Free speech jacket


Man’s black wool suit jacket slashed and then woven with t-shirt yarn has decorative back patch that reads “I will not be censored.”

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“I will not be censored,” is all that is left to read from the heavily redacted text that started this all.  A classic power suit jacket came my way because it was damaged and somehow it seemed a fitting foundation for the redacted patch.

First the jacket was slashed and ragged strips of t-shirt yarn were used to weave the censorship patch onto the jacket’s back.  That weaving deliberately distorted the back and sleeves, highlighting the padded shoulders, and pulling in the waist for a peplum-like effect.

Next, the sleeves were also slashed near their cuffs and more red and blue t-shirt yarn was woven in the slashes.  The yarn continues around the do-nothing buttons on the sleeve cuffs.

Finally, I added (overly pretentious) black braid starting at the lapels, and running around the bottom edge of the jacket.

The whole process was very rough and the colours are primal (black, white, red, and blue).  The power jacket was attacked, caricatured, altered, and actually diminished in size.  It’s not my usual mood.  I tend to focus more on building up than tearing apart, but it still feels appropriate, given the subject matter.

The original jacket is 100% virgin wool, made by “Laurier’s fashion for men / Bonnyville Alberta.”  The t-shirt parts are cotton, and the black braid and jacket lining are unidentified synthetics.

Garment measurements are below.  Please note that garment measurements should be slightly larger than your body measurements to allow for ease (ie wiggle-room when wearing it).  This is especially true for items that are to be worn over other garments.

Bust:  99 cm (39″); stretches to 114 cm (45″)

Waist:  91 cm (35.5″); stretches to 96 cm (38″)

Hips:  118 cm (46″)

Circumference at hem:  122 cm (48″)

Sleeve length shoulder to cuff:  67 cm (26.5″)

Shoulder to shoulder across the back, following the neckline:  50 cm (19.5″)

Center back from neck to hem excluding collar:  83 cm (32.5″)