The Lemon Jacket

Hi!

I owe this post since September, actually, but I was hoping to get better photos. I didn`t manage this since of course the days got shorter and shorter and there is the same old problem with daylight in winter. Being really fed up with this, I just ordered a photo booth set and it should be here by Christmas! We will see if this will be of any help, but since it includes softboxes and bulbs and a set up for the background, I am thinking it must make at least some difference.

Anyway, I finished the jacket a few days before its first outing which was for a special occasion at work. More than ten ambassadors from different countries residing in Estonia accompanied by the people from the State Protocol came to my workplace for a visit and I was one of the hosts. So I wanted something comfortable, yet bright and eye catching to wear. This was my outfit for the day:

The pattern of the jacket is Style Arc Janet and the fabric is cotton bucle from Chanel that I bought from a small local store that brings fabrics straight from Italy. The prices are sometimes really painful, but I have never been disappointed in the fabrics. They also have an online shop but I don´t know whether they would ship internationally: Kangalavka

Funny fact – I got this perfectly matching stretch lining from the same shop about a year earlier, having another project in mind, but how lucky that I never got to that project:

And once again my favorite detai – the piping!

Since the boucle is actually very lightweight and does not hold shape, I interfaced all the pieces apart from the sleeves (maybe I should have done that too because the sleeves crease at the elbows) and I also added even sturdier interfacing for the hem and sleeve hems. The interfacing helps to achieve the crisp look of the front. Also, for the first time I used shoulder pads for a jacket. I bought several options online and thankfully one of the pairs was a good fit – not too bulky and hard and they leave a natural looking shoulder. As for pattern modifications, there were none necessary (do you see why Style Arc is an absolute winner for me?), but I omitted the front closures because I knew that I would never wear it closed anyway.

And since I am a person who likes to match colours, I just had to get the exact shade of shoes to finish off the outfit. Again, funny fact, made in Italy!

My pants are Jalie Vanessa, one of the three four pairs I have made. While writing this, I remembered the fourth pair that I also made in September but that have not made it to the blog either… One day hopefully I will be able to show these too!

Until then, happy sewing!

6 responses to “The Lemon Jacket”

  1. I am glad you got this one posted-such a beautiful jacket. Style Arc has so many manly patterns sometimes I just miss some of them and am always happy when I see one made up. I haven’t made a jacket in ages but when I do, I’m going to add the piping-love that detail and see it in my vintage jackets. The fact that you got to use Chanel fabric is amazing-something some of us only dream of! Happy Sewing, Terri

    1. Thank you so much! There is a really good local store here that offers such fabrics… it is sometimes painful for the wallet but then again so much cheaper than buying a Chanel jacket 😀

  2. what a great outfit, jacket is beautiful and the shoes are perfect!

    1. Thank you! Yes the shoes were a lucky find!

  3. Impeccable. Sometimes the best things really are the ones with the right basic lines, well fitted and well finished. This lemon boucle with the grayish plaid trousers and matching yellow loafers fits perfectly and makes you look chic X 100. Thank you for sharing it!

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