Frabjous Mood October Paisley

When I entered Mood few weeks ago I knew I wanted to make a tailored skirt. Quick look in tweeds and suitings, and I found a perfect match for the style. But so it happens that I can never just buy fabric without exploring the store, in the quest for those one-of-a-kind designer pieces you probably won’t find anywhere else. I really hoped this time there was nothing that would distruct me from that perfect skirt I conceived in my mind…

When one of the Mood employees asked me whether he could help me with anything, I mumbled ‘Er, paisley?’ Why did I say paisley? I have no idea. Maybe it was Fall 2012 collection by Etro that I loved? Or the earlier Etro collections?

Etro Fall 2012
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Etro Fall 2012
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…”We have something,” I was told. “Possibly, Etro.” Here – my skirt dreams, fading away, rapidly. Fifteen minutes later and I was walking out of Mood as a proud owner of three yards of this gorgeous fabric.

 

Etro Fall 2012

I was not sure what I was going to make with it. It is a medium to heavy weight and is perfectly suitable for jackets or coats. The large-scale pattern itself is quite prominent, so it was important to keep the style as simple as possible, with minimum design elements. At the end I decided to make a simple cropped jacket with a three-quarters sleeve.

Etro Fall 2012

I am quite happy with the outcome. Matching and tailoring took longer than expected, but at the end I had my perfect wardrobe staple that I could wear with my favorite black pants or jeans.

By the way, couple of days ago I passed by Mood again and saw the bolt with my paisley fabric. I thought it would actually make a great winter stole, lined with silk, or contrasting wool…

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Comments


  • Mimi
    October 9, 2012

    That is JUST BEAUTIFUL! Great job!

  • Alice Wilson
    October 9, 2012

    What pattern did you use for the jacket? It’s lovely!!

  • Stephanie
    October 9, 2012

    It is lovely! Did you use a pattern or draft one yourself?

  • Ginger
    October 9, 2012

    Oh, this is so lovely! Great job, Marina!

  • Amanda S.
    October 9, 2012

    What precise work you did matching the paisley across the front and at the welt pockets – really pretty!

  • TinaLou
    October 9, 2012

    Stunning – I am in awe of your pattern-matching skills!

  • Arlette
    October 9, 2012

    Beautiful fabric, beautiful jacket!

  • Cidell
    October 9, 2012

    Gorgeous! I love your use of the large scale print.

  • Erica B
    October 9, 2012

    That fabric is stunning! I would love that in a skirt!

  • Laurie
    October 9, 2012

    I love how you matched the print in the front. Very trendy yet timeless jacket. I wonder what it is about paisley…I’m a huge sucker for paisley and this i love. So right like you say with dress or jeans. It looks like a wool.

  • oonaballoona
    October 9, 2012

    so swank marina! i hope you go for that winter stole…

  • Carolyn
    October 9, 2012

    I knew when you first showed the fabric that you were going to make one awesome jacket with it and you did! It is simply stunning!

  • Sarah Gunn
    October 10, 2012

    Your jacket is beautiful – and those pockets floor me as they are perfect! So…. did you pick up more of the fabric? 🙂

  • Karen Helm
    October 10, 2012

    You did a perfect pairing of pattern and fabric, and a beautiful match of the fabric design across the details of the jacket. I particularly like the collar on the jacket – very flattering. I would love to get a peak inside your jacket sometime – am wondering how you lined it?

  • wimmie
    October 10, 2012

    I am holding you totally responsible for my calling Mood just moments ago and ordering this fabric. lol….Your jacket as all of your pieces are, is absolutely exquisite. your sewing and workmenship is a gift, and sharing it with the rest of us is so cool….Thanks

  • Scheri Manson
    October 18, 2012

    Absolutely stunning jacket. Beautiful work and I love paisley.

  • carolyn boland
    October 29, 2012

    Fabulous work as usual! I;m in awe of your skills!