Handmade Red Linen Jacket

Handmade Linen Jacket (similar) | Sleeveless Caslon chambray top (similar) | Lucky Brand jeans | Franco Sarto mules | Patricia Nash handbag (similar) | Stone necklace (similar) | Barse earrings (similar) | Mac Brick O'La lipstick

The Challenge
Hey, friends!  Ya'll know I was at a sewing class last week.  It was a lot of fun!  There were seven women plus the instructor and it was held in a nearby quilt shop.  The pattern everyone made was the Nénuphar Jacket by Deer and Doe.  It was so interesting to see how every single jacket looked different depending on the fabric and details.  Some added contrasting collars, cuffs, pockets.  The instructor brought at least a half dozen samples of the varieties she had made including a duster length.  It was fabulous to be in a room of women who all "spoke the same language."

The Details
I knew I wanted red and was considering denim.  That would have had to have been ordered online.  The next best option was linen.  This is a linen rayon blend that was purchased from JoAnn Fabrics.  I'm glad I went with this, as the pattern is really made for a lighter-weight fabric.  Originally, I had cut my jacket longer, but at the end of the day, one other woman had made one this length and I decided I liked it better.  So, the following day I cut mine off and hemmed it up about three inches.  

Some of the details include cutout notches on the collar and pockets.  Also, frayed trim was added around the collar and on the pockets.  The "frayed trim" was really the selvage edge of the fabric that was trimmed off--it's usually just scraps that are thrown away.  I had seen this idea on a woman's pattern review where she used it as a trim and thought is was adorable, so copied it.   Also, the back has a shirred seam like a babydoll top.

If you remember, I wasn't sure if I'd like this pattern.  It's my opinion that this boxy style can turn into "frump" fast.  I thought the shorter length looked more fresh and adding chambray and denim makes it look contemporary.  The pointed toe snakeskin mules and stone necklace add some lightness and keeps the look modern, as well.

The Takeaway
  • Taking a class that you may not normally take is a fun way to connect with other people in your community that have the same interests.  (Duh, I know, but sometimes/oftentimes we neglect to do it.)
  • Adding denim immediately makes something more modern, even more so with denim on denim.
  • Accessories say so much about your own personal style.  With this outfit, a chunky gold chain and gold loafer mules would give it another look.  Adding sneakers and a graphic tee would make a cute shopping outfit.
  • Length matters.  If something would look updated hemmed, ask your dry cleaner or a friend if they can hem it for you.  
  • Don't wear a belt if you don't want to break up a color line.

Everyone brought their own sewing machines.  I was the only one who also brought a serger.  I think the other women put French seams in their jackets to finish off the raw edges.

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