Wednesday, March 3, 2010

COPY CAT JACKET



is finished.  I saw this Coach jacket and loved the pocket treatment, lining and the cuffs.  I had to have it and couldn't find it anywhere.  So what's a girl to do? Well, if she sews- she makes it.  I used Simplicity 2810, which I definitely will use again.  The instructions were fairly good and it was well drafted.  I think it ran a little bigger than other Simplicity patterns I have used recently.  I cut a size 10 and tapered to a 12 in the hip area, whereas I usually need a 14.  I purchases all fabrics from Denver Fabrics and was very pleased with my purchase.  Although the jacket will be dry cleaned I hand washed the fabrics prior to construction to pretreat.  The cuffs are detachable so that I can just wash them separately without cleaning the jacket.  I used Petersham to trim the pockets and the jacket cuff.

Regrets, I have a few.  I shortened the jacket by about 1" and I  wish instead I had lengthened it about an inch.  I also shortened the sleeves- I always do and the sleeves are a bit short but thanks to the cuff you really don't notice.  Because the jacket is shorter than the inspiration jacket and since I am only 5'3" I had to forget the upper pockets.  That made me sad- I really like that detail.  I may experiment later with additional pockets but I just don't think there is enough of me to pull it off.   I also wish I had used more traditional tailoring techniques, like taping the the front edge.

Now, it is on to finishing up my Chanel jacket.

5 comments:

Kate said...

It looks great! You are inspiring me to get busy with my fabrics. Here's a blast from my Swiss past. Meant to do (as you)a copy but never got around to it. Still like the jacket so maybe I still will Paste this into your browser and you'll see what I mean. K Q:-)http://hatsbykatrinka.blogspot.com/2006/07/switzerland-swelters-under-heat-wave.html

amber said...

It turned out so lovely! That is a beautiful color on you and will pair well with lots of stuff. :)

gwensews said...

That jacket is fabulous! How clever of you to make detachable cuffs! That would make a great tutorial. Nice sewing!

Kat said...

So nice and stylish!

Ann's Fashion Studio said...

I love jackets and this one looks fantastic. What a clever idea for the cuffs.