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The Octopus' Garden Jacket

Added Dec 12, 2011

by poppykettle

Melbourne, Austr...






Made from Vogue 8307, using a silk boucle from Tessuti whose colour-way is called ‘Octopus’ Garden’. It was a disturbingly loosely woven fabric, so I interfaced and underlined all the bodice and sleeve pieces before putting together, as well as using horsehair canvas to give the collar some structure.

The pattern would have you make a big feature out of three large buttons or toggle closures, but as my fabric is really rather busy, I decided to keep it to hidden snap closures instead. To emphasize the collar which would otherwise become lost against the fabric texture, I added a bias binding trim around all the edges in a matching teal blue dupion. I’m in love with the end result :)

More pictures and tailoring business over at my blog

Material Notes

Shell fabric – Silk boucle, lined with silk habotai and trimed with silk dupion. A silk trifecta!




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    Jan 15, 2012, 04.44 PMby mwelland

    I just checked out the bias trim and mitred corners tutorial on your blog for this jacket. So helpful! The jacket looks amazing.

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      Jan 15, 2012, 09.22 PMby poppykettle

      Thankyou! Glad to hear they were useful to someone other than myself :)

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    Jan 13, 2012, 07.34 AMby samuella

    does lining goes up to the lower and sleeve edges, or are there any facing pieces in between? great job, i´m dealing with something alike… such a tricky task

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      Jan 15, 2012, 09.24 PMby poppykettle

      Hi Samuella – I put a facing piece at the sleeves as well, otherwise the sleeve lining might have showed. Cheers, Melanie

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    Jan 13, 2012, 02.15 AMby sailgal

    that is such a cool jacket. I’m inspired, thank you

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    Jan 12, 2012, 03.21 AMby carolyn-s

    It looks beautiful! And suits you perfectly!

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      Jan 15, 2012, 09.24 PMby poppykettle

      Thanks Carolyn :)

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    Jan 11, 2012, 09.55 PMby jmelsha

    The cut of the jacket is perfect for this fabric. It looks great.

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    Jan 11, 2012, 09.50 PMby carottesauvage

    you pull it off with great panache!!!!

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      Jan 15, 2012, 09.25 PMby poppykettle

      haha – thanks!

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    Jan 11, 2012, 09.18 PMby blueshoegal

    OMG that is lovely! Well done :)

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    Jan 11, 2012, 07.55 PMby AGoodWardrobe

    Congratulations on the feature! Definitely deserved – it’s an amazing jacket and looks great on you!

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    Dec 24, 2011, 04.13 PMby mojo elgin

    Your jacket is absolutely gorgeous! Love the colors, love the style! Great job

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      Jan 15, 2012, 09.25 PMby poppykettle

      Thanks a million Mojo :)

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    Dec 13, 2011, 03.31 PMby mynameisdavid

    This is amazing! I love the collar, and the color looks fantastic on you :)

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      Jan 15, 2012, 09.25 PMby poppykettle

      Love your work David :)

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    Dec 13, 2011, 03.58 AMby poppykettle

    Thank you all so much for your wonderful comments – I’m really touched! x

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    Dec 13, 2011, 12.39 AMby nouvellegamine

    i love the trim. it really does set the collar off perfectly. i have a vintage store bought jacket that has nearly the same collar & it closes with large buttons & loops.

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    Dec 12, 2011, 10.53 PMby LaraGa

    What a great jacket! Nice job!

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    Dec 12, 2011, 04.29 PMby Liora Litman-Cohen

    wow! this one is incredible! and the tree too! :-)

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    Dec 12, 2011, 12.45 PMby omgdora

    Oh my. I’m in love with your fabric!

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    Dec 12, 2011, 11.39 AMby martinK

    what a beautiful work!!!! vogue have the most elegant patterns. I hope to make a lovely dress one day!

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    Dec 12, 2011, 10.55 AMby jennyrecorder

    Just gorgeous :)

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    Dec 12, 2011, 08.54 AMby irmchen

    That fabric is a dream! Well done!

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    Dec 12, 2011, 07.38 AMby olac

    Love the pattern and the fabric.

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    Dec 12, 2011, 07.37 AMby Ralf Schmitz

    what a lovely jacket in great colors! you can be very proud of your result and it suits you more than well!

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    Dec 12, 2011, 06.08 AMby laikadoll

    Ca alors! Tres chic, ma chere!

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    Dec 12, 2011, 03.55 AMby runningwithscissors1

    Very nice and a beautiful colour too.

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    Dec 12, 2011, 03.00 AMby Fipp

    This is a beautiful jacket. I especially like the vibrant color that you chose. Good Job!

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    Dec 12, 2011, 02.04 AMby schnui

    Your jacket is beautiful and beautifully made. I think your idea to put dupion silk bias on the edges is brilliant. I have also used a similar fabric to make a suit and I lined the fabric completely with ‘Whisperweft’ before I cut all the pieces out. It gave it body and stopped the fraying and also stopped the skirt from having that seating look when you stood up after sitting down.Enjoy wearing your jacket, it looks great on you.

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