Month: February 2016

Equestrian Inspired DIY Jacket

Hi Fashionistas!

My latest creation is a modern equestrian inspired jacket! I picked a very traditional wool/tweed/boucle blend and used the speed tailoring method I learned on Craftsy to come up with this beauty.  I have been learning so many new tailoring techniques and I will be sharing them with you today 🙂 If you want to learn how to make your very own jacket, keep reading!!!

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Let me start by saying that this fabric was an absolute pleasure to work with. It’s a 100% wool, so it sewed up beautifully. And it smelled so sheepy when I gave it heat and steam (Can you tell that I am a fabric nerd). Hehe. I added shoulder pads and some hair canvas in the sleeves to act as a sleeve head. I also top stitched all the way around the collar, lapel and the front of the jacket.

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For the construction of this jacket, I fused all the pieces with a mid weight fusible interfacing. The fabric was more on the loosely woven side. To give the fabric structure and to avoid fraying, a mid weight fusible was a good choice. It also helped to prevent the fabric from stretching while sewing.  The fit on this jacket is fabulous, isn’t it? How did I get such a good fit, you might ask. No I didn’t make a muslin, no I didn’t use my sloper. I lifted the pattern from an existing Victorias Secret jacket. Because I replicated the fit, no need for a muslin!

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To accessorize, I added an orange statement necklace. I love bold and bright colors. It complemented the orange speckles in the fabric so well. And I added this clutch….

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For a more casual look, I paired the same outfit with a crimson silk scarf and riding boots!

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Aren’t these boots adorable?

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Here is a view of the back of the jacket. It turned out really nice. I am a 100% happy with it. I eliminated a button and button-hole because I would never button this up…The only thing this jacket is missing is elbow patches! I plan  on adding some later but I need to find some good leather.. I had some faux leather in my stash but pairing faux leather with real wool would make the sewing gods very angry…

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Pattern: I lifted the pattern from an existing jacket that fit me well. Since this was not drafted from scratch, there was no need for a muslin.

Fabric: 100% wool, wool/tweed/boucle blend from Fabric Mart with yummy orange speckles in it. Reminds me of a Cadburys orange chocolate I used to eat !

Sewing: While constructing jackets is not difficult, there are a lot of steps and a lot of techniques..If you have experience sewing other garments but have never sewn a jacket, here are some of the things you would need to learn: Sewing a notched collar, learning how to attach shoulder pads and sleeve heads (and how to make sleeve heads and shoulder pads unless you decide to buy the ready-made ones). Learning how to set in a sleeve is very important, since there is additional ease on the sleeve cap and it needs to be eased. Lastly, you would need to understand what type of structure to build inside the jacket.  I did not know much about these topics until I took some classes on Craftsy. I took the following two classes to learn how to make coats and jackets and it was an excellent investment!

1. Essential Guide To Tailoring: Shape and Structure:  Click HERE. This class teaches you all about how to build the inner structure of a jacket or coat, which method of tailoring to select based on your fabric and garment. You will learn all about shoulder pads, pad stitching, sleeve headings, hair canvas, interfacing, and even pressing techniques. This class is so fascinating.

2. Essential Guide To Tailoring Construction: Click HERE. This class will teach you all about tailoring techniques. For example, how to set in the perfect sleeve, how to attach a notched collar, pockets and even a little bit about pants!

Both these classes are taught by Alison Smith and she is excellent and very responsive. I think I bugged her with way too many questions!

Well lovelies.. Its time to say goodbye and start work on my next sewing project. What magic are you making in your sewing studios? Is anyone sewing for Easter yet?! Leave me a comment and let me know.. and please connect with me on my facebook page

Until next time my loves! Keep sewing and stay beautiful! XOXO

-Vatsla …

DIY Keyhole Top- Simplicity 1077 Modified

HI Fashionistas!

It’s taken me longer than desired to get back in the swing of things after the holidays and some vacation.Here is a top I made late last year. We had warm weather all the way through Christmas, so I made a nice keyhole top with a ribbed cotton knit I picked up a Joanns Fabrics a while back.

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I used a simplicity dance pattern for a crop top and made a few flat pattern alterations to get this look. I have mentioned all the alterations at the end of the post if you want to achieve this look

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I love this top. It shows off the shoulders and the back. No I don’t work out, but sometimes I like to believe that I do! The keyhole is sexy indeed.. you never know when you need to look good walking away right? 🙂

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To accessorize, I threw on my favorite (faux) snake-skin pumps from Gianni Bini and a brown clutch… and this was a bad hair day… so I added a gold headband and threw my hair up in a bun.

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And last but not least, to stay true to my roots… I always throw in a Bollywood pose for your viewing pleasure 🙂 Haha!

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 Read below about how to make this top… but don’t stop there…How cute would this be as a maxi dress? Can we saw “Rawrrr”… or shall we say “Mee-Yow” 🙂

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PATTERN: I used Simplicity 1077, view B as a base and made the following alterations:

  • Deepen the keyhole on the back by 2 inches to make is more dramatic
  • Lengthened the top back and front by 6 inches
  • drafted a facing for the front and back since I wanted a clean finish as opposed to hemming the keyhole and armholes.
  • Got rid of the waist band

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SEWING : The top was easy to sew. I used my serger. Since I added a front and back facing, I confused myself a bit.. I usually don’t read pattern instructions.. If you are not doing a facing, this is a one hour top. Easy!

FABRIC: A ribbed knit from Joanns fabric. It was $6.99 a yard. Very casual knit but I put a more dressy twist on it

I love this top. It’s just so cute! And versatile… It can be paired with casual jeans and some pumps or a dressy pair of tailored pants and worn to church!

I am getting back in my sewing studio today after a long hiatus.. What have you been sewing?

XOXO-

Vatsla 🙂

 

 

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