Adventures in Dressmaking: Totally inspired by you: Bold stripes on a jacket

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Totally inspired by you: Bold stripes on a jacket

Totally inspired by one of your Sewing Circle questions--I decided to make the jacket from this post!  Remember, back in January?

I looked around and noticed I have been liking bold striped jackets, because--well, stripes.  So here's even more inspiration for you on this project...

Source: jcrew.com via Suzannah on Pinterest




Source: katespade.com via Tracy on Pinterest






Fun, right?!

The tricky part of the Sewing Circle question was finding the pattern, and I didn't have an easy time, either.  I ended up using a vintage pattern from my mom's collection, Simplicity 6876.

It wasn't perfect (very slim 60's sleeves, had to change a few things...) but I was able to make it double-breasted and not put in the front darts, so it has more of the boxy shape of the original--just the side bust darts.

The other tricky part for me was finding the right fabric!!!!  I've never seen such a cool wide stripe at any fabric store I've been to, so I went online.  I found a place called Premier Prints, Inc.--they print their own designs onto 7 oz. cotton canvas, so have basically any cool print you've wished for, in lots of colors.

I wasn't sure what the 7 oz. fabric was like (suitable for clothing? Just home dec? I didn't know!) but Meg at Premier Prints graciously sent me some to try out and show you all.  And I gotta say, it worked just great for this jacket!

Wanna see?

Buttoned all the way up...


Back view, a little shapeless, thanks, 60's pattern...

Top/collar open...

And (cutest, I think...?) unbuttoned.

Proud of myself for branching out and doing a little tailoring-ey work.  I gave it a full lining of a lightweight white, and of course also gave it the facing on the front, which I also cut wider for the double breasting.

The fabric is super fun, although I think the original may have been more coat-like and water resistant?  This one's not, but it's got the fun bold contrast and stripes!

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  1. That is awesome! You've totally inspired me, but since I'm more of a knitter than a sewer right now, mine'll have to be a sweater. Very cool!

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    1. Cool! I saw a cute striped sweater jacket on Pinterest when looking for striped jacket pics, too...

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  2. Actually your sew-along post inspired me to do my own version, too. I used some striped canvas as well. Not as wide as I wanted originally but I love the outcome: http://katarinasellsseashells.blogspot.de/2012/02/ho-ho-ho-and-bottle-of-rum.html

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    1. Oh, that turned out SOOO cute! Love the blue and white!

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  3. It looks great! Very much like the inspiration pics.

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  5. It looks awesome! I have to admit, I'm not a big fan of stripes, but this one really looks great on you!

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  6. Oh I really love this! I love that process of taking an idea form a pinterested inspiration image to reality. Bravo!

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  7. Adorable! You did such a great job! I'm definitely not there yet (making jackets, that is) but maybe one day! Very inspirational.

    Dana

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    1. Thanks! This one was pretty simple--for your first jacket I'd recommend a simple one and follow the instructions at every step!

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  8. That turned out so cute! Looks great on you.

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  9. that turned out great! and im loving the stripes fad also!

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  10. That is gorgeous!!! Isn't it a blessing to be able to sew?

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    1. Yes! Well, part blessing, part something I work at improving every time I make something!

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  11. I love this! I really really love this. It looks very professional and the stripe matching looks great as well. Although I love your blog and look to it for inspiration, I don't always like results. Some things don't look "polished" enough for my liking. But this one, you really won we me over, and as a fellow 'SEAMSTER', I respect your talent. Continue to push yourself because your talent really shines through. Thanks for being an inspiration

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    1. Hm... thank you, I think? I definitely wanted to match the stripes and I'm pretty happy with the result, too! Nice to hear I'm an inspiration. =)

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  12. This looks so good! It's interesting to see you make something that's not a dress, but almost menswear. I agree about it looking cutest unbuttoned. As for the back, maybe two darts to make it more fitted?

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    1. Also would love to see photos of the lining :)

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    2. Sure, I should share some of those... maybe when I do a How to Wear DIY post featuring it!

      Thanks, it is nice to switch it up and not ONLY make dresses! =)

      The pattern was pretty boxy in the back but something could have made it fit better... wider at the hips, maybe, maybe some darts.

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  13. Very cute. I like the buttons you chose! I'd never heard of that website, they have some very cute prints.

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    1. Oh, thanks! I wanted to do tortoiseshell like the original but had the metal ones on hand--and I think they work!

      I know, right, so many cute prints. I could make a lot of pillows/curtains with those...

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  14. super cute jacket... i'm baffled by 7oz cotton as well, it looks like it has a stiff hand from the pics, how sheer is it? does it seem more suitable for only a jacket or maybe a crisp skirt? what about a dress or shirt? inquiring minds want to know :)

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    1. Yeah, I should do some close-ups... it would definitely work well for a skirt or very structured dress, but not for a shirt. I think it's meant for curtains and pillows. Would be a great shower curtain, in one of those fun and unique prints... ooohh, ideas. It's not really sheer at all but the lining was necessary to keep it looking the brightest white.

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  15. nice work! It's a really cute jacket! I really like the styling with camouflage pants and black flats, it's a nice mix of patterns. A colorful tee underneath and some cropped pant would work well...or over a simple shift dress for a little Duchess Kate attitude....but really it looks like it would go with anything. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Great ideas!! Mixing prints does sound fun with it... thanks!

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  16. I love this! I have a black and white striped coat I won in a competition on ASOS and it is the spit of yours! It is a little longer but has the same 60's feel and I love it but don't wear it as much as I should. Good on you for branching into tailoring, I have yet to do this!

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    1. OMG that sounds like fun. Gotta love stripes!

      This was definitely among the easiest "tailoring" projects out there!

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  17. wow! I LOVE this, especially since I have been trying to hunt down a black/white striped blazer/jacket for the longest time! Great job on it! Looks great on you! Did you end up putting any lining inside?

    www.thestylishgeek.com

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    1. Thanks! Yes, I did line it, with a sort of weird/stiff white cotton blend.

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