Added Feb 3, 2012
An Armani Collezioni velvet jacket with pleated collar (pictured left) from Nieman Marcus was my inspiration to enter the Midnight Magic Sewing Contest 2011 along with using my new Viking Designer Ruby Embroidery/Sewing machine to make something “Magical”.
Butterick B5720 by Connie Crawford was a perfect match to create the special occasion black velveteen jacket with Italian wool satin asymmetrical softly pleated neckline frill. The jacket back and sleeves are embellished with machine embroidered elegant scroll motifs, accented with Swarovski Jet Black Lochrosen crystals and seed beads.
The jacket is paired with fully lined wool gabardine pants (Butterick by Connie Crawford B5690).
It’s All About the Details…
“Focus on Fit” to include back length adjustment for sway back, round shoulders and full hipline
Machine embroidered motifs on back center panel and sleeves with hand applied crystals
Hand sewn hair canvas interfacings (front, shoulders [front/back], sleeve and jacket hem)
Fully underlined with silk organza to support tailoring details
Inset gathered sleeve caps and shoulder pads
Hand-picked under-stitched jacket front facing
Sewing for Success Tips:
Focus on Fit! Your time and effort will be rewarded and look like you lost 5 pounds!
Use small zig-zag for long seams in velvet to ensure smooth hang without puckers
Cover ironing board with extra padding (quilt batting worked great) and cover with velvet
Black Velveteen (100% Cotton) – Frames, Crafts & Things, Fayetteville, NC
Italian Wool Satin – G Street Fabrics, Rockville, MD
Underlined with Silk Organza – Waechters Fabrics, Asheville, NC
Embroidery Design – Embroidery Library – Swirling Elegance Design Pack – Lg X7689
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