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Made By A Fabricista: Letting the Fabric Speak




Browsing the site (as I do most days!), I came across THIS beautiful Maggy London cotton jacquard with an interesting border and just had to have it. Initially I was thinking  drawstring-waisted casual pants, but Julie let me know that the hand was a  bit stiffer and better suited to a more structured garment.


Look at that texture and vibrant color!


I decided to go with a simple, boxy jacket and let the fabric do the talkin'.  I went with this unlined jacket from the 2/2015 issue of Burda magazine.


It is a very simple jacket as it doesn't even have facings. They recommend fabric with 2 good sides (be it the same or contrasting) for this reason. 

Now, this is Burda so we aren't going to talk about construction. Sigh. It took quite awhile for me to figure out the vent on the back. If you make this beware that there are different cutting lines for the left back and right back due to the vent. (Don't ask)



Next, I have absolutely no idea how I was supposed to sew the collar. I tried a few different times and decided I didn't like it as much with both lapels and collar showing the wrong side so I went with a bias tape finish.

I cut my fabric on the bias to account for seam allowances and a 1/2" finished width. I sewed it as one would exposed bias tape - meaning I sewed the tape to the WRONG side of the fabric and then pressed the other folded edge in place over the stitching. I then topstitched the bias tape from the right side. I like it!


Front was turned in 1/4" and then another 1/2" and topstitched. This fabric takes a press so nicely!! I used a press cloth when pressing the black part so I wouldn't cause a shine. 


As it's still very much winter in the tundra, I had to settle for so-so photos. 


No one in my family liked the finished jacket -- good thing they don't have to wear it! :) I love, love, love the fabric and it really stands out. 

Comments

  1. I love everything about your new jacket!!!! It looks just lovely combined with the yellow top & your pants. And did you also make your pants? If so, please share the pattern info. The pants look great.

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    1. Thank you so much!!

      My pants are Vogue 9032. I am getting ready to cut my 8th pair from this pattern!!! :)

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  2. That is absolutely a beautiful fabric! The jacket came out really great and suits you well.

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  3. Great looking jacket. I purchased the same fabric and had found a picture of the Nanette Lapore jacket made in a similar print fabric. It was short and boxy and the border was used at the bottom of the jacket. Just like yours!

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  4. I think it's beautiful! Great job featuring that fabric.

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    1. WOW! That is a beautiful outfit...beautiful fabric.
      You are so creative and blessed to be able to do this kind of work.
      Green with Envy!
      Christine S.

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  5. I love that fabric too and think you were very clever to make a jacket from it. Looks great!

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  6. First: Do Not Listen To Your Family! lol
    This jacket is gorgeous.You took a beautiful fabric and showcased it well. The gradation of the fabric makes it flattering, too.

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  7. This is a gorgeous jacket that really allows the fabric to shine!

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  8. That jacket and fabric is beautiful and as I get older I want to wear more purple. I just ordered some of that fabric. I hope to get a jacket/tunic? and pants. We'll see how I can stretch it.

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  9. I also got this fabric. Thanks for showing your lovely jacket. I wasn't sure what I was going to do with my fabric.

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  10. Love your jacket! Fabric is very pretty! Perfect for the jacket!

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