Sunday, March 9, 2014

An Ikat-ish Jacket - Vogue 1385


When I went to Puyallup last week, I loved the Sandra Betzina jacket worn Carolyne Cafaro, one of the Vogue executives. The jacket isn't shown on the pattern envelope (it's a blouse pattern), but Sandra made this version as a jacket. She left off the button closure and used a home-dec weight fabric.

So I made one for me!

This fabric is printed to look like an oversized ikat, but it reverses to solid black. It's a crisp fabric, which is perfect to hold the pleating at the neckline and at the bottom of the sleeves.

Given that the jacket has no closures and is unlined, it's a fairly quick sew!

I really love how the collar stands at the neckline. There are 8 tucks sewn around the sides/front of the neckline, but they aren't sewn all the way to the edge. This allows them to "fan out" and fill in the neckline. Lovely.

There are also three tucks sewn into each sleeve.

My only alterations were to add a patch pocket and bust darts. The length of my jacket is exactly the length of the longer view. That reminds me, I also omitted the fisheye darts.

Pocket

I plan to wear this to work tomorrow. I received such a nice unsolicitation at work recently.

I was wearing my asymmetric blue sweater, but I was distracted because my eldest daughter was in the ER that morning. She was alone in a town near her university, and they kept her for awhile running tests. I was walking to the mini-kitchen, staring at my cell phone and willing it to give me an update, when a colleague walking in the same direction said, "I love your outfit! You dress on the outside how I feel on the inside! Where do you shop?"

My daughter is fine, by the way.

I have added to my Puyallup Inspiration post. I have created a list of blog posts (or similar pages) that relate to Puyallup 2014. If you know of any other information that I have missed, please let me know!

I'm linking up to Patti's Visible Monday. Thank you, Patti!

108 comments:

  1. Now, THAT is what made me buy the pattern even though I hated the cover photo. You have done much the best version of this so far.

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  2. I wasn't that taken with that pattern, but I love your version!

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  3. I have avoided this pattern. I didn't like how it looked on the envelop, but I LOVE your jacket. Makes me want to buy it now to make a cute jacket like yours....~Teri

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  4. This is fantastic! I love that fabric and those ruffles at the top are just beautiful.

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    1. Thanks, FSAPT! I am not a ruffle person, in general, but I love this ruffle.

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  5. Gorgeous! You always inspire me.

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  6. I love your version and the neckline is so gorgeous.

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  7. Is there some kind of Ikat challenge going on here? You put your weekend sewing time to good use, Shams. Love this. That neckline is just so feminine and fattering. You still have a neck, girl, flaunt it!

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    1. LOL. I know! Funny how that worked out, though Margy's ikat is the Real McCoy. Thanks!

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  8. Absolutely gorgeous! Pattern, fabric, your interpretation, all of it! It makes the pattern picture blush with embarrassment!

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  9. I love your jacket. I may have to have that pattern after all. Looks great on you.
    Marcia

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  10. Love this pattern as a jacket. Great Job

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  11. I'm so glad DD1 is OK.

    What a great jacket and unsolicitation. She was probably wondering if you shop a SF boutique not found in SV malls.

    I bought the pattern and set aside a cotton stretch twill print for a Spring jacket.

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    1. Yes, DD1 scared me a bit, but she seems to be fine. I look forward to seeing your version, Grace!

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  12. Lovely pattern with those neckline tucks, made a bit tougher by the fabric. Great job once again!

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  13. Beautiful!! A truly successful sewing weekend :)

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  14. This pattern is at the top of my sewing list for spring. Despite the cover photo, those tucks at the neckline "spoke" to me and I bought it at the last Vogue sale. Your version is just what I hope mine will be - chic, fairly simple to sew, unique. As always, your post inspires me.

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    1. Thanks, moushka! That pattern sorta spoke to me when it came out, but not enough to buy it at that time. You had vision!

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  15. I wasn't interested when I saw the pattern envelope but your version has made me sit up and take notice. Great job.

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  16. Oh, this does look good on you! That ruffle/pleated collar is both gorgeous and flattering... love it :) Glad to hear all is well with your daughter, that would have been scary.

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  17. Those colours rock. What great fabric! I like the way you have styled this. The boots and skinnies make a nice contrast to the elaborate collar.

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    1. Thanks, Catherine! I love your styling, so that is a great compliment!

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  18. Cool! I want one. Again, yours is so much better than the envelope picture. You rock it.

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  19. Is adore your jacket. The collar is so pretty.

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  20. That is truly a pretty neckline. I have just shrugged this pattern off, I needed to pay more attention to it. Great job.

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    1. Thanks, Linda! This would be great on you!

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  21. That is a lovely pattern. Your version is fantastic, really shows off the pattern's potential. Glad to hear your dd is OK.

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  22. Once again, your jacket inspires! I have a separate "Shams" queue ! Glad DD is OK. Scarey when we can't physically be there and yet, independence is what we strive to develop in our children.When they develop it, pride can be followed by concern! Crazy.

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    1. High praise indeed, Fran! Thanks!

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  23. It's a gorgeous jacket, Shams - I love all those pleats at the neckline, so interesting. And what a fabulous compliment :)

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  24. What a wonderful fabric and design, Shams! Thanks for sharing it with Visible Monday.

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  25. I love your jacket and that fabric is so beautiful. Sandra must cringe when she sees the awful illustra tion for her beautiful pattern. Must find an equally beautiful crisp fabric to sew a jacket for me.

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  26. I really like that - both Carolyne's version and yours.I may have to give it a whirl myself. Enjoy reeling in the unsolicitations!!

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  27. You always take patterns that I'm unsure about and turn them into something awesome! Love the collar treatment.

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  28. i got the 'your kid is in ER' call a few weeks ago: glad yours is okay and mine is too, and thanks for the great make of this pattern, i agree with everyone about your version. went right to the website and ordered it.

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    1. So glad your kid is ok, June! And thanks!

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  29. Well, I like your jacket even better than Sandra Betzina's. How's that for a compliment!

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    1. That's a nice compliment. Thanks, Lynn!

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  30. I love, love this...the colour , the fabric, that neckline, everything and am so sorry I didn't order this pattern on the last BMV sale. But there will be another sale!

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    1. Thanks, Diana! This would look great on you!

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  31. Adore the pattern as a jacket and l o v e the neckline!

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    1. Thanks, Sarah! This neckline is a Must.Do. :)

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  32. Love, love, love the jacket. And the fabric is the perfect compliment. When you tire of it may I get in line to wear it! :)

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    1. Thanks, Jonelle! I know someone who can help you make one. ;)

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  33. After seeing your version I've ordered this pattern. Love, love your fabric choice! Karen

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  34. an ikatarama with yours and Margy's ikat jacket. Love it - goes to show you have to see beyond the pattern illustration.

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    1. "Ikatarama" LOL, Liz. And thanks!

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  35. Love it! Thanks for showing an alternative view for a pattern that I wanted to like, but that I just kept saying "meh" to based on the finished project photos.

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    1. Thanks, Mountain Woman! Sometimes those photos just don't do a project justice.

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  36. Fabulous jacket! The neckline is gorgeous and it looks great on you. I feel a copying experience coming on!

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    1. Thanks, Bunny! Yours will be fabulous!!

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  37. That fabric is gorgeous and your version of the shirt into a jacket is very clever, love that you added pockets.

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    1. Thanks, Graca! Since starting my new job, pockets have become *essential*!

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  38. Ok, I want the rest of the story... She said, 'Where do you shop?' and you replied.... and then she responded....

    :-)

    Love what you did with that pattern!!! :-D

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    1. LOL. Yes, I told her I made the outfit and she said, "Gee, it looks like something from a high end boutique. I said, well, the original garment *was* from a high end boutique." ;)

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  39. Another beautiful jacket. I never would have chosen that fabric and that pattern, but you obviously knew exactly what you were doing...it turned out wonderfully.

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  40. This is gorgeous. Maybe Vogue should compensate you for all of the patterns that you are selling for them based on your fabulous renditions!

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  41. Stunning - what a fun neck treatment!

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  42. Shams. How did you finish the edges?

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    1. Carol, the edges are finished with a facing. I then edge-stitched all around the neckline/front, as you can see in the closeup photo. I don't think the edge-stitching was in the instructions, but I knew that would make it easier to deal with the pleats.

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  43. Another tour de force for your exceptional wardrobe. How great do you look in this great little jacket! I'm inspired to do a little sewing sometimes, but I'm just in awe of your mad skills.

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    1. Thanks, Jan! If you did sew, you'd have some mad styling skills!

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  44. Love this top, the neckline is fantastic! And, the fabric was a great choice, for sure.

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  45. Perfect fabric + Perfect Pattern = Wonderful silhouette and jacket for Shams! Love this!

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  46. That's a great unsolicitation. I love the new jacket.

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  48. This is one of those patterns I would never buy based on the model view or the line art, but now seeing it made up on a real body, makes me really, really want it! I am also in the SF bay area, and this fits perfectly. You did a great job; this is very sharp with a side of edgy.

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  49. Fantastic. The fabric is the real seller here, and your perfect pattern matching.

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  50. I absolutely ADORE this jacket. The neckline is gorgeous. Whether it's a jacket or a blouse, this is one beautiful garment. And, as always, you did a wonderful job in making it your very own. Thanks for the inspiration.

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  51. Sharon, your jacket is great. I love the neck ruffle effect you got. Makes me wish I had a neck.

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  52. Love the fabric, totally makes the jacket. Beautiful!

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  53. Love this made into a jacket, and with the fabric you chose. I have viewed it several times, and keep scrolling back to the neckline photo detail. Beautiful! Your fabric makes this pattern sing. .

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  54. Love it! Vogue should put you on staff---much better interpretation than on the pattern envelope. I found you because La Sewista referenced your jacket during her attempt at the same pattern. You look marvelous, darling!

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