Sunday, January 31, 2016

Silver Silk Three's a Charm Jacket



I was in love with this pattern the second Decades of Style started giving sneak peeks on Instragram... such a cute style that can be made in so many different fabrics! I love that the shape allows it to be worn with a dress or otherwise, too. 


It's an unlined, fitted jacket with fisheye darts in front and back, plus bust darts and shoulder darts for shaping. I love the pointy shape of the front bodice. It's perfect for highlighting a fun statement button (although I went sans button for this particular jacket) and your waist.


On a roll with cutting into my silk stash after my green Roberts blouse, I went with some Thai dupioni silk. I had purchased a remnant at the Jim Thompson factory outlet a few years ago that was the exact amount needed for this jacket... fate, I tell you. It's a gorgeous silver color. Interestingly, when you look at the threads up close, they're actually cream in one direction, and alternating navy and grey in the other. I find it fascinating that those colors blend together to make this silvery metallic sheen!


The problem I discovered with this fabric, though: it wrinkles like a mofo, and shreds like one, too. To keep the silk's sheen, I didn't pre-wash this time (gasp!!). I was thinking I would treat this one with trips to the dry cleaner. I dunno, though... the stiffness of the fabric makes me think maybe I should toss it in the washer on delicate? 


The stiffness is particularly evident in the darts, which look like I didn't press them (I did, I swear!) and the sleeves, which kinda makes it look like I am wearing exhaust ducts on my arms. Well, either that or robot arms a la Bender or Plex. What say you, sewing friends? Wash? Don't wash?


Speaking of sleeves, I found them to be a bit long, at least in my size. It looks like they're bracelet length on the models and they're described as 3/4 sleeves, but somehow on me, they're in that no-man's land between that and full-length. Next time I'll give shorten them a bit. I'll have to figure out whether to do the shortening at the upper or lower arm, because the sleeves on this jacket have an elbow dart. Why don't all sleeves have an elbow dart? Makes sense, the elbow being so bendy and all. 


I might narrow the sleeves a bit at the forearm, too, while I'm at it.


This was my first time working with a Decades of Style pattern and I would recommend it- very professional, lots of nice details, thorough instructions. Good stuff! I have their E.S.P. dress pattern in my stash and I am thinking of bumping it up the queue now!


Other than my very minor (and easily remedied issues with the sleeves, I am really loving the fit of the jacket! I definitely plan to try sewing it in a fabric that is a bit easier to work with and more of an every day fabric than silk. Tanya's plaid version has me thinking plaid might be the way to go...

35 comments:

  1. Oh. My. Gawd. That is sooooo classy! It's really, really lovely on you! Don't wash it yet - I bet it'll relax with a bit of wear? It's SO pretty!

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    1. Ha ha, thanks, Gillian! You're right, maybe it will relax. Some Bangkok humidity certainly has to soften it up a bit, right?

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  2. Love it! Damn, why didn't I find some time for fabric shopping in Bangkok!

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  3. I Love it. It suits to you. :)

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  4. What a great pattern and it looks great on you. I have 4m of a blue-ish Jim Thompson silk that is still waiting for the perfect make. I am sitting here dreaming of the Jim Thompson factory outlet - I wish I knew about it when we visited!

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    1. Thanks, Claire! Ah, sorry you missed the outlet! You'll have to come back!

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  5. I love this pattern, great in silk. The arms don't look robotty to me, I can see much more life and softness in that silk!! I walked away from a black silk that looked like gingko leaves at the fabric store last week, as I wasn't sure what I could make from it. Of course now I see this pattern this week!

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    1. Ha, isn't that always how it is? I hope the silk softens up!!

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  6. It looks great with the black top and pants! I think I would probably toss it in the washer, but I tend to be impulsive like that.

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    1. Ha ha, I am resisting the urge to be impulsive on this one, but it's oh so tempting!

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  7. Super gorgeous! It doesn't look robot-y at all! It certainly looks like you could dress up or dress it down. That silk is to die for!

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    1. Thanks, Tanya! Ok, glad it's not too robot-y...! Isn't the fabric pretty? Not the easiest to work with, but just gorgeous.

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  8. Lovely jacket. Can you put a leftover scrap in the wash to see what will happen to the fabric, before risking the jacket?

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    1. Good thinking- I'll dig up a scrap!!

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  9. "Decades of Style" is the perfect name for the company this pattern originated from. This is a jacket that is classic and will never go out of style. I love it.

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    1. Thanks, Tasha! It really is a great, timeless jacket style. I am pumped to make it in some other fabrics!

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  10. Such a gorgeous jacket and the length of it really suits you! I love the detail in the bodice and elbow darts....sounds extremely sensible to me! I wouldn't risk washing it in a machine, maybe just spot clean or dry clean? Well done!

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    1. Thanks!! I won't wash it yet, for sure. I may try washing a scrap to see if it softens up without losing the sheen, and then go from there!

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  11. This jacket is so great! I adore that fabric and I certainly didn't think robot arms at all until I got to that part of the post. I vote for washing a scrap to see what happens. I hope it does soften up for you but I think it's amazing as is!

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    1. Thanks, Teri! I think I'll go with the scrap washing and see how it goes...

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  12. What a gorgeous fabric!! So classy! This little jacket is awesome and it looks like it would be a great staple no matter what fabric you make it in - dressy or more casual. Personally, knowing who I am, I would throw it in the wash on delicate and see what happens. Hopefully that will soften it up a bit, but even if it doesn't it still looks fab!

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    1. Thanks, Heather!! I'm really looking forward to making this jacket in other fabrics.

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    1. Thanks!! Ha ha, the wash v. don't wash vote is split right down the middle!!

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  14. Looks great! Do NOT throw in the washing machine ... I suggest measure your scrap (or trace it into paper) BEFORE washing it. Maybe hand wash one scrap in cold water and machine wash another scrap on delicate. Compare them

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    1. Definitely leaning towards scrap washing! Good idea to compare methods...

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  15. It looks so good - maybe the stiffness contributes to it looking so good. The arms look fine. I hope you get lots of use out of it.

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  16. Fancy lady!

    I made a plaid skirt in silk dupioni a couple years ago and I threw it in the washing machine. For the skirt, it was a bad move--the fabric definitely softened up, but it went kind of limp, without any accompanying drape. It also totally muted the colors and sheen. But maybe that wouldn't be so bad for a jacket like this? I'd wash your scraps and see what happens!

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  17. I love your fabric! I'm working on this jacket right now and was interested to read your comments about the sleeves. The pattern shows 3/4 sleeves but they seem longer. I think I will lengthen them a little bit. I have also made 2 of the esp dresses and just love them!

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  18. Hi. Love your jacket. Did you make a FBA?

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