Monday, October 25, 2010

Peplum Jacket Sewing Project



Peplum Jacket, DIY
Ann Taylor Floral Front Shell (seen here on AN and here on PAG)
Black Skirt, DIY
Pearl/Ribbon Twisted Necklace, DIY
DKNY Studded Leather Sandals

For this jacket, I used a nice black and white boucle fabric from Fabric.com.  I was happy that it was a nice and soft fabric rather than itchy.  It's always a tiny bit nerve-wracking to buy fabric online as I always shop by feeling my fabrics.

I took these photos last week and I think I can already critique a few things.  One, I think maybe I should belt my skirt if I leave the jacket open.  Two, I think this would look better with tights and pumps rather than bare legs and sandals.  Thoughts?  I'm trying to learn from all you fashionistas!  :)

Want to make your own Peplum Jacket?  Check out McCall's Pattern M5936:

M5936



14 comments:

  1. Oh wow!! What a fantastic project. You are tres talented!

    I am not browsing that site and all it's lovely boucle fabrics to choose from. Oo lala

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  2. Wow! You did an amazing job!

    It looks cute in the pictures, but I think your criticisms will make it look even better!

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  3. You seriously are a whiz at the sewing machine *bows down* hehe. I love the fabric you chose to go with this style. It's a perfect match! I agree that given the type of fabric, it probably goes better with 'winter-y' type accessories, like tights or dark hose. I also think a pretty/sparkly brooch on the lapel would look great!

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  4. omg that looks so professional sewn together!!great job!! did you take sewing classes? how did you learn how to sew?

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  5. Looks terrific! You are so talented, I don't even know what I would do if I had your talent...probably spend my days crafting beautiful masterpieces that I see on the runway. But I can barely reattach buttons so that's all dreaming.

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  6. Wow! I can't believe you sewed that jacket yourself. It looks amazing! Among many other things, I've always wished I knew how to sew. You're very talented!

    As for styling, I think the whole outfit is pretty sharp & cute as it is. But perhaps you're right about the pumps. I'm thinking those sandals are a little too casual for such a crisp, professional outfit? I don't think you necessarily need tights unless you live in a cold climate. Also, I think the skirt might benefit if it were tailored to be slightly shorter and tapered for more shape.

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  7. You are exactly like me when it comes to fabric - I cannot buy it online because I have to feel it first.

    This looks great. I think it works with both tights and nylons. I would check out the AT website to see how they might style it (check J.Crew as well since they have a boucle jacket in the catalog right now).

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  8. PAG - Thank you, that's so sweet of you to say :) Yes, they definitely have some lovely fabrics on the site - I still have 3 more fabrics to turn into something.

    Michelle / Cee - Aww thank you ladies! I'm learning from all of you and will hopefully avoid fashion faux pas completely :)

    Ping - My mom used to be a seamstress and she started teaching me last year. I still have a ways to go on learning to tailor for a perfect fit (I'm more in the adequate fit realm) but thank you for the kind words.

    Elle - Thank you! If I didn't have a great teacher in my mom (and a well-worn seam ripper), I wouldn't be able to do much more than dream of making clothes.

    Cat - Would you be interested in taking classes? I'm heavily considering taking one so I can learn to drape/make clothing without patterns. You are completely right about the sandals, now I just need to find the perfect pumps!

    littlenashua - We definitely think alike! Hubby teases me about "molesting" all the fabrics when I go to Joann's. Good suggestion on AT - thanks!

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  9. You have some serious talent. I have been looking for sewing classes to take, but the new state/town I live in must not like doing doing sewing since I cannot find any classes!

    xo

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  10. This jacket is amazing! It looks so so so cute. Love the fabric!

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  11. FashionMeetsFood - There aren't any easy to take sewing classes here (aside from quilting I think), but they do have fashion design at the local university. I'm still trying to figure out if I have to go through the whole application/enrollment to attend one class.

    TinyInTexas - Thank you! I love fall fabrics!

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  12. Nice job! I tried ordering tweed fabric online once from Joann's... major FAIL because the material turned out with sparkly metallic threads and novelty looking. Good thing it was on sale so I only wasted ~$4 on it.

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  13. I love to sew but my stuff never turns out this professional. Another beautiful piece of work!

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  14. PXXS - One fabric I ordered online was supposed to be 100% silk tweed so I was really expecting it to be really, well, "silky" - it actually feels like a scratchy wool :(

    Aubrey - Yay for a fellow sewing gal! Thank you for kind words!

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