I found this awesome wool boucle on the third floor of Mood Fabric’s NYC store. I know people have favorite sections of the store, but me, I love the third floor because it’s magical! You never know what you’ll find there and every time I climb the stairs, I find the most amazing delights.
To be honest, I’ve had this piece for a minute. When Todd pulled it off the rack for me, I squealed with joy because not only is it a beautiful creamy medium-weight bouclé but it’s also backed with interfacing. Peoples, to me this is like finding a pot of gold at the end of a rainbow. It’s like the Holy Grail of fabrics—one to be wished and hoped for…to be ever in search of…because a pre-fused piece of fabric is so wonderful to work with that I’m like a druggie looking for a fix. I’m constantly in search of it! *LOL*
Now I know you think I’m being extreme, but I’m not…’cause this is what I purchased…
…and this is what I made!
Sewing a jacket with a pre-fused backed fabric takes away every concern about how to handle stabilizing the fabric. You can just get on with the fitting and sewing. Now I know that Mood’s online store has some amazing wool boucles, however, I don’t know if any of them have the fusible backing but working with wool bouclé is so awesome that I would encourage you to purchase some. Editor’s note: Just as an FYI, fabrics are fused with interfacing or other fabrics as specified by the designer. The designer buys a fabric from a mill, bouclé for example, and then takes it to a vendor to have it professionally fused to a material of their choice. Mood buys it from the designer as is and then sells it to you, online and in our two stores. If online, the product copy will specify that it is a fused fabric, like this Carolina Herrera wool panel.
So do you want to know more about this jacket? It’s a combination of two patterns: one out-of-print Vogue 2285 circa 1999 and a vintage Simplicity 5144 pattern that I graded up to get this look.
The part I love the most about this jacket is the faux welt pockets.
Aren’t they kewl? Of course, the instruction sheet for the vintage Simplicity Pattern explains exactly how to accomplish this so that even a newbie could handle making these. The only thing that I’m a little bummed about is that there are no closures on this jacket, which is fine during my work day but poses a bit of a challenge when wearing to work under my trenchcoat. I will probably use a pin at the neckline while commuting…to hold everything together!
I’ve made this jacket once before. All of the construction details for this jacket are contained in that post and this new one. However, the best thing about this jacket is that not only is it on trend – vanilla is hot, hot, hot for fall/winter – but it goes with so many garments already living in my wardrobe.
I loved sewing the special details that you seem to only see in vintage patterns and am thrilled with my new vintage-inspired wool bouclé jacket! Finally, I need to apologize for the pictures in this post. We’re learning a new camera and after 50 pictures both inside and outside and finally me falling over in the dirt (it wasn’t pretty people) I was done! If you’re wondering why I only have dark outside ones, egads the inside ones were 10x worse! Yeah, not a great time to learn a new camera right?! *LOL*
Okay I’m gonna leave you with one more poor picture and a promise that next month they will be sooooo much better…oh and even though the photography leaves much to be desired, the jacket really is pretty cool.
…until next time!