Another stitch by stitch here. This is the jacket that I made for my textiles A2 course. We really had the freedom to do anything we wanted, but we all opted for jacket (following a kind of tradition for A2) Other people on my class took a more classical approach, looking at riding jackets, jackets with fur, and country style blazers. Me on the other hand, well I decided to do a 'couture inspired' jacket. That basically meant I was going to try to make it as unique as I could (price and time restricting!) I looked at the work of John Galliano at Dior (no surprise there), and I loved the structured peplum style jackets that he had designed. I also kind of fell in love with fashion from the 1800's, particularly the later of the century. I loved some of the afternoon jackets, that were quite long in the body, fitted and had interesting beading and embroidery to enhance their dramatic shaping. So from the research I began to design (one of my favourite parts!) I have a tendency when I design to put down all of my ideas at once, into one garment, and I then have to pull them back in so its not too overwhelming on the eye.
Once I had my design sorted, and toile made next was fabric. I hunted around where I live to see if I could find any interesting wool fabrics and came up empty handed, so when in London to get the fabric for my prom dress I also got the wool fabric for the jacket, in the Berwick Street Cloth Shop. I loved this shop so much, piles of fabric everywhere, and the people serving were very helpful. My eye was drawn to a wool with a slightly brown warp, and green weft. It was so pretty that thought instantly THAT'S THE ONE! I got the darker green/brown fabric for the panels, cuffs and covered buttons.
So then I made it (sounds so easy in 4 words!) Not easy at all. My jacket was the hardest to construct out of the four in my class, and it involved some sewing when it didn't even look like a jacket! But it came out looking fine.
We always have to evaluate the project and the garment we have created, and overall I love what I made, but if I were to change it I would change the collar. It caused some problems, because I wasn't sure how big I wanted it. If I were to do it again I might make it slightly more geometric at the front, and a bit smaller.
Anyhow, if you are still with me after that long build up..Here it is....
|Next doors cat photo bombed!|
|Back view, you can kind of see the embroidery along the edge of the contrast panel (also on the cuff edge)|
|Big poofy sleeve, pulled in at the cuff, with a row of buttons and rouleau loops.|
Hope you enjoyed :)
xox Niamh xox