Study Hall Boyfriend’s Jacket

Here it is, in all it’s glory! I feel very studious wearing it too, if I do say so myself. Quite smart, like I could give you a dissertation on why the sky is blue or something.

The jacket itself is practically perfect. I could get technical about what’s not perfect, but that would take away from the total enjoyment you’ll have lusting after this beauty. It was quite the construction project. I kept thinking that I wouldn’t do this or that because it would take too long and then I felt myself being sucked into getting it just right and such. Mr. S gave me huge scare the other night when he said that one of the shoulder puffs was “puffier” than the other. Then he said to go look in the mirror and figure out which one it was. Can you believe the nerve? I ran to the mirror and couldn’t see it and drove myself half crazy trying to figure out which one it was. Then Mr. S said, “How’s that for your OCD?” After that comment it was time to finish the jacket. Even if it didn’t end perfectly. Sigh…

Needless to say, it is and will be a fantastic staple to my wardrobe. I do love the way it turned out. The color looks so much more luscious in the velveteen. It’s soft. The pockets turned out just right. I added that little belt in the back as it looked like it needed it. The lapels are big and generous. And the buttons. They’re those leather ones you know. My dad had several jackets that had these and as a kid I was always so fascinated with them. The jacket just wouldn’t be complete without them.

The jacket inside was inspired by some high end RTW jackets I’ve seen around. I lined the body in polka dot silk twill, the same as the undercollar and for the sleeves I used a fuschia bemberg lining. Just for fun.

The jacket is just screaming for some wide leg plaid trousers or an A-line skirt. I tried putting it with some of my other things and surprisingly they looked just too “girly” up against it even though this boyfriend’s jacket has a decidedly feminine twist. So, I’ve got some plaid wool that’s going to be made into some pants real soon. We’ll get that whole 70s jive going, an era that’s fast becoming a favorite and I didn’t really think it would.

I think I’m finally ready for some easy projects that only take say a week to complete. Which leads me to my next point about how long it takes to finish sewing projects. Is it normal for you to take a long time on your sewing projects? I’ve never been one that could finish things in a week. I have to get the fit just right and use luscious fabric and always put the most time consuming twists on everything that it always takes me quite a while to get things finished. I just won’t wear it otherwise. I just won’t. How about you? What kind of a seamstress are you? A time taker or a time breaker?

So there you have it. My boyfriend’s jacket.

  • SewSister - I love this jacket, what pattern did you use??
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  • Suzie - Flippin’ gorgeous! You did an amazing job on this jacket. I love the different linings – a really fun extar pop of colour. Love it!
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  • Jill/laughbutnotloudly - Gorgeous! And I love the blouse, gloves and pin-striped pants with the jacket. Very chic.
    As for your question, it usually takes me a LONG time to finish a sewing project. I’m a beginner and slow to begin with, but I’ve found that I tend to get sloppy, tired and/or frustrated after more than 1-2 hours. I need to take a break, refresh, and come back the next day with renewed focus!
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  • Peter - In a word, gorgeous! I love it and I love the way you’ve styled it. Congratulations!
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  • TanitIsis - It looks great! I am kinda obsessed with coats and jackets right now (something to do with the season, I guess).
    It depends on the project, and my level of obsession. I banged out my daughter’s winter coat (which involved no less than three muslins and a massive amount of hand-stitching… well, for a kids coat, anyway) in about three weeks—as I said, obsession. However, I’m not overly OCD in my sewing; I made my last pair of jeans over a weekend and while they’re not perfect, they’re perfectly wearable. :)
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  • Suzy - It is a gorgeous jacket. The fabric and colours so lush. Absolutely love it! Depending on what I’m sewing I might take a few days or a few weeks to finish a project. Mind you, I am merely a beginner, having started sewing last June. I have done the mistake of not fitting properly because I wanted to finish. I’m still learning how to fit so hopefully once I learn it I’ll take longer to ensure it’s the best I can do.
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  • Farah - I love your jacket! You have inspired me to make a 70s style jacket too – it’s just so lovely!
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  • www.google.com/accounts/o8/id?id=AItOawlCEKeyreXrGhckXfMKcKRNVwx3Dgtgazc - I admire your delicious details of the pink lined sleeves and especially the leather buttons on velvet. Not something I would have even thought of, but absolutely wonderful! Beautiful jacket!
    When I sew for someone else I take my time to make everything perfect. (Which is most of my sewing) But when I sew for myself I do it quickly…mostly simple styles. They are still better than RTW in construction and fit. But I now have a dress form and need to make a cover of myself so that I can fit properly, and do my own designs, something I love/can’t live without. My dress form is the foam form that has to be squeeshed into the cover. OMG the boobs are lethal weapons!
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  • Karin van D. - Absolutely fabulous. You look amazing in this jacket, how beautiful! My compliments, great job.
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  • Ashley - Beautiful, esp. in that fabric!
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  • A Sewn Wardrobe - This turned out so well. The fabric is simply wonderful, and I love the contrasting polka-dot lining. I like how you styled it! I think it would look great with jeans and heels, too, for a date-night look. I bet you will get a ton of wear out of this one. Bravo on a tough project well done! Now go make a knit top! ;)
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  • Jennifer - LOVE LOVE LOVE! I want one! I must have one! That is a great jacket and I adore it!
    I also thought of you this past weekend. I have really been wanting to see Penelope ever since you mentioned it on here. I watched it because it was on Encore and I loved it! It was a fun movie and the clothes were so inspiring! It looked like Anthropologie did Penelope’s entire look! I am still swooning over it and thinking of watching it again! Thanks for blogging about it!
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  • Uta - Fabulous! This was worth taking your time over. Regarding your question: It depends. It’s no use cranking out a jacket or coat in the shortest time. It will look homemade and not get worn. I will however make myself a simple summer skirt, or children’s garments that get done fast, maybe not perfectly, but good enough for their intended use.
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  • Tasia - It looks fantastic!! You’ve definitely captured the 70′s vibe in a pretty, modern way. Love the buttons, love the two different lining fabrics, love the big wide lapels. It really turned out beautifully!
    Regarding projects: I totally admire that you tackle every detail with care! It is the difference between a beautiful piece of clothing and a slapped-together home sewing project. I like to do the same, but I also know there’s a point where I start to lose interest if it’s taking too long and it gets banished to UFO-land. It all depends on the project! This jacket is extra-special because of all the hard work you put into it.
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  • Katherine - This is so stinkin’ cool. And you look GORGEOUS.
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  • Liz - This looks so amazing. You did a great job!!!
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  • Cherri Porter - It does look beautiful.
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  • Casey - Bravo! I just love how impeccable the fit is–and the lining is so cute! I have recently started doing more and more “contrast” linings just for the heck of it. ;) Gorgeous work–you can definitely tell you took your time to make everything “just so” on this!
    Sewing time… it totally varies for me. Sometimes I’m caught up in other things (read: life) and something that would normally take a week or less (like a simple dress) take forever. Then there are the “big” projects that do take me awhile… Like the Lady Grey jacket I’m still making. :p lol. Hopefully that’ll be done by January though… ;)
    ♥ Casey | blog
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  • lap - I love the amazing twilightly color of velvet! I agree, it’s dying for plaid pants, which I think will create a whole amazing Ralph Lauren crossed with Marc Jacobs vibe. I’d love to see your Summer in Italy pencil skirt paired with this, and maybe pink or orange tights to winter it up!
    I’m seriously addicted to clothes that were in fashion when I was 4 right now. At least to the patterns for them. I have plaid plans myself. (Rainbow)
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  • Blair Yuen - Sunni! Such a rich, beautiful color on you! What a lovely jacket! I told Shawn I’d buy it in a heartbeat! Remember, I’m an admirer now, and hopefully a customer someday. You do beautiful work. Excellent job :)
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  • val - I have definitely been waiting to see the finished product. I really like velvet and velveteen but have never used it to make an entire jacket. Usually I use it as trim and such. Navy was an excellent choice and I am impressed with the overall look.
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  • Emily - Perfection! I love the little details you’ve included.
    I’m just starting off sewing and I’ve only picked easy projects that can be finished in a week or so. I also haven’t attempted using fancy expensive fabrics (aside from minky which hated my machine). I hope to learn some tailoring and make more interesting things.
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  • Alana - Gorgeous – that colour in the velveteen is so saturated and luxurious!
    As to your question – I wish I was detail focused and had the patience to spend so much time on the finer things but instead I’m all about the instant gratification. If something takes longer than a week I get bored and it starts to feel like a chore (see this trench coat). I’m a bit of a hedonist when it comes to sewing, I’ll only do it as long as I’m enjoying it so quick and dirty projects seem to match my attention plan ;)That said I’m in total admiration of those who do tailor and finish things beautifully and slowly but surely I’m taking on those tips.
    ~Alana
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  • Laurel - Jacket looks fab, can’t wait to see the 70′s pants with it.
    I have both kinds of projects, I guess. I have some things I turned in in less than 24 hrs that I absolutely love wearing, and other things that I took one step at a time, doing all the right details, ripping out the imperfect and starting over, etc. I generally love what I’ve made either way, once I finish it. But I do confess a love of a quick project over something that takes forever.
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  • adelaide b - This is amazing and beautiful!
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  • SueMarie - Beautiful! I love the jacket.
    I am still slogging away on my Gertie-sewalong Lady Grey. The tailoring techniques brought out the perfectionist in me and I did and redid way too many steps. I have the hem and the belt and the buttons left – then I too want to sew a whole bunch of quick items just for the fun of it.
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  • oonaballoona - AAAAAAAAGH i LOOoooooVE it!
    may i steal it to wear with this… http://tinyurl.com/24jokpd
    …pretty please? i would pair it with cappuccino boots, a vanilla silk scarf, and be your very best friend. ‘kthxbye!
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  • kiraph - As always, a great job! It looks fabulous. I have to admit to not making anything for myself that has taken that long. I would love to take on the challenge though!
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  • Big in Japan - I think I’ve dreamt of this jacket! Beautiful fabric and execution!
    My projects always take longer than I think they should, but that doesn’t necessarily mean they are terribly involved. I’ve become fussier with details as my skills improve, but I’m also pragmatic. In terms of how picky I’ll be over tiny details, it really depends on the item and its final destination.
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  • Becky - I love it! I want one! And all of the time-consuming details were obviously worth it.
    To answer your question–I feel like I’m beginning to go more towards the time-consuming sewista. The longer I’ve been doing this, the more concerned I get with fit and finishing details. And it’s definitely slowing me down. I Hong Kong seamed the entire inside of the last jacket I made, and it literally made it take about five times longer than it would have otherwise. (And then I whipped out four pillows in a day for my next project. Go fig. I definitely need the quick project after the time-sucking ones!)
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  • Kristin - stunning! You’re inspiring me to take more time with my sewing. I’m a “get it DONE” kind of girl, but I’m slowly starting to realize that taking time is often worth it. Too bad I’m so lazy!
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  • Kara - Your jacket looks great! That color is just luscious! I love the little belt you added in the back.
    I’m working on a jacket right now, too. I’m almost done, but it’s taking a lot longer than I thought it would! Just like you, I get sucked in to all the little details. I wanted to pad stitch the collar, but the pattern piece didn’t have a roll line, so I had to pin it on, find the roll line, and mark it myself. And then there was all that pad stitching. Took forever! But I’m so proud of it already, even though I’m not done. I just know I’ll wear it all the time!
    Glad to see there’s another seamstress out there who doesn’t finish 3 projects a week, like so many bloggers out there seem to!
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  • Eike Armbrust - I so love that Jacket and was all the time waiting to see the finished one. Absolutely gorgeous!
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  • lauren - what a gorgeous jacket!! i love all the little details, and the color+fabric+pattern is a perfect match!
    i tend to sew through things fast (picking up the “I HAVE TO WEAR THIS ON THE WEEKEND OH GOD OH GOD”), but it makes me sloppy and careless so i force myself to slow down and enjoy the process to finish a garment. normally about a week for a simple-ish garment, but the dang lady grey i just finished took me months. and i’m fairly monogamous when it comes to my sewing projects, so that was agonizing haha
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  • DeniseAngela - Gorgeous! saw you Burdastyle and came by to visit!
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  • Abby - Beautiful job. I think it is perfect in every way. The details have really paid off.
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  • Marie-Christine - How totally fabulous! You just want to stroke that velvet..
    I don’t know what you mean by a project in a week. A t-shirt, from a pattern I already have adjusted? An hour. Pants, from my usual pattern? A day or two. A shirt, with cuffs and buttonholes and everything? A week could work, -if- I sewed every day (fat chance). Basically, it depends what kind of sewing you do. And what kind of time you have, how long the sessions, how much in between. I can easily drag something through a month, and I’m not even talking jackets. So don’t flog yourself, when you’re doing stuff like this beauty you need to focus on process and not consider time too much.
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  • Amy L - All your hard work shows in the beautiful finished product!
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  • tiffany - that jacket is really amazing! your pictures perfectly capture the joy i feel when i make something beautiful with my own two hands. btw, where did you get those pretty gloves?
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  • Anna | Mormor hade stil - Your jacket looks so stylish!
    I’m a slow sewer. Taking care of my baby girl leaves little time for me to sew, so any projects I undertake (on precious spare hours) seem to take forever. But I’m having loads of fun sewing baby clothing. :-)
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  • denise calhoun - Really gorgeous. You’ve motivated me for the Crepe sew-along.
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  • Angela - What a beautiful jacket!! You did a fabulous job! Hehe… I take forever on my projects sometimes and then sometimes I can knock it out in one day. It just depends on the project and my mood… I am a girl, you know? :)
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  • Meghan Dodrill - Oh, my – this is amazing! I love the jacket, the careful attention to details, and most of all, the styling. It’s all absolutely to die for. :-)
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  • Alessa - Wow, that looks soooo gorgeous! Beautiful!
    I have to admit I’m more of a quick and easy person… I’ve done mostly easy, basic projects up to now, though… I’d like to try some more difficult projects sometime soon, and learn some couture sewing techniques.
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