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Armani Wool Jacket

Added Mar 20, 2011

by ahearta

Seattle, Washing...






The beautiful Armani wool, buttons, and pattern for this jacket were birthday gifts from my mother-in-law. She even included matching thread! Over the last many months, I’ve been slowly making this jacket in my free time (when I wasn’t distracted by smaller projects or Sew-Alongs!).

Very Easy Vogue V8429 was a simple and straight forward pattern to follow. This jacket is actually the first piece of clothing I’ve ever made by myself, for myself. My favorite part of the construction was seeing how much structure the lining added to the jacket. Just adding the lining made the jacket go from a few sewn together pieces of fabric to the shell of a jacket.

I love the finished product. I think it has a nice, subtle Asian feel to it that sets it apart from the ready-to-wear jackets I currently own.

More on my blog, Sew Well.

Material Notes

The jacket is made from a beautiful gray Armani wool with the perfect buttons for notions. The lining of the jacket is a black bamboo/cotton blend.




Fall, Winter
Garment Type
Cotton, Wool


Fashion Fabric and Buttons

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    Feb 14, 2012, 03.57 PMby reginaanne

    I don’t think you can continue to call yourself a novice if you can capture the Armani look this well. It’s not just the fabric and the buttons, your jacket is beautifully constructed. Brava!

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    Aug 16, 2011, 09.31 PMby flowergirl22

    really lovely,, love the buttons

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    Jun 17, 2011, 02.12 PMby threadsquare

    Wow! That wool is to die! The clean lines of the jacket suit it so nicely.

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      Jun 17, 2011, 11.43 PMby ahearta

      Thanks. It came together quite well. I was very pleased with the final result.

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    Mar 29, 2011, 09.58 AMby tasallison

    arghh! this fabric is so beautiful! i saw it on the website and wanted to buy some but couldn’t afford it…but your coat is so pretty!! just goes to show it pays to buy nice quality fabric :-) love the project!

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      Apr 1, 2011, 05.45 PMby ahearta

      Thanks! Yes, from what I’ve learned this past year of sewing, a nice quality fabric makes a huge difference in the outcome of a garment. Though, there are plenty of amazing projects on this site that have started from a used bed sheet!

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    Mar 22, 2011, 12.54 PMby lesley2tall

    I love everything about it! The fabric, the notions, the pattern; Wonderfully selected and executed.

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      Mar 23, 2011, 03.34 AMby ahearta

      Thank you so much!

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    Mar 21, 2011, 07.38 PMby Ooty Yaacobi

    Oh so pretty =)

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      Mar 22, 2011, 01.19 AMby ahearta

      Why thank you! And thanks for also commenting on my blog.

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    Mar 21, 2011, 04.51 PMby marissabee

    This is the first piece of clothing you’ve ever sewn??? Time to quit your day job; it is fantastic!

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      Mar 22, 2011, 01.18 AMby ahearta

      Ha! But thank you. To clarify, this actually isn’t my first completed garment. This is the first garment that I ever started, but I took a break in February for Male Pattern Boldness’s Men’s Shirt Sew-Along (which you can see in my projects if you’d like). Since the shirt I made then was for my husband, I still count this as my first piece of clothing for myself. I also helped make my wedding dress, but I did so little for it that I also don’t count it either.

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    Mar 21, 2011, 02.14 PMby anajan

    Super cute jacket, and so neatly executed.

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      Mar 22, 2011, 01.13 AMby ahearta

      Thank you, thank you thank you!

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    Mar 21, 2011, 06.58 AMby Ralf Schmitz

    such an elegant and clean line! i love love love this jacket and the material is adorable! (lucky you in the US with such a great fabric store!

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      Mar 22, 2011, 01.13 AMby ahearta

      I’m glad you like the jacket. It’s wonderful getting such a compliment from someone who’s been sewing so long. As for the fabric store, FineFabrics.com ships overseas. I’m not sure if there would be too many customs fees to make it worth your while, but I have never been disappointed from a single fabric that I’ve purchased from FineFabrics.com.

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    Mar 21, 2011, 02.54 AMby runningwithscissors1

    Very nice! What a thoughtful MIL to get such a wonderful gift! Beautiful job.

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      Mar 22, 2011, 01.05 AMby ahearta

      Thank you! And, yes, I was really excited when I opened my birthday present this year. My mother-in-law has been wonderfully supportive for my sewing hobby. I’m newly married, and it’s been a good way for us to bond.

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    Mar 20, 2011, 05.20 PMby happyseamstress

    Absolutely gorgeous! Beautiful fabric and an interesting pattern. And very well made!

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      Mar 21, 2011, 12.22 AMby ahearta

      Thanks! As both the fabric and pattern were gifts, I can’t take credit for pairing them together, but I think they perfectly compliment the interesting and beautiful character of each other.

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    Mar 20, 2011, 02.27 PMby Testosterone

    Simply stunning!

    Luv those buttons.

    The jacket is like an origami envelope containing a person. High art, that’s what it is.

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      Mar 21, 2011, 12.21 AMby ahearta

      The buttons are my favorite part. And, I love your description of the jacket – an origami envelope. Too perfect.

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    Mar 20, 2011, 02.20 PMby analogue

    I love everything about this jacket: the style, the fabric, the fit and the craftmanship. Beautiful work!

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      Mar 21, 2011, 12.20 AMby ahearta

      Thank you! The fabric really does make the pattern. And, fortunately for my novice skills, fitting a coat is pretty straight forward. It was definitely a good beginner project.

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    Mar 20, 2011, 01.59 PMby Natasha Venzke

    This is great, it looks really comfortable but stylish.

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      Mar 21, 2011, 12.20 AMby ahearta

      Thank you so much!

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    Mar 20, 2011, 09.37 AMby Debby H

    I love it and it looks great on you. Something I would love to make in the futrue.

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      Mar 21, 2011, 12.18 AMby ahearta

      You should definitely check out the pattern. It really was straight forward and easy to make.

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    Mar 20, 2011, 09.09 AMby nikotina

    So so pretty and so well made, good job enjoy it.

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      Mar 21, 2011, 12.16 AMby ahearta


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