Thursday, September 20, 2007

Second piece of my capsule wardrobe

The jacket that I talked so much about...






The jacket lying flat



The sleeve without cap ease... It looks pretty good and rounded to me and I can tell you it feels perfectly comfortable. I have plenty of moving room.



I've added some polkadotted binding...



As I already said in this post, I used techniques described in Marcy Tilton in her "Inside an Armani jacket" article (the link is in the post mentioned above). Below is a picture of the floating chest piece (attached to the roll line with a bias strip, catchstitched). I cut my own sleeve head, copying the sleeve pattern between the two notches. The sleeve head is made out of polar fleece (very good for that) and is about 2 inches wide.



For bagging the lining, I've used this tutorial on Kathleen Fasanella's site and obtained a perfect, clean finish without any handstitching. This method is great and I'll keep using it.



Also, for the sleeves, I used Bagging tutorial #1 and Bagging tutorial #2 also by Kathleen Fasanella. Very useful, the sleeve hem folds by itself and is cushioned, the tip about tacking is great. I'm not sure what wigan is, but I've used this canvas (also used for the floating chest piece), cut on the bias:



I also did my best to match the check on the houndstooth at the seams and at the sleeve (having no cap ease helps). It was very difficult, because this houndstooth (from TimmelFabrics, as my SWAP second prize) is a mix of silk and flax and it distorts very easily.





More about this jacket in my PR review.

The shoes are new... A (bit of an) early present for my birthday, from my husband.
Have I ever told you that I love shoes beyond sanity? :)

26 comments:

Sigrid said...

Laura, this is a fabulous jacket, with perfect fit. Love all your detailed work and will follow your links for the lining, as I'm starting with a coat right now.

Jen said...

FAB U LOUS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! You rock and thanks for the links and tips!!!

Erica B. said...

That jacket is great, looks fantastic on you!

Summerset said...

That is a fabulous houndstooth jacket! The shoes are perfect, too!

Carolyn (cmarie12) said...

Laura ~ the jacket is fabulous! Black & white herringbone must be in the air!!!! I loved that piece on Julie's site but already had the Fabric mart piece. Thanks for sharing the links to all of the tutorials!

Katrin said...

What a great jackt with so wonderful details. And the shoes are beautiful, too.

Regards,
Katrin

LauraLo said...

Thank you so much ladies!
It was lots of work but definitely worth it, I really love this jacket!

christina said...

Laura, I am seriously in awe of your skills! What a fab jacket. And the perfect shoes to coordinate :)

Bonnie D. said...

STUNNING! The workmanship is fantastic and the jacket fits you like a glove.

I adore the shoes, too!

loopylulu said...

Wow, I'm speechless. That looks so good and fits you so well. You really do great work. Thanks for all the links too.

Tany said...

Perfect!! Gorgeous fabric, perfect fit, great construction techniques, well finished, what more can a girl ask for? I know: the perfect pair of shoes! Well done, Laura!!!

julia said...

Talk about your jacket, you should! It's beautiful. Thanks for all the details and resources. What an inspiration.

Shannon said...

What a great new addition to your wardrobe!! You look great!

Vicki said...

Oh my God, that jacket is stunning!

I think the passion for shoes goes very nicely with the passion to sew!

Absolutely beautiful.

Alana said...

You look fabulous! And the workmanship on your jacket is impressive.

Cherie said...

Fabulous is a word seen by the dozens here describing your jacket. A truly couture piece, by your very own hands! Black and white is in the air, I love it again. And exquisite shoes to showcase the piece. I am in awe. Loved the tutorial links, I need them in my newly revitalized sewing habit!

Nancy W. said...

I love, love those shoes. And OK, your jacket is great to :-)

LauraLo said...

Wow, it feels soooo good to receive such nice comments! Thank you, thank you, thank you!
I'm really glad you like the jacket and hope the links will prove useful. They were definitely useful for me!

Pamela Erny said...

Laura,

Outstanding garment!

Isn't the "zero sleeve cap ease" concept a liberating experience? {smile} Many years ago during my Tailor's Apprenticeship, my mentor was horrified one day to discover me adding ease to a suit jacket sleeve-cap! After several minutes of him berating me in 1/2 English 1/2 Italian, I never made that mistake again!

So glad you are in my ~Creative Fashion Sewing~ WebRing!

Pam from ~Off The Cuff Style~

LauraLo said...

Hi, Pam and welcome to my blog (I'm very happy to be in your webring!)
It is a liberating experience indeed, after so many years of perfecting my easing the cap (which was always a pain...) it's great to discover that if the pattern is right, you don't need that cap ease!
Wish I found this out earlier...

jemima bean said...

Beautiful!!

and...HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!

Esta said...

Wow nice jacket well donw. You are also very beutiful and the shoes are gorg. I see we have a shoe fetish in common LOL...Looking forward to more stuff on your blog!
Esta in Australia

Esta said...

sorry for my terrible spelling in my previous comment - I must proof read more regularly!

LauraLo said...

Thanks Jemima Bean, thank you, Esta!

LMH said...

I'm a bit late on this, but this is a marvelous, wonderful, handsome jacket. The sleeves look incredible. All the info on Kathleen's site is priceless, isn't it? I've learned so much from her.

paco peralta said...

LAURA.-
You really was this fantastic jacket, and the piping is like the Dior jacket, which coincidence!. Moreover is great with the cloth "chicken foot." Congratulations. A hug and greetings Laura. Paco.