Polka Dot Jacquard Jacket

 In my last blog post, I announced a hefty challenge I am embracing for my upcoming birthday which rolls around in approximately 345 days. I plan to celebrate the new 40 with 40 new garments made by moi, and I’m beginning the challenge by combating the drab clothes that dominate my winter wardrobe.

Hello color and Happy Holidays!


Mood Fabric’s Green on Black Polka Dotted Polyester Jacquard caught my eye online and nearly blinded me when I opened the package – but what an antidote for winter drab! (more colors here)


I paired the fabric with Butterick 6103.

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Whether it is to take jeans and leggings to the next level or add panache to a simple dress, a long jacket easily brings about a little polish to an existing outfit. I also love the pattern’s princess seams which allowed for easy alterations to achieve a flattering fit.

I began with View C but quickly decided to eliminate the long draped back for a fitted silhouette.


To turn the jacket into a festive winter garment, I trimmed the jacquard with black velvet from my stash on the upper collar and front facing. The jacket is lined in a black acetate lining.


I also added black sleeve cuffs.


During my four years and four months of blogging, I have only sewn one other lined jacket citing that I’m just not a jacket person. I take it back!

Not only do I love the result of the project, but I truly enjoyed the construction process which I’ll write about in greater detail on my blog tomorrow. For now, I’m glad to have kicked off my ‘new 40’ challenge with a garment that brings a new dimension to my clothes.

IMG_0016Best wishes to all for a wonderful December!



  • Jeannie
    December 4, 2015

    It looks really great! So does your tree! Tell me about the photo with the wreaths—-Is it photoshopped? It looks like plantation shutters, but the vanes are so wide? In any case, you look great in the jacket, and it is a great start to your 40 by 40.

  • Goodbye Valentino
    December 4, 2015

    Thanks, Jeannie! I wish I could say the tree is mine, but it is in the lobby of my husband’s office 😉
    However the wreaths are hanging on the front doors to our home and have not been photoshopped . We have double doors that are solid wood, but they do resemble plantation shutters in this photograph!

  • Sharon
    December 4, 2015

    Beautiful, elegant, festive jacket. And so right about adding color to winter drab – in Michigan we get a lot of winter drab.

    • Goodbye Valentino
      December 5, 2015

      Many thanks, Sharon 🙂 It’s so easy to get lost in a sea of black clothes during winter months. Think color for sure!

  • Amanda S.
    December 4, 2015

    I like this a lot! It looks like a great fit and will certainly brighten up your closet. Also I always enjoy your challenges because you actually do follow through on them. (Me not so much.)

    • Goodbye Valentino
      December 5, 2015

      Many thanks, Amanda! I’m off to a slow start but I think I can do it 🙂

  • Fiona
    December 5, 2015

    You look so wonderfully festive in these photos! looking forward to reading more about the construction

  • Cincha
    December 5, 2015

    I love this!!!! If there’s ever a month that begs for color, it’s December.

    • Goodbye Valentino
      December 5, 2015

      How true, Cincha! One should never be drab – especially in December 🙂 Many thanks for the comment!

  • Sew Busy Lizzy
    December 7, 2015

    You have ‘drab clothes’? *faints* I can’t believe it! well if you do… then this will certain shake things up in the wardrobe department. Merry Christmas to you and yours xo

    • Goodbye Valentino
      December 7, 2015

      Oh I have lots of drab clothes… but I don’t model them on the blog – LOL! Merry Christmas to you, Lizzy 🙂

  • Peter
    December 7, 2015

    This has such a fun “holly jolly” vibe and the fit is excellent. Have a Merry Xmas!

  • Lori
    December 7, 2015

    I love this on you, such a wonderful color or the holiday season or any season.

  • Goodbye Valentino
    December 8, 2015

    Thank you, Lori. I’m very pleased at how well the color works for me 😉

  • PsychicKathleen
    December 23, 2015

    I always think of myself as “not a jacket person” too which is why I haven’t made one (not in 40 years anyway!) but seeing this jacket on you inspires me. It looks just dashing! Gorgeous colours and i love the fit and length of this jacket on you. Thank you for sharing your story 🙂