After a long hiatus, I’m back with a new post! The last few weeks have been like a roller coaster. We visited the Yves Saint Laurent Museum on a wonderful weekend trip in Paris. The sun shone nonstop for her 3 days (a rare occurrence in Paris in February) and we had a wonderful time. We took long walks along the Seine and tried new restaurants. Maybe they expected bad weather in Brussels. The moment I got home, I got sick. Covid has hit quite a bit after getting a third booster of vaccines. I had to rest and get in shape, so I decided to take a break from projects and blogging. I’m so happy to be back and motivated again 🙂
This week I’d like to introduce you to my next Make Nine Challenge project: a white puffer jacket. We all know it’s mid-season and the weather is sunny but cold at the same time. I didn’t have a lightweight jacket in my wardrobe that was really light yet warm. I decided on this design because I wanted a jacket that was easy to match with various styles. It has a sophisticated silhouette, but also has structural elements in the body. The matte white fabric gives it a neutral, casual feel, while the faux fur trim adds a touch of class. By implementing these contrasting elements, we were able to achieve a versatile jacket that can be styled for many occasions: casual, chic and elegant.
Read on for more details 🙂
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Once I had a silhouette, I started researching to find inspiration for the structural elements I wanted to add to the design. The designs below, left to right, are his original works from Fall 2002, Fall 2003, and Fall 2004. I like the warrior-like structure of his design’s nipped waist, almost like modern armor. We have achieved that by incorporating some design elements from parts.
The pattern of the jacket is derived from the basic coat basis with side panels. In order to create a slimmer silhouette, I put it out from the waist and added volume to the hips.
Once the basic pattern was complete, I added style lines to create the module. I then added straight seam style lines and took great care to ensure that the left and right portions of each panel were perfectly symmetrical to match the seams perfectly.
After that, the fabric is cut and the sewing process continues, which I must say is very long.
To create a straight style line, I used masking tape and fixed dimensions for a precise and harmonious result. I traced the edges of the masking tape with a sewing machine. Once pasted, the masking tape was easily removed.
Once all the modules were completed, I connected the modules to create the original panels of the jacket. I connected the panels with a sewing machine with straight stitches. All internal seams are closed with bias satin binding for a clean look inside.
Pro Tip: Patterns with side panels are great for hiding pockets. Here’s how to hide invisible zippers 🙂
The next step was to make the neck piece. That’s why we’ve added comfortable, cushioned padding.Gold-tone metal zippers and clips add a touch of class. Since the length of the jacket didn’t fit in the standard zipper length, we used a metric zipper and added a customized slider and stopper to the end of the zipper. Added allover white faux fur trim to the hem and wrists.
I used leftover fur to make a fun belt bag for my cell phone that I can put on and take off as I please.
I hope you enjoy this project.
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