Marc Jacobs Silk-Blend Taffeta Jacket and Shorts

 

Editor’s note: We are thrilled to welcome Peter as one of our newest Mood Sewing Network bloggers! You may already know Peter from his blog Male Pattern Boldness, “the world’s most popular men’s sewing blog.” We look forward to seeing what he makes with our fabrics.
Marc Jacobs Silk Taffeta Jacket

Readers, I am thrilled to be participating in the Mood Sewing Network and extremely excited to be posting this, my very first MSN blog post.  A special thank you to Meg and Eric  for inviting me to be the network’s first blogger dude!

I had no idea what my first project would be.  I’m fortunate to live within a mile from Mood so was able to make multiple visits for inspiration.  After my first trip, I returned home with two pockets-full of swatches — so many amazing options.  One fabric called out to me louder than the others, however.  It was leaning against a wall among a pile of bolts of fancy silks and taffetas, waiting to be reshelved, and it seemed to glow from within.  Upon inquiry (the Mood staff know their stuff) I learned that it was a Marc Jacobs poly-silk taffeta.

Marc Jacobs Silk Taffeta Jacket

Marc Jacobs Silk Taffeta Jacket

The daisy print has a photographic quality (almost like a hologram) and I loved the slight blur of the print.  I wasn’t sure how it would look as menswear though: I’m all for subtle florals, but this fabric basically screamed daisies.  The more I thought about it, the more I thought I should use my participation in the Mood Sewing Network to challenge myself.  I ran back to Mood the very next day (in the rain) and picked up two yards (of a 60″ bolt).  We bonded right away!

Marc Jacobs Silk Taffeta Jacket

I tested the fabric extensively: it was surprisingly sturdy, didn’t water spot at all, and was relatively easy to sew (for taffeta).  Since the fabric design was bold, I decided to stick to simple lines — easy in menswear since most men’s garments are basic shapes.  I chose to make two items: 1) a raglan sleeve, lined windbreaker, and 2) matching short pants, the combo inspired by the matching cabana sets men wore poolside in the 1950’s and the bold print ensembles seen in many contemporary menswear fashion shows.  I used two vintage Seventies patterns from my stash: Simplicity 8808, a teen track suit pattern for the jacket, and Simplicity 3044 for the shorts.

Marc Jacobs Silk Taffeta Jacket

Marc Jacobs Silk Taffeta Jacket

Here are the results!

Marc Jacobs Silk Taffeta Jacket

Marc Jacobs Silk Taffeta Jacket

Marc Jacobs Silk Taffeta Jacket

Marc Jacobs Silk Taffeta Jacket

Marc Jacobs Silk Taffeta Jacket

I made a few minor changes to the original patterns, adding single welt front pockets to the jacket as well as an inside breast pocket, and adding a full lining (a vivid yellow Italian nylon I found at Mood among the outerwear fabrics; the sleeves are lined in a lightweight gray polyester lining).  For the shorts, I altered the waistband (using my yellow lining to line the inside) and lowered the rise.  I was originally going to go with a standard plastic YKK zipper for the jacket but decided to splurge on a gold metal one and I’m so glad I did: I think it adds a lot to the jacket.

A few details: outer pockets, inner pockets, zipper, and shorts.

Marc Jacobs Silk Taffeta Jacket

Marc Jacobs Silk Taffeta Jacket

Marc Jacobs Silk Taffeta Jacket

Marc Jacobs Silk Taffeta Jacket

I love my new outfit and can’t wait to wear it outside when it’s a little warmer (it was close to freezing when I took these shots — brrrr…).  The jacket is perfect for spring, summer, or fall, and I know I’ll be wearing the shorts this summer, both with the jacket and without.

Marc Jacobs Silk Taffeta Jacket

Marc Jacobs Silk Taffeta Jacket

Perhaps you’re wondering what Marc Jacobs used this fabric for.  A ballgown, from his 2010 RTW Fall collection!

Marc Jacobs Silk Taffeta Jacket

Is it wrong for me to say I think this fabric works better in my version?   I’d love to hear what you think!
Editor’s note: Inspired by Peter’s jacket and shorts? Mood has a wide selection of floral taffetas online.

I can’t wait to start on my next project.  Thanks for reading!

Marc Jacobs Silk Taffeta Jacket

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Comments


  • Suzanne
    March 15, 2013

    I love it! Lucy does too, but she wants to know where you are standing in your shorts. (She also wants me to tell you it’s too cold for shorts in NYC!).

  • Sarah
    March 15, 2013

    Great outfit! I agree that the fabric looks better as a jacket and shorts than as a gown. I am so impressed with the quality of your sewing – it all looks very clean and professional. Hopefully you will get a lot more wear out of those shorts once the weather warms up :o)

  • puu
    March 15, 2013

    that zipper looks perfect, and i love getting to see the pieces together. i love the simple jacket shape with that awesome floral.

    • Clio
      March 16, 2013

      Puu (and others) beat me to saying how great the zipper looks! This jacket looks great, Peter! Shorts too. What a fun combo.

  • SavageCoco
    March 15, 2013

    Peter, your zipper choice and installation came out terrific. Congrats on your first post!
    Coco

  • oonaballoona
    March 15, 2013

    ah, the hand on head male model pose!! love it!

    the jacket turned out beautifully, your lining & zip choices are brilliant. will you rock the shorts avec wifebeater come summer?

  • Gail
    March 15, 2013

    Peter, both these garments are just so beautiful! You did a spectacular job, as always!

  • Nancy K
    March 15, 2013

    I am so glad that you changed out the zipper; it just looks richer. The outfit is charming and I am sure that you will get a lot of use out of the windbreaker.

  • Branka
    March 15, 2013

    Fantastic job Peter, at first I wasn’t sure how this daisy print would work out with jacket/pants pattern but now I like your outfit more than M.Jacob’s ball gown, good job my friend. So glad to see you join the MSN bloggers and congrats on your first post I enjoyed it!

  • Nathalie
    March 15, 2013

    That fabric really comes into its own here. I love your jacket. Much better than MJ’s dress! The shorts are fab too. Were it me, I would probably wear the two pieces separately rather than together, but you get points for modelling them plausibly in the cold of winter!

  • Petra
    March 15, 2013

    Maison Lappin!
    (Garden shed Jacobs!)

  • Testosterone
    March 15, 2013

    Bold choice of fabric, skillful pocket insertions, and that zipper puts it into another league (right out of the window display at a hipster’s boutique).

    Peter, you are as brave, as you are creative, as you are talented.

  • Lauren
    March 15, 2013

    I like the jacket/shorts combination – it’s like a dandy suit spin-off (and sooo much better than the ballgown!) Swapping out the zipper for the fancy one was a brilliant choice, it really makes the jacket look more luxe.

  • Dagmar
    March 15, 2013

    Totally chic! The sort of thing you would see on a gorgeous, fashion aware pro athlete in Europe. Worn together or apart, this is a combo that really rocks.

  • Beth
    March 15, 2013

    Beautiful work as always Peter. The daisy print jacket looks witty and masculine and suits you to a T, and I love the shorts too.

  • katrina
    March 15, 2013

    The shorts are great, but that jacket is a show-stopper!

  • Rachel
    March 15, 2013

    That is amazing! I love that ever-so-slightly abstracted big, bold floral for a sporty men’s jacket! I would have never thought to use a fabric like that in that way. Bravo!

  • Lori
    March 15, 2013

    Fantastic job, Peter. As others stated the zipper insertion is perfection.

  • Amanda
    March 16, 2013

    Congratulations on your first post, Peter! I admire you braving the cold for the photoshoot, though it seems like the city will be warming up soonish. Your attention to detail truly shows in this creation. And, yes, you wear this fabric better! 🙂

  • Ginger
    March 16, 2013

    Gah! This is fantastic! The zipper is a fantastic addition to the jacket, as is the lining! Beautifully styled, super hip, and very “Peter”! Great job, sir!

  • Carolyn
    March 17, 2013

    Peter, let me add my congratulations on your first post! What a wonderful use of the Marc Jacobs fabric – it makes a much more fabulous jacket than it did a ball gown.

  • Sarah Gunn
    March 17, 2013

    Beautiful ball gown, beautiful jacket, beautiful shorts…… love the fabric and what you made with it. GREAT first MSN post!

  • Velosewer
    March 17, 2013

    Congratulations Peter on your first post. Great to see your take on different uses of fabrics. Your sewing has always been ‘outside the box’, which I enjoy a lot.

  • Amy
    March 18, 2013

    Welcome, Peter! Fabulous first garments on MSN! I love how you pushed yourself to make something that looks fabulous, works for you, and is deserving of such an awesome fabric choice. Bravo!

  • Janine Whisler
    March 19, 2013

    Wow, love the shorts, love the jacket. You have a great eye for putting things together, that mixed with your super skill at sewing (S to the 3rd power!). I look forward to seeing your next post!

  • SheriNJ
    March 22, 2013

    Wow! I want one of those jackets! Love it!

  • lasandra
    March 24, 2013

    congratulations!!! and I love the outfit.

  • Ranada
    April 10, 2013

    I think the outfit is fabulous!!! I am a beginner in sewing and I must say you have motivated me. Now, where did I put that sewing machine?