French Jacket – Perfect Business Wardrobe Essential

One of my best pieces in the wardrobe is my French jacket.

It is perfect when traveling for business as it is easy to transform from casual to business look.

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Haute Couture by Martin, Richard and Harold Koda in MET

When browsing through the Metropolitan Museum of Art website I came across this stunning book – Haute Couture by Martin Richard and Harold Koda.

You are not only able to look inside this fabulous book but print as free PDF.

Isn’t it fabulous! ENJOY!

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This is a survey of the history of haute couture, from the formation of the House of Worth in mid-19th-century Paris to the major designers of the present day. The book focuses on the highly skilled crafts that are essential to the production of haute couture. Separate chapters examine tailoring techniques and finishes, weaving, draping, and the intricate decoration produced by embroiderers, feather-makers, and other craftspeople on whom couturiers rely for the execution of their ideas.

Ignite your creativity – Be inspired!

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The next French Jacket?! Why not

While waiting for mojo to start working on my buttonholes in the French Jacket I decided to refresh my other muslin for the next one.

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This old picture reminded me that I still have to shorten the sleeves.

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French Jacket – Working on Trim

The life is full of surprises and entertains us in many different – often unexpected – ways.

The heavy storm we had in the Netherlands last days – with very heavy wind and rain – has caused some issues at home. It is really so exciting finding out – when going to bed – that your bed is full of water (we had in the end the dreamed water-bed) and inside is raining almost the same as outside. So instead of making a buttonholes I was dealing with water, insurance and trying to find company to fix the roof. All still in progress. Fortunately it stopped raining.

There was small bright point in this all – the important element of my French Jacket has arrived – a chain. Nice, heavy – perfect to give a needed shape to the jacket.

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I just did not have energy to pick up on the buttonholes. As I still have to figure out what kind of trim I want to use it was perfect way of keeping me busy.
I started with bias fringe trim. I like the fringe trims – but not on my garments. I prefer simpler things. I was thinking of buying a trim but I could not find anything I like. Maybe I will visit one more shop.

The pattern of the fabric gave me an idea of waving a self-made silk trim through the fabric. I came out with two versions:

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It is very minimal but I like it. I like the single line better. I still have to find out how it will go on bias parts (sleeves).

Another option is using the selvage of the fabric with silk string. I have to try this one as well.

Let’s try to make a nice silk string. I could use pieces/threads from other fabric in different shades of blue… hmmm.

Meanwhile I picked up few more patterns to add to my RPT Couture Etsy shop. Anything for you? Just keep an eye on the shop – it will be listed soon.

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Progress on Dark Blue French Jacket

Having my business trip to Brussels cancelled I had a weekend for my French jacket.

First, let’s meet my new help … the Bernina walking foot.

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During the week, after work, I have managed to cut off all lining pattern pieces from the silk Charmeuse. I still have piece left either for the next jacket or top.

After managing few household ‘issues’ the rest of the weekend was mostly preparation for and quilting of the pattern pieces.

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Now having all quilted the next step is making of buttonholes – all 9 of them, by hand. I love it!

I will have some time to think about a trim…

 

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Weekend with my French Jacket

It was high time to tackle my fabric stash and start working on my new French Jacket.

Recently during the fabric market I have bough wool fabric in my favourite colour – dark blue.

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Together with Silk Charmeuse – silk I have bought via website the HelloSilk (you find more information here) will make perfect French Jacket – needed addition to my wardrobe.

First I have tried on my muslin to check what should be adjusted. It still fit well. I took the paper pattern pieces and iron them gently… even gently ironing make them difficult to use.

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I decided to transfer them to heavy cotton muslin fabric.

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When all was ready the real wok started. I really enjoy this process. It will be very slow sewing project.

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At this moment the pattern pieces are traced, cut off and ready to be assembled.

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I really can’t wait to wear this one and start working on the next one.

These are fabrics for the next French Jackets:

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This one will be for jacket and skirt.

 

Meanwhile I am adding more and more patterns to my RPTCouture Etsy shop. I just want others to enjoy self-made garments .

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French Jacket V8804 – accomplished

After few months of slaw sewing the French jacket is officially finished.

I was waiting for some free time and time during the day to take few pictures – and here it is – my finished French jacket. This ‘try-out’ version turns out well. I like the fit of the jacket, the construction, the process. Now I have to check how it will be in practice – wearing it. I have this jersey (which serves on the picture as a cover of a dress-form) to make a top to go with this jacket. I have as well a woven fabric for a dress. Well, I have to make few things to wear with this jacket – great opportunity to renew my wardrobe.

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The buttonholes went great. I had no issues with them. The hand-stitching was very relaxing. Continue reading “French Jacket V8804 – accomplished”

Haute Couture – Fashion in Detail

Visiting the exhibition ‘The Chanel Legend’ at The Gemeentemuseum Den Haag I have spotted this fascinated book ‘Haute Couture, Fashion in Detail from the 17th-20th Centuries’.
“It provides a stunning visual journey which charts haute couture through the ages with images from the exquisite collection of London’s Victoria & Albert Museum.”

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This is just a great reference book, book full of inspirations, book full of great designs.
I have put few pictures from this book here just to give you an idea.
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The Iconic Tweed Jacket, Lorna Knight

Craftsy managed to surprised me again. Fantastic! I could not resist – I have enrolled immidiately.

The Iconic Tweed Jacket – $49.99
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Join couture sewing expert Lorna Knight and sew an iconic jacket that will play a starring role in elegant ensembles for years to come. This chic garment is both supremely comfortable and an endlessly versatile addition to any wardrobe. Lorna will help you choose the perfect wool tweed fabric and match patterns seamlessly throughout your garment to produce a superior finish. Ensure a fantastic fit with tips for making a muslin (toile), and then let Lorna guide you through sewing your jacket and lining. Construct, gather and shape your sleeves before you sew them high into the armholes for a classic look. Complete your jacket with classic patch pockets, stylish trim and a weighted chain that gives your garment a dreamy drape.

As I am away for my work for a week I will follow this class to stay tune with my jacket.

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Over 100 hours of work!

Olivia from Mooshi has made it’s premier at the annual Tessuti Awards in Australia!

“The design is inspired by the fashions and photography of two influential decades of 20th century fashion: the 1940′s and the 1960′s.

The peplum is inspired by that iconic image of model Dorien Leigh wearing an evening dress designed by Piguet standing beautifully poised in front of a mirror in Helena Rubinstein’s apartment in 1949.” (taken from the Mooshi blog)

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