Saturday, January 10, 2009

BWOF 9-2008-104 - Black military jacket

Here's my new jacket from September's BWOF issue. I actually finished it last Sunday evening, but it was too dark to take pictures. Maybe I should call this my space cadet jacket, because that's what it reminds me of. I loved the design the moment my eyes fell on it. Those bodice tabs start on the side back and button onto the front. The sleeves have tabs as well.

The top of the front and back are connected by a shoulder piece and the back has a really cute peplum.

This turned out wanting to fly up because of the thick/lightweight fabric. I solved that problem by sewing in 12 pennies to the inside bottom. This picture was taken before the lining was attached.

Here's a better view of the side tabs. Were I to change anything about this jacket, I would make it a little more fitted through the waist and a few inches longer.

Now I'll show you some close-ups. This material had to be treated like a plaid, whereas the horizontal and vertical lines had to be matched wherever possible. This was not easy and really slowed me down. But I'm really happy with the end result. Here at the front the tabs were matched where they buttoned.

This is the front shoulder seam. I'm super proud of the continuous fabric lines across this angled seam. It took a lot of sewing, ripping out a few stitches, sewing a bit more... Like I said, a huge pain but worth it in the end.

I picked center back for the vertical alignment of the collar lines:

It was a small miracle when I sewed the collar in the front and found that those matched as well:

This is a picture of the closures used. These giant snaps were part of the design. Aren't they cool? I would have never picked these out to use for a garment on my own.

This jacket has a full lining complete with center back vent for ease of movement.

The majority of this jacket came from this design, but I omitted the knitted cuffs for long sleeves of jacket 105, and used the collar from 105 as well. This picture is design 104.

And the line drawing.
That's it for today. I've got more to show you in a day or two.

35 comments:

  1. What a great jacket! I think the giant snaps are a very cool design detail!

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  2. Very nice! That's the perfect fabric too. Looks like you figured out the shoulder issue.

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  3. The matching on this is spectacular. Cute jacket.

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  4. The jacket is great!!! I think the length looks very good on you. You did a great job!

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  5. You did a great job matching at the seamlines. It is a great looking jacket.

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  6. I need to wipe the drool off my chin! This is phenomenal!!

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  7. That's a great jacket! I love the penny idea. I've liked that pattern since the magazine came out too. I also like the yellow cropped version with the big funky buttons in the magazine.

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  8. Your new jacket is so cool and it looks great on you too!

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  9. Cool jacket! Great job on matching the check pattern too. I'm not sure I would have had the patience. :)

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  10. absolutely stunning jacket!!! I love it!

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  11. Fantastic work Amanda, it looks incredibly well made. I love your penny solution!

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  12. Ditto .. great jacket, it looks marvelous. I like your changes much better than the original design.

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  13. Very nice jacket and fits you good...

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  14. You did a fantastic job on the jacket and like the penny technique.

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  15. Love the jacket--particularly the back gathering!

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  16. Perfect! You did such a fine job.

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  17. This is impeccable! Wonderful job - I'm so impressed.

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  18. What a striking jacket. I am so glad that you did not have to take out and replace your sleeves in order to get a good fit.

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  19. Great jacket - and I love the fabric!!!

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  20. You have done a great job on that jacket - it was all worth it!

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  21. What a great jacket! Thanks for showing all of the details that make the jacket so special...and all of your hard work definitely shows in the finished garment!

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  22. Sensational work - the matching of the checks, the fit, everything. How did you end up fixing the sleeves? Or did you decide to live with them? They look perfect in this post.

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  23. Amazing jacket and the detail photos are just perfect.

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  24. Great construction - it looks amazing on you!

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  25. Wonderful jacket, this special fabric really makes it stand out. Great result with all those special details.

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  26. This is just fabulous! All that matching would've driven me insane!

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  27. What a great job. That is absolutely fabulous!

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  28. Amanda! That is a fantastic jacket! I almost bought the same fabric at Joann's last week...ridiculously on sale.
    You are my sewing inspiration!

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  29. You did a FANTASTIC job with this jacket! I love everything about it and it looks PERFECT on you!

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  30. Great looking jacket. I love all the details. Great job!

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  31. i love your stuff. Would like to contact you regarding some work that i would love if you could do for me.
    thanks

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  32. Hi Klaudio,
    Thanks! I actually don't take on any outside projects for pay. Sorry! My advice is to visit your local fabric store and see if they have any business cards on hand. I hope you check back here because I don't have your email address and couldn't contact you personally.
    Amanda

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  33. I would need somebody who can make jacket based on very simple drawing. The jacket if satisfying will be used as a model for larger production. If you are still interested my email is kanidjaklaudio@yahoo.com.

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  34. amanda you really do have talent.
    VA Loan

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