Marc Jacobs Linen-Blend Spring Coat

A tailoring project for my next Mood Sewing Network project that has been a long time coming.  The fabric was moved all around my sewing room, just waiting to be made into a fabulous spring coat.  What fabric did I select?  This fabulous Mood Fabrics’ Marc Jacobs linen-cotton.

I knew right when I purchased this fabric is was going to be a coat, Vogue 8884, in fact.  The fabric seems to yell, “good-bye winter, hello, spring.”  Or in my case with the Summer solstice approaching, “good-bye spring and hello summer!”  Whichever one you say, this fabric is fabulous to work with and tailor into a coat.
marc jacobs linen cotton coat
My first step for this jacket was cutting out the fabric in a single layer, very important with the design.  I wanted to match all the key parts.  This took some time but if I had not done this, I would have been very disappointed in my outcome.  I followed many steps from a tailoring book and used an e-book for bound buttonholes and an online tutorial.  (coat progress links found here and here and here and lastly here)

The plan was the longer view on the Vogue pattern but my daughter, Meredith and I decided that it was just a bit too much coat.  This was a good decision, the length is perfect for a spring jacket.I applied interfacing to each piece for underlining, as the fabric is a loose weave.  Do take care when moving the pieces before you apply the interfacing.  I would move the piece to the ironing board, lay the pattern piece over the fabric to make sure there was not stretch.  Then I applied the interfacing.
marc jacobs linen cotton coat

With this project, I enjoyed each step and realized the importance of back stays,  horsehair canvas for the shoulder area, roll line.  My husband would come into my sewing room and I would tell him, “look at this step, see I matched the arm seam so nicely.”  He would respond, “oh, yes” and hurry out of the room before I kept going on and on.
My only moment of panic—the lining.  I had some off-white bemberg in my stash but it was too transparent and not a good look for the coat.  I went to my fabric stash and had just ordered Mood Fabrics’ Aquamarine Solid Silk Crepe De Chine. Oh the feel of this fabric.
marc jacobs linen cotton coat
I was thrilled having this on my shelf and it was a perfect contrast for the pink.
marc jacobs linen cotton coat
One picture with the jacket unbuttoned:
marc jacobs linen cotton coat

Here is one more picture, hands on my hips and my big smile, I love this jacket!

marc jacobs linen cotton coat

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Comments


  • Nancy
    June 17, 2013

    That is so right in so many ways! Great job!

    • Lori
      June 17, 2013

      Thank you, Nancy, it was so fun to make and each step I loved it more and more.

  • Beth Conkwright
    June 17, 2013

    It’s looks great. Love the contrast lining. It’s so fun to open up your coat and find a pretty lining. Fit looks wonderful and your match looks perfect.

    • Lori
      June 17, 2013

      Thanks, Beth, the aqua and pink is so fun and you are right a pretty lining makes the coat that much more fun.

  • Cissie
    June 17, 2013

    Great job on the coat. Love the contrasting lining.

    • Lori
      June 17, 2013

      Thanks Cissie, it is a gorgeous color and feel.

  • Lauren
    June 17, 2013

    It’s beautiful! I LOVE the color of that lining!!!

    • Lori
      June 17, 2013

      Thanks, Lauren, it is a great coat and the lining just makes it fun.

  • Ginger
    June 17, 2013

    This is so cute! I love it! All the time you spent on this is completely visible in the jacket– it’s so beautiful!

    • Lori
      June 17, 2013

      Thank you, Ginger. I enjoyed the sewing process and I will really enjoy my jacket!

  • BeaJay
    June 17, 2013

    That is a great jacket – looks fabulous on you.

    • Lori
      June 17, 2013

      Thank you BeaJay, it is fabulous fabric.

  • Patty P
    June 18, 2013

    Love your new Spring coat! And isn’t it fun to take on a sewing challenge and find success!

    • Lori
      June 18, 2013

      Yes, Patty, It is fun to be challenged, especially when the results are how you want! Thank you.

  • Sandra
    June 18, 2013

    OMG your jacket is just gorgeous! The fabric is devine and the lining just perfect.

    • Lori
      June 18, 2013

      Thank you, Sandra, I really like my coat, it will be a favorite.

  • Amanda S.
    June 18, 2013

    Gorgeous coat Lori! I love the fabric and the pop of color for your lining.

    • Lori
      June 18, 2013

      Thank you, Amanda, the blue really makes the jacket have a bit of surprise.

  • oonaballoona
    June 18, 2013

    oooo i love that contrast lining. you pick the most delicious fabrics, and pair them so perfectly to patterns!

    • Lori
      June 18, 2013

      Thank you, Oona, I fell in love with this fabric the first time I spotted it online.

  • Sarah Gunn
    June 18, 2013

    Your coat is absolutely beautiful and what a great color for a spring/summer coat! Love the lining too.

    • Lori
      June 18, 2013

      Thank you, Sarah, it is a fun coat inside and out!

  • This is Carrie
    June 19, 2013

    I admire your patience to create such a beautiful coat with all the attention to detail. I’ve been following your buttonhole making on instagram!

    • Lori
      June 20, 2013

      Thank you, Carrie, it was a great experience for my sewing skills and I am happy it turned out so well.

  • Erica B.
    June 19, 2013

    Great coat Lori!

    • Lori
      June 20, 2013

      Thank you, Erica

  • Carolyn
    June 21, 2013

    I’m sorry to be late to the party, but I did read along on your blog and knew you were fashioning an amazing new spring coat! Great job Lori, it’s lovely!

    • Lori
      June 25, 2013

      Thank you, Carolyn, the fabric was wonderful to sew and tailor.

  • Diana
    June 22, 2013

    Just beautiful! No wonder you are so pleased with it. I guess it was a labour f love.

    • Lori
      June 25, 2013

      Thanks, Diana, I did enjoy working on this coat.

  • anne jewell
    June 28, 2013

    don’t you just enjoy a 3/4-length coat? it’s so much easier getting in and out of a car. this one is great!

    • Lori
      July 7, 2013

      Thanks, Anne, I do like this length coat, plus it looks good with so many things.