Akris Collection’s Peplum Jacket on the way!
I just love the knock off patterns from Vogue :) This time I tried the V8718 jacket which is almost the identical pattern of Akris’ 2010 resort collection. See for yourself:
The pattern envelope includes 5 items (jacket, t-shirt, dress, pencil skirt and pants). I was quite intrigued by the sleeves and the peplum-like waistband when I first saw the pattern (which was actually released months ago). While I was thinking about sewing a jacket for myself for this fall, I wanted to give the v8718 a try before the back to 80s fashion fades out - maybe it’s just me but the sleeves reminded me of the quirky 80s in a way.
I wanted to have my lining with a contrast color and I intent to show it in the peplum front. I like using cotton linings ‘cause it feels much better when wearing the outfit.
This is how it looks from the inside. I haven’t attached the lining to the jacket yet. But the peplum is required to be lined first.
The color of my jacket fabric matches the color of leaves on the lining. I’m hoping for a WOW effect on the peplum front when finished. We’ll see how it goes…
The sleeves… Oh the sleeves! The only reason for me to buy this pattern. I adored it on the actual designer’s collection (AKRIS resort collection 2010) and I adored it in Vogue’s pattern store (v8718).
But I had a feeling that if I used the pattern as it is, I might have ended up with giant balloon-like sleeves! So I resized the sleeve pattern quite a bit ‘cause the pattern photo may sometimes fool you with size 0 models!
Once you get the idea on how such sleeves are done, it becomes quite easy. I first used this technique when I made my Roland Mouret Galaxy Dress (another knock off from Vogue Patterns :P ) More information on that project here: Galaxy Dress
I still haven’t figured out how to insert lining on a jacket (the bagging) :( Although this jacket doesn’t require such a technique, it needs a lot of hand-stitching.
The jacket has a stand-up collar which was quite easy to install.
Collar inside out…
Collar - with right sides on, ironed and ready to stitch onto the jacket.
I machine stitched the collar on the right side of the jacket and hand stitched the lining afterwards.
I’m still hand-stitching the remaining bits :(
… and hoping to look like her in a couple of days: :P
see you soon! :D