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 …