Thursday, 3 December 2015

Next up: Vogue 1465, a Donna Karan jacket


Just a quick post to share what's going on in my sewing room. I finished a pencil skirt, a lace top, a warm sweater and an A-line skirt, all Knipmode patterns and all unblogged. We've had an usually warm but wet November in The Netherlands. Whenever I was trying to take blog photos it was either raining cats and dogs or gale force winds would blow my outfit over my head. Forecasts changed from bad to unpredictable now, so maybe in the next few days I'll find a dry spell to drag all my new stuff outside!

Sewing room view

For my next project I picked Vogue 1465, a Donna Karan jacket. It's an unlined jacket with front and back princess seams and two-piece sleeves. Mitered corners, a shaped hemline, five rows of top stitching and 12+ meters of bound seams. Just the kind of project I was looking for!




As you can see the wrong side of the fabric shows in the lapels so initially I was looking for a fabric with different textures on both sides, as used in the original. All I could find were fabrics with different colours or prints, resulting in contrasting lapels. The longer I looked at the line drawings, the more I liked the idea of keeping it simple, to highlight the design.


Luckily one of my favourite fabric suppliers had a high quality Punta di Roma in stock in a lovely deep, warm red. I also bought Bemberg lining in a slightly darker colour to make the bias seam binding.

I was surprised to see how few images showed up when I googled V1465 for inspiration. Just two reviews on PR? (both with contrasting lapels) Is anyone else planning to make this jacket?

Happy sewing!

14 comments:

  1. Such a nice jacket! I find jackets without buttons are much more practical and cozy ;)If it makes you feel better, the weather is horrible in Dublin too. Since Monday, I dress like an alien: rain boots, rain pants, rain coat + rain attitude.

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    1. O no! You too? I agree on the jackets without buttons. I tend to wear my jackets open all the time, so no closures, or a zipper, are a plus!

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  2. It is a beautiful jacket and I can't wait to see yours. The fabric combination will be wonderful and you will inspire many of us to make this pattern!

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    1. Thanks, Lori. We'll see how it turns out!

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  3. Isn't the weather grim? We've had the same as you for what seems like forever. They are saying we may have a whole 20 minutes without wind, rain or heavy cloud at the weekend. I shall be whizzing outside to photograph a couple of finished projects if that happens. I think staying indoors and stitching that lovely jacket is a wise and sensible move!

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    1. Yup, it's wet or it's dark! Hope we can both detect that 20 minutes slot for photos!

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  4. Living in the same country I can very much relate to the feeling of having no opportunity to take photos. The weather is horrible. The jacket reminds me of the jacket I made myself recently (Vogue 1440). Love this one too, must remember this. And of course you must show us your result, deep warm red sounds lovely. Btw: what are your favorite fabric suppliers?

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    1. Yes, it looks a bit like V1440! This one is for stable knits though, and I love a little give in my work jackets. In this case my fabric supplier was Lam vd Berg, a man who knows his fabrics! He can be found at various fabric markets and I've been buying from him since the early 80s. Lam imports the no pilling ponte from a small factory in Turkey and he asked me for input about the colours for his next order. Can't wait to see that lot! But my absolute favourite fabric suppliers must be Kruyff couturestoffen (Utrecht fabric market) or Schroder in Rotterdam.

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  5. This is such a lovely jacket and once cooler weather returns to my neck of the woods - next April, I might consider this pattern. Looking forward to seeing you wearing your new jacket and I do hope the rainy days clear and sunny days prevail.

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    1. We'll see how it turns out. May take a while, I'm not the world's fastest sewist and December is full of commitments!

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  6. I can't believe I've not seen this pattern before..It's stunning!

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    1. I can't see why this pattern got so little attention. Is it the pattern envelope? Hard to see the style lines in a three piece ton-sur-ton!

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  7. I'm looking forward to seeing your jacket. I like the sound of your fabric. The weather has been grim here too, very wet and rather windy. Though looking out the window, it's not raining just now!

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  8. I'm looking forward to seeing your jacket. I like the sound of your fabric. The weather has been grim here too, very wet and rather windy. Though looking out the window, it's not raining just now!

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