, developing relationships with a myriad of suppliers and manufacturers, all the while notching ever closer to defining the signature Stedman aesthetic. We have grappled with tweeds, wrestled with cottons, argued over buttons, pulled our hair out over linings and gone up and down with zippers. In fact, the process is so involved (and endless) that we thought we should share it with you. We therefore present the first installment of our “Windmill Street Diary”.... Windmill Street has been hive of activity this week as the team worked on our first test run of the Harry Stedman blouson-style drizzler jackets. Members of the core team, with the addition of talented machinist Manami, have cut, assembled and trimmed jackets by hand in the studio. The jacket cloth is a rather groovy, showerproof coated cotton called Superdry. We've produced the jackets in two colours, which have been dubbed Penn Blue and Dartmouth Green. Both are fully lined with a combination of light grey quilted jersey in the body and cotton silesia in the sleeve, also in light grey. The picture above shows Becky and Amy working on slight adjustments to the pattern before cutting out the cloth. The jacket has some of the features of a classic blouson-style jacket but with unusual welt front pockets, chest and back seams, side tab adjusters, and a stand collar with button tab. The picture below shows the back of a completed jacket (the Penn blues were made first), while the Dartmouth green fabric is laid out for cutting on the table. In the foreground of the picture below, an assembled jacket is arranged over one of our sample Harry Stedman shirts, (our classic light green oxford cotton button down). In the background, Manami is hunched over her Siruba L818D working on another. Once we have given the jacket a thorough review and are happy with all the details we will give our manufacturer the go ahead to work on our first factory production run. In the meantime we will photograph the jackets and upload the pics to the website - where all will be revealed! Of course, the key to the efficiency of the whole process is supervision, provided here by Colin....