February 27, 2014

Signature Style: Modern Burda Style Meets 1960's Paco Rabanne

All month long I have been tearing up my sewing space searching for pantspiration, you see I was on a quest to participate and construct pants for the current challenge over at The Monthly Stitch. No Luck; I have only one pant pattern and fabric match in my to be sewn stash. I'll have you know my to be sewn stash is housed in two 20-gallon tubs. READ: The girl is constantly sewing something. 
In the end I was not currently inspired by the trousers. I've made pants; successful pants and unsuccessful pants. I wear pants from time to time, personal zeitgeist is preferential to dresses. But when I do throw on pants I also tend to wear a jacket preferably one I have made. So this got me thinking about personal style and the current challenge over at Project Sewn (Oh my land! How much fun has Project Sewn been!!!). I have to say I do have my own Signature Style that dares to walk on the unconventional. I live for variety. Each and every day I look forward to dressing up, my daily look rides the tide of my mood and is always as fickle as Midwest weather. I am a bit modern and a little bit vintage, the clothes that adorn my body are as much for fun as they are for utilitarian purposes. These thoughts led me to this jacket. (And if you are so inclined to vote for me I'm #54...here)
The moment I flipped to the pattern for the Illusion Jacket in the first US edition of Burda Style and I was struck smitten. My heart was a flutter for the crazy fun sleeves.
The jacket length and lines reminded me of mid-century dress coats, as you know I love my nods to the 60's. And as an added Melody bonus I was going to be able to use my beloved ponte knit on the garment. Needless to say I was sold so I set off  to find a proper fabric I knew only Mood would deliver on this one.
And did it ever deliver. When I found this heavy weight laminated wool in metallic silver visions of 1960's Paco Rabanne danced in my head. 
Because glitter sealed wool is never enough I lined my jacket in a spark of raspberry and when I wear the garment open the luscious color pops out and I actually smile. 

I styled it over leggings and a tee for the next wear I will dress it up over a simple sleeveless back sheath. 
Details: 
 Sliver snaps are the closure.
For the ponte knit under-sleeve I altered the pattern by cutting the cuff on a crosswise fold. In construction this encased the seam allowances creating a clean knit sleeve whose weight rivaled the outer  laminated wool.
I chose to line upper-sleeve in black satin, this created contrast, made a clean finish and also controlled the bulk at the sleeve join.
Inner garment views: Back and Front

24 comments:

  1. Laminated and waxed wool??? oh wow, I might have to buy some because it looks and sounds so awesome. This is definitely a signature style outfit!

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    1. Buy it, you will not be sorry it leaves a bit of sparkle behind but it is so much fun! Thank you.

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  2. Yes! Yes! Yes! This is awesome! I want to make this pattern up but felt like I'd not get wear out of it this season... I love seeing your version all sewn up so lovely!

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    1. Thank you Kathy. It was a fun pattern to sew up, but as a true jacket it is a transitional season piece.

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  3. Fabulous! I have years of Burda World of Fashion and Burda Style in my sewing room and this jacket is there somewhere, I do remember it. The metallic wool and bright lining are a wonderful combo. I love bright or printed linings too. All in all a terrific jacket.

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    1. Thank you kindly Nancy. I am stating to take to the Burda Magazine patterns there may be more on my radar.

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  4. I remember this pattern from Burda's magazine as well. Your jacket is beautiful, and suits you!

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  5. OMG!!! Love, love, love!!! You look fabulous!

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  6. Wow, this looks so cool and futuristic!

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  7. This jacket was to be my February project of the month! I have always been surprised that there are only a couple versions on the Internet. It's an amazing style and you rocked it! Love the fabric and lining.

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    1. Nakisha are you still making it? It was fun and I would love to see your version! Thank you.

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    2. Well, like a good sewist, seeing yours reignited my interest. I traced it off today!

      I was going to ask what size you sewed and will the sleeve bruhaha make sense when I'm sewing it. Because reading it is making me crazy!

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    3. Nakisha, hello! I made the size 14 (40) but the jacket is designer over-sized so I could have went down a size. The sleeves are not that bad, I did not read the Burda instructions I can only imagine the verbiage is messy. It is merely a long sleeve with a short sleeve on top and then eased on to the jacket body. Best of luck can't wit to see it.

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    4. Thanks for the quick reply. I did flat pattern measurements and thought I had messed up or something.

      I am plenty excited. Of course the blog will be posted to as SOOON as it's done :)

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  8. Amazing, I love this and you look wonderful. Great job.

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  11. This is truly beautiful, I love your chosen fabric. I've had this pattern in my favourites since it was released, but I just wasn't sure about the sleeves - seeing your coat has inspired me to definitely put that on my to do this this winter.

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  12. I love the contrast of the lining. The jacket and styling is great.

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Happy sewing!
Melody

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