vogue 8146: letting go and swinging with it

20121114-151202.jpgi actually began work on this jacket almost two years ago and finished it one year ago for my trip to paris (my last one, unfortunately) with my mom.  but the jacket, even in spite of its flaws, even though i loved it, languished in my closet after one outing because i could never decide how i wanted to wear it and incorporate it into my sense of style.

there’s been a lot of great posting recently on style, from what i have seen, and most recently i’ve been sort of “reverting” to my original “style”, pre-sewing, only now i include more me-made looks.  in a sense, i feel like, having passed my initial outburst of ZOMG enthusiasm for my vintage patterns and funky fabrics, perhaps aided by the recent life changes and difficulty in focus, i’m struggling to re-find myself in my wardrobe.

this is a feeling that goes beyond mere “frosting” vs “cake”, because i am a firm believer that every day has the potential to be a “cake” day if you accessorize it with the right attitude.  it’s more…fundamental.  it’s about what do my clothes say about my mood today?  about who i am (or who i wish to project) today?

do you ever feel like that?  like you are making (or buying, or wearing) clothing for the person you used to be, instead of who you are?  or for the person you wish to be, instead of embracing your current self?  friends, i have been riding that “current self” train for a long time, completely forgetting that as the train keeps going, so does your definition of current self.


to make a long story short (too late?), that is where this jacket (and my clothes-hoarding habits) comes in.  i could never part with it, knowing that it only wanted the right combination to be a great go-to piece on days when i want something classier than a sweater but not as fancy as a proper suit or a blazer.  (and when you work in an office as perpetually freezing as mine, you are wearing a sweater every.  single.  day.  even in august.)  and today i had that epiphany:  to go back to a basic, clean, semi-trendy but really classic and chic look and let the jacket BE THE LOOK, in all of its swing-coaty, vaguely retro glory.


wow, from this photo you can really see that not only is the bow off-center, the pleat itself is off-center (or at least, not centered on the same plane as my collar!)

so, welcome, self of fall 2012.  i look forward to doing projects with you.  and if you can find my mojo, bring it with you when you come to the sewing room, ok?

Pattern Description:
Above hip length jacket has two-piece raglan three-quarter length sleeve, collar and back pleat with bow, front button opening. Sleeveless, straight dress has back zipper and slit.

Pattern Sizing:
size 12

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?

Were the instructions easy to follow?
that is so long ago i can’t remember. but aside from having some difficulty in understanding the raglan sleeve insertion (my fault, not vogue’s), they were totally fine.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
i love the swing-coat-esque nature of the jacket, while still being something cropped, modern and accessible.

Fabric Used:
wool tweed from mood fabrics, NYC.
silk charmeuse lining from mood fabrics, nyc

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
i added some additional pattern pieces for tailoring purposes, including an undercollar and raglan sleeve stays. i also drafted my own lining pieces, since the coat as drafted does not include a lining.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
i was going to say no, one is enough, but in wearing it today i am thinking that it could be a great alternative to a traditional blazer or cardigan if i had it in some go-to colors. so if it works for you, it’s definitely worth keeping.

very satisfied by the overall result of the pattern, although initially i had some difficulty deciding how to style it and how to wear it.

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14 Responses to vogue 8146: letting go and swinging with it

  1. Clio says:

    Naw, I think you are just standing asymmetrically. It’s a very cute jacket that deserves to be worn!
    I’m having the same kind of style musings lately, too. It seems to be going around.

  2. Jenny says:

    I love, love your jacket–so beautiful! And I know what you mean. I’ve always had to follow a very strict dress code, and now that I don’t have to deal with that anymore, I’m not entirely sure what my style is! I mostly try to find the common ground between what works on me and what I love.

  3. prttynpnk says:

    I think its a very swell jacket, i love how it can feel retro or very now….

  4. That jacket definitely deserves to be out on the town…the bow on the back (even if it is off-kilter, which just makes it even more adorable IMO) is a perfect touch on the pleat!

  5. sewbusylizzy says:

    I’ve always loved this pattern – and I own it. Now I’m inspired to sew it.
    And on your topic of style, I’m finding that blogging is helping me better understand my style and what suits me. I think the process of creating, documenting through words & photos helps you stand back and critically appraise how things look and work. It’s an interesting process.

    • puu says:

      yes! the pattern definitely has a je ne sais quoi to it, if one can capture it (and then figure out how to wear it!) i’m not a huge fan of the dress portion, even though the pattern envelope is tempting, because i feel like it’s much too high-necked for me…

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