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Alexander McQueen: Showstudio Jacket

Added Nov 8, 2010

by mahaila

Berlin, Germany






For a long time I wanted to make one of the pieces on the showstudio design download. I decided to attempt to construct the Alexander McQueen jacket for my sisters 21st. After many hours of pain, frustration, doubt and elation I finally finished it . I finished the garment a few months before the world of fashion lost such an inspirational and talented figure. I learnt a lot from this jacket and would encourage sewers to have a go at it.

My blog fickle sense

pattern can be found here along with others. http://showstudio.com/project/designdownload/alexander.mcqueen
I plan to try the john galliano next.




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    Apr 14, 2011, 06.42 PMby karinsi

    Fantastic look! I’ve printed and assembled the pieces, just need to find the right fabric, wish me luck!

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    Jan 18, 2011, 10.55 AMby mari-wa

    Hi! Love this project! I’m starting on my own McQueen jacket today! Just one question: Which size would you say it is? I don’t think it an easy task to change the size on this one, and I guess I’ll try to make it anyhow, but I do hope it will be wearable when it’s done!!

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      Jan 21, 2011, 07.26 AMby mahaila

      My sister and I are size 8 australian (XS). It fits both of us. I am sure your version will turn out great! Good luck.

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    Jan 13, 2011, 09.00 PMby lila-1

    Question…what size was the pattern when you printed it out?

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      Jan 15, 2011, 05.52 AMby mahaila

      I assumed that the pattern would be one of the smallest sizes. e.g. size 8 australian (sorry I don’t know NZ sizes, maybe we have the same??). My sister and I are a size 8 and it fits us both well. I did not make any adjustments to the pattern….I hope you have a go at making it, it was a challenge, but well worth it in the end

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    Nov 13, 2010, 01.04 PMby robbie1

    I like your plaid, ‘Black watch tartan’ I also did this in a red wool tartan, it remains as a tribute to the great man

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    Nov 13, 2010, 06.11 AMby carolyn-s

    Ooh, a fellow Perthie, hi! This jacket is truly gorgeous! You did an amazing job. I tried this once but after having to unpick a mess of weird darting once gave up in despair, your example is so good I think I’ll get back to it, thanks for the inspiration!

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    Nov 11, 2010, 07.30 AMby clareh

    Beautiful and inspiring. I still get teary when I think of McQueen. A fantastic way to honour him.

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    Nov 11, 2010, 03.20 AMby thecuriouskiwi

    I downloaded this pattern but I’ve been a bit unsure to try it, your version makes me like it much more, great work and the tartan print gives it a fun feel. Thanks so much for sharing, I bet you’ve inspired heaps of us to try this pattern now! xx

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      Nov 12, 2010, 04.26 PMby mahaila

      Thanks for the lovely comments. Yeah I had this pattern in my ‘to do pile’ for years. I finally decided to have a crack at it. Thanks again!

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    Nov 10, 2010, 05.47 PMby carottesauvage

    Great version! And the fabric choice is perfect!

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    Nov 10, 2010, 04.44 PMby rachelnyc

    Hey there Member Project of the Week! We love discovering awesome finds through our members, thanks!

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    Nov 9, 2010, 05.42 PMby burdastyle

    Bravo— job well done, it’s gorgeous. I have tried to download one of SHOWstudio’s patterns and I got a tiny overview layout of the pattern, not a true-to-life-size pattern. Do you have any suggestions for downloading the patterns? thanks! alison

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      Nov 11, 2010, 10.29 PMby mahaila

      heya, thanks for the feature! …. it was a while ago that I printed this one….the best way is to use the full size print. (I was lucky enough to have my boyfriend print it at his design office on the plan printer). From memory it was an A0 page, the one thing to make sure is that the Acrobat does not scale the pattern down. Thanks again!

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    Nov 9, 2010, 04.44 PMby cantare

    Wow this is beautiful, the fabric is perfect! What a nice sister are you! I miss him too…but his patterns live on.

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    Nov 9, 2010, 03.57 PMby slinkykitten

    Gorgeous jacket and very well executed. Well done – it’s look great!

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    Nov 9, 2010, 08.35 AMby kajawillip

    LOVE IT!!!! I downloaded this last year but have never plucked up the courage to start….Think this might be my next project!

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    Nov 9, 2010, 05.42 AMby smallone

    I have this on my to do but I am petite and am wondering about what size this makes up as? Yours looks absolutly fabulous!

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      Nov 9, 2010, 03.16 PMby mahaila

      thanks. My sister and I are both quite small, it fits both of us. We are generally a size XS. I did not make many size alterations. .. if that helps. sizing and fittings are definitely not my strength.

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      Nov 16, 2010, 03.28 AMby smallone

      yes thanks that helps a lot!! xs will totally work and I think if its a bit long in the body that its forgiving enough to work…ok back on my todo it goes :)

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    Nov 9, 2010, 01.13 AMby nyphertiti

    Wow, you did an amazing job. I’m not sure if I’d have the patience for something like this~

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    Nov 9, 2010, 01.12 AMby scarletohara

    beautiful piece!!!!! really well done :d i like it a lot

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    Nov 9, 2010, 12.56 AMby marloncosta

    Wow! You did a great job! I downloaded it and I`m scared just by looking at the pattern pieces.

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    Nov 9, 2010, 12.35 AMby peaches2218

    It’s really beautiful. I bet that in person it’s hard to stop looking at this jacket. It’s got so many interesting structural details.

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    Nov 9, 2010, 12.06 AMby bekaem

    That’s a brilliant version. I love your choice of fabric for this.

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    Nov 8, 2010, 10.19 PMby owlache

    Ooo I like it!

    Thanks for the website, I’m going to use some of those patterns! I’m fascinated by what people have done with the Margiela dress.

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    Nov 8, 2010, 10.10 PMby supercalla

    That looks awesome!

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    Nov 8, 2010, 09.40 PMby oranereuland

    I have downloaded the pattern the last week, and I was not really ready to start it. That’s look complicated!!!! You did a great job.

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    Nov 8, 2010, 07.58 PMby pink-cornelia

    the pain and frustration paid off. it looks amazing!

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