Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Jacket thoughts

photo from Neimen Marcus
There is a discussion on Artisan's Square regarding this Armani jacket with a flounce.
Mardel shows it at great length in her flickr photos. It looks gorgeous and feminine without being too much. I am not really a ruffle person, but I like this jacket.
With the Armani jacket in mind, I recently purchased this pattern.
Erica Bunker has made (twice, I think) and loves it. I think you must to make it twice.
I have a few aspects to consider before I get to it.

I have a teal wool knit and a heavy silk charmeuse that is not too shiny and matches it perfectly so I was thinking of fulling the knit to use for the body and possibly the silk for the flounce. I had initially thought of using the knit for both, but am not sure how I would finish the edge of the flounce. I would use a single layer for it and don't mind that the reverse shows. I could then bind the edge in the silk or serge it in matchign sewing thread or work a blanket stitch on it.

Anyone have any thoughts?

The Armani example has a shawl collar under the flounce that gves it a bit of body and I like that.
In the Vogue pattern the flounce becomes a band around the back without any fullness. I like that, since I have fullness of my own there that I don't want to emphasize. If I do the flounce in silk, would I continue the silk around to the back band also, maintaining the flow of the design and crealing a horizontal band across my bum, or use the wool and possible diminish the interity of the design?


I guess I have lots to think about as I finish up my last few orders.

7 comments:

Vicki said...

That is a really cute jacket. And Erica's don't look too ruffly.

Anonymous said...

Mary Pat,

I think the teal jacket with silk charmeuse will be absolutely on you. Go for it!

Karendee

Anonymous said...

I meant absolutely beautiful on you. I messed up.

Karen

MaryPat R said...

Thanks Vicki and Karen.I have felted the wool now and was going to do a mock up today.

Anonymous said...

I was just catching up on your blog (love the aprons) and wondered what you had decided about your jacket. I just think the teal color with the ruffle (either in silk or fulled wool) would look so good in framing your face and hair. I think you must complete this. (Aren't I forceful?)

Karen

MaryPat R said...

HI Karen,
I have the jacket started, but it is at a point where it needs a LOT of handstitching. I haven't had time yet, but plan to wear it for Christmas. I need a deadline or NOTHING would get done around here!
MP

Anonymous said...

Well, the jacket will be beautiful for Christmas. And I think the youthful style will appeal to your DH.( Actually, it's not youthful, it's just flouncy and not matronly.) IMO. Remember how much he liked the dress for one of your swaps/sew alongs? That dress had a more youthful look, too.

Karen