Thursday, October 18, 2012

Finished project: Paisley Jacket

When I entered Mood few weeks ago I knew I wanted to make a tailored skirt. Quick look in tweeds and suitings, and I found a perfect match for the style. But so it happens that I can never just buy fabric without exploring the store, in the quest for those one-of-a-kind designer pieces you probably won't find anywhere else. I really hoped this time there was nothing that would distruct me from that perfect skirt I conceived in my mind...

When one of the Mood employees asked me whether he could help me with anything, I mumbled 'Er, paisley?' Why did I say paisley? I have no idea. Maybe it was Fall 2012 collection by Etro that I loved? Or the earlier Etro collections?
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..."We have something," I was told. "Possibly, Etro." Here - my skirt dreams, fading away, rapidly. Fifteen minutes later and I was walking out of Mood as a proud owner of three yards of this gorgeous fabric.

I was not sure what I was going to make with it. It is a medium to heavy weight and is perfectly suitable for jackets or coats. The large-scale pattern itself is quite prominent, so it was important to keep the style as simple as possible, with minimum design elements. At the end I decided to make a simple cropped jacket with a three-quarters sleeve.


I am quite happy with the outcome. Matching and tailoring took longer than expected, but at the end I had my perfect wardrobe staple that I could wear with my favorite black pants or jeans.

By the way, couple of days ago I passed by Mood again and saw the bolt with my paisley fabric. I thought it would actually make a great winter stole, lined with silk, or contrasting wool...

This project was made using my Mood Sewing Network allowance. The fabric was purchased at the NYC store. 

23 comments:

  1. Perfect jacket, in perfect fabric and perfect matching of the paisley too! I think it will be pretty as a stole also! I have a pashmina shawl once that is not too different looking as your fabric except maybe its bright red. Wonder where it went...

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  2. Beautiful jacket, I love your fabric pattern placement.

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  3. The pattern matching is masterful. Well done

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  4. Perfect pattern matching - great job!

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  5. Beautiful jacket - love the simple design with that fabric, and the welt pocket is so well matched with the paisley pattern! I agree on the winter stole idea...

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  6. Beautiful jacket - love the simple design with that fabric, and the welt pocket is so well matched with the paisley pattern! I agree on the winter stole idea...

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  7. great little jacket , impressive pattern matching. What pattern did you use or was it self drafted.

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  8. Love it! Very stylish indeed. You chose the perfect buttons, too!

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  9. Very, very pretty. Well done. Wear it in good health!

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  10. Oh. My. Gracious. You are a pattern matching wizard. That pocket blends in beautifully with this stunning print! I'm so glad you made a jacket - I think it is such a fabulous wardrobe piece - the simple cut and style shows off the print so well.

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  11. Amazing jacket!!! Love the paisley and the jacket's simple design, but still so elegant.

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  12. Beautiful! Am in love with your fabric and think the simple lines of the jacket are a perfect canvas.

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  13. This jacket is gorgeous. I was inspired by your first post on this fabric to order some for myself. Now that I see your perfect matching I have a model of gorgeousness to aspire to.

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  14. This is just lovely and I adore big paisleys too.

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  16. forgot to tell you how much i love this. i am also obsessed with your possible-etro wool paisley.

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  17. Paisley Jacket its so beautiful, Its really different jacket so nice and fashionable also... We like the color combination and so decent design in this jacket... keep shearing..

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  18. Wow, I really like your jacket!! And it suits you very well!

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