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…
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.
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!).
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!).
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?