Paprika Wool Jacket

Here she is—my first make of 2013, and my very first jacket!  I’m so excited to add this little piece to my wardrobe!

As you may recall, when I was looking for jacket inspiration, I was really drawn to the idea of using a fun, vibrant color.  But you know what they say about the best-laid plans of mice, men, and fashionistas…

Red wool Jacket

I came to Mood NYC with every intention of leaving with a bright, saturated fabric, but once I laid eyes on this gorgeous Ralph Lauren wool, I just couldn’t put it back!  It’s a twill-weave suiting with lots of drape, and the warm, paprika-red shade is really easy for me to wear.  (Here‘s a similar, slightly-brighter wool that would make a fabulous jacket!)  I used Colette’s Anise jacket pattern, which is a classic, simple silhouette and an easy pattern for beginners to put together.

Red wool Jacket

Since the color I ended up with was a bit more conservative than I had originally intended, I picked out a sassy silk charmeuse in a Tetris-like print for a contrast lining.  (Allow me the liberty of selecting a cute lining to match the wool suiting I suggested above– wouldn’t this be adorable peeking out of the rolled-up sleeves of a blazer?)  The whole jacket is underlined with lightweight muslin, which helped to stabilize and secure the fabric (like most twill weaves, this stuff frays like a mother!).

Red wool Jacket

Now, I don’t have much any experience tailoring, so I started to get cold feet as I approached the cutting counter.  I started to chicken out and worry that I didn’t know enough to select the right fabric, but the lovely man helping me told me, “Don’t worry– Ralph Lauren does plenty of tailoring.  Trust his judgment.”  I’ve never been much of a brand-name junkie, but this made sense to me!  At the very least, I could blame any tailoring catastrophes on Ralph Lauren!  Luckily, I didn’t have to– all in all, this turned out pretty well (at least for a first attempt!).

Red wool Jacket

What about you guys?  Are you tailoring fiends, or are you working up the nerve to make your first jacket?  Any hints that you experienced tailors might have for a beginner?

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Comments


  • Cassie
    January 28, 2013

    It turned out lovely! I never would have guessed it was made by hand =)

    • Ginger
      January 28, 2013

      Thanks, Cassie! :)

  • ShanniLoves
    January 28, 2013

    Wow wee I love it!!! I want it! The color is spot on. I have this pattern and I’m rather scared of it. Great job!

    • Ginger
      January 28, 2013

      Thanks, girl! You can totally do it! It’s an easy pattern, just time-consuming. I like the way that Sarai’s sewalong broke it up into eight different days– that’s a good approach to sewing it.

  • Staci
    January 28, 2013

    There is nothing at all about your beautiful Anise that says beginner! Gorgeous job tailoring! And the color on your is superb. Great job :)

    • Ginger
      January 28, 2013

      Thanks, Staci! :)

  • Lauren
    January 28, 2013

    Ummmmmm THIS IS AMAZING. I think you matched the perfect color with the perfect lining with the perfect pattern! Yay!!

    • Ginger
      January 28, 2013

      Thanks, Lauren! The color really makes me happy!

  • Houseofpinheiro
    January 28, 2013

    Amazinballs

    • Ginger
      January 28, 2013

      Thanks, Rachel! :D

  • Natasha
    January 28, 2013

    Well the Anise is a good place to start since it has the optional companion guide. For that though I would say skip the bound button holes, cut the undercollar into two pieces and cut them on the bias. That its self is easy peasy. Cut the piece down the center and cut off 5/8″ of that edge (SA) and then pivot the grainline by 45 degrees. That will make a MUCH better collar.

    I recently made the Anise with the buttonholes and was thinking for a beginner it might be a bit much since it happens all at the start of the project.

    Bag the lining if you can its soo much easier to get good results if you can skip the hand stitches.

    OH and congrats on your fabulous new coat

    • Ginger
      January 28, 2013

      Thanks for the tip about the collar! I’ll have to try that, should I ever attempt this pattern again. :) I’m interested in trying a bagged lining– I’ll definitely do that if I make a blazer down the line.

      I opted for machine buttonholes, not because of difficulty, but just because I wanted this jacket to be a little more casual. How did you like your bound buttonholes?

      • Natasha
        February 4, 2013

        The buttonholes looked fine once they were put it but they were the first thing I had to do so I felt tired of the project once I did them plus the welts.

        • Ginger
          February 4, 2013

          Yeah, that’s a pretty daunting task so early in the project!

  • Sue
    January 28, 2013

    Perfect! I’m in love with this. It looks simply adorable on you. :)

    • Ginger
      January 28, 2013

      Thanks, Sue! You’re too sweet. This pattern would look super cute on you!

  • Diana
    January 28, 2013

    Fabulous job!!! It looks terrific on you.

    • Ginger
      January 28, 2013

      Thanks, Diana!

  • Cidell
    January 28, 2013

    I Love this! Look how beautiful your pockets are!!

    • Ginger
      January 28, 2013

      Thanks, Cidell! :)

  • Caroline
    January 28, 2013

    Gorgeous, and I think you picked a perfect color. I’m impressed!

    • Ginger
      January 28, 2013

      Thanks, Caroline! I absolutely love this color– it made the decision easy (every once in a while that happens, but it’s usually so hard to decide when I’m at Mood!).

  • Sarah Gunn
    January 28, 2013

    Ginger, This is adorable and so well made! Congratulations!

    • Ginger
      January 28, 2013

      Thanks, Sarah! :)

  • oonaballoona
    January 28, 2013

    um. that looks like total freaking perfection to me. and i LOVE the lining!!!

    • Ginger
      January 28, 2013

      Thanks, Oona! I’m tempted to wear it inside-out!

  • Carolyn
    January 28, 2013

    There should have been some pics of you twirling and jumping up and down because you did an awesome job with this! I have this pattern and have been taking deep breathes about it. You’ve inspired me to give it a try by making such a beautiful jacket!

    • Ginger
      January 28, 2013

      You can do it! I bet you’ll really enjoy the process of making it. :)

  • Lori
    January 28, 2013

    This is gorgeous, you did a beautiful job.

    • Ginger
      January 28, 2013

      Thanks, Lori! :)

  • gMarie
    January 28, 2013

    I love this color on you (because you know, my opinion matters) and I love that your lipstick matches. The jacket is stunning! It doesn’t like you are a beginner at all.

    Carolyn says I need a suit. This would make the perfect top half. g

    • Ginger
      January 29, 2013

      I totally agree with Carolyn– you do need a suit! This would look killer paired with a skirt! I hope you decide to make it!

  • Cissie
    January 30, 2013

    Wonderful jacket and great color! Your beautifully executed jacket is inspiring me to pull my Anise out and finish it! I did do the bound buttonholes, but faked the welt pockets since they seem pretty useless to me.

    • Ginger
      January 30, 2013

      Thanks, Cissie! I know what you mean about the welt pockets– they’re too shallow to really put things in (and who wants bulging pockets at their waist?). Finish yours!

  • Amanda S.
    January 30, 2013

    Great jacket! Love that color on you!

    • Ginger
      January 30, 2013

      Thanks, Amanda! :)

  • iambrenna
    January 31, 2013

    Wow, this is stunning! I’ve looked at jacket patterns many-a-time but never felt like they’d actually be wearable in a real way. You did an exceptional job making this pattern something that looks normal and wearable, while still immediately striking the eye with rich color and careful detail. I’m very impressed: can’t believe this was your first experience tailoring! (Also, IMO lengthening the Anise pattern was a good call. The shorter hem sometimes looks either too matronly or overly sweet-and-girly, neither being a look I’d go for.) You’ve totally bolstered my mettle to try a jacket!

  • Mary G.
    February 2, 2013

    Doesn’t look like a beginner made that jacket. You look lovely and relieved. Keep up the good work, Ginger

    • Ginger
      February 4, 2013

      Thanks, Mary! I definitely was relieved to have finished! :)

  • Linda L
    February 4, 2013

    Lovely jacket! That fabric is just fantastic. Your jacket fits you well and it is the perfect red color.

    • Ginger
      February 6, 2013

      Thank you, Linda! :)

  • Amy
    February 9, 2013

    Gorgeous coat! I love the red. My little tailoring experience comes from the Ready-to-Wear Tailoring Sew-Along hosted by Pattern Scissors Cloth a while ago. I started to get into Gertie’s Starlet Suit class, but I haven’t made the time to keep it up. One day… Glad you have a fantastic coat to wear this winter. I bet it’s coming in handy!!

  • Beth Scott
    February 9, 2013

    I saw this pattern and a few make-ups of it and wasn’t really interested because it looked too boxy. You, however, have shown me how cute it really is when it is tailored to fit someone specifically. I love what it looks like and again I am reminded that this is why we sew… so we can make clothes fit the way we want to. Thank you for this inspiration! I am now going to get this pattern.

    • Ginger
      February 10, 2013

      Amen, sister! It’s so gratifying to have clothes that actually FIT! Let me know how yours turns out! Happy sewing! :)