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The moment I flipped to the pattern for the Illusion Jacket in the first US edition of Burda Style and I was struck smitten. My heart was a flutter for the crazy fun sleeves. Added bonus of the jacket pattern was that going to be able to use my favorite fabric, ponte knit, in the garment.
The jacket length and lines reminded me of mid-century dress coats. And when I found the heavy weight laminated wool in metallic silver visions of 1960’s Paco Rabanne danced in my head.
Because glitter sealed wool is never enough, I lined my jacket in a vivid raspberry and when I wear the garment open the luscious color pops out and makes smile.
Construction Details: Sliver snaps are the closure. For the ponte knit under-sleeve I altered the pattern by cutting the cuff on a crosswise fold. In construction this encased the seam allowances creating a clean knit sleeve whose weight rivaled the outer laminated wool. I chose to line upper-sleeve in black satin, this created contrast, made a clean finish and also controlled the bulk at the sleeve join.

If you are so inclined to VOTE for my signature style over at Project Sewn…I’m #54! http://www.projectsewn.com/2014/02/week-4-signature-style.html