Sunday, March 06, 2011

A Jacket and a Dress

Here is the bolero jacket (V7617) and the Versace Inspired Dress together:


This is the jacket alone on Lulu:


Some stats:

Fabric:
Wool Lace Knit from Elliott Berman

Notions:
Bias binding made from the navy tropical wool used in the Versace Inspired Dress


Some construction notes:

I added a back seam to the bolero...


After rereading Nancy K's comment in my initial post about this bolero, I decided that the jacket did need a dart so I added one...


The bolero is unlined and I used black silk organza instead of fusible interfacing in the collar and bolero front as the pattern instructions suggest.  I cut the shoulder seams down by 1".  And I added to the bicep width of the sleeves by adding an inch to either side of the sleeve.  Yes, this did increase the amount of the sleeve cap but since I had increased the amount of the armhole opening it worked.

That's it!  This was a very easy sew.  The most difficult part was making all of the bias binding from the tropical wool.  Lots of steam and a very liberal use of the clapper insured that I got all of the bias binding I needed.  There were also a lot of pins used to apply it to the jacket before it was machine stitched to the jacket.

I love the way these two pieces work together.  I will be able to wear it drama style (hat and flower) to church on Sunday and with pearls to work.


So now that this project is F-I-N-A-L-L-Y done!  I want to finish up the skirt and cardigan that have been laying on the cutting table patiently waiting to be completed...

Parting Shot:
My youngest daughter is now taking my pictures and she always makes me laugh by her comments or posing suggestions...so here is an outtake photo.


...as always, more later!

73 comments:

  1. Your out take photo is great. I love the pic with the hat too. Now let's get to the outfit---gorgeous, everything, the bolero, choice of fabrics, skill, details, everything. You just get better and better, Carolie.

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  2. What a great outfit! And that top shot is terrific.

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  3. You are AWESOME!!! That is one sharp outfit. I also like the new photo poses.

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  4. Bravo! Bravo!! Your "church look" is stunning! What a great piece to have in your wardrobe! I bet you find lots of opportunities to wear it. And that wool lace is so pretty!

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  5. The bolero is very flattering on you and it goes wonderfully with your dress.

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  6. Gorgeous! That bolero certainly sets the dress off perfectly.

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  7. Lovely, Carolyn, just lovely. And I especially like the outtake photo :-)

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  8. You look like a model in a magazine shoot! Bravo. That jacket works well for you.

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  9. Oh, boy, do you look incredible! A stunning outfit.

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  10. Absolutely fabulous. I love when it turns out. And honestly - I love seeing you smile, thank your daughter. g

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  11. Carolyn, this dress and jacket together are absolutely stunning! I'm amazed! You look so beautiful in these photos... it's so obvious that you feel very proud of your work! Wow! I'm so glad you put all your other projects on hold to get this one done. Amazing. Great job!

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  12. You go girl! I really like that hat.

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  13. Now that's what I'm talking about!!!! WOW! That bolero is amazing and it really sets off your dress. I love both garments. Kudos to you.

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  14. As usual you look great. You fit yourself so well. I'm struggling with fitting myself. My mission is to solve my fitting issues this year. I had planned to name my dressform LuLu when she arrives. Maybe I'll think of something else that will be inspirational.

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  15. This looks sooooooo good on you! Nice touch with the flower, and the hat!

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  16. A perfect topper! Very nice.

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  17. the bolero came out great, the hat is a nice touch, this looks great on you

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  18. Perfect topper for the dress, it looks fantastic. Many style points to you!

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  19. Amazing outfit. Both pieces are just adorable.

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  20. Wow, this combo looks amazing! Why can´t I come up with something like that? :-)
    Seriously though, I have been admiring your sewing and your ability to take an inspiration from a picture and turn it into something awesome, for quite a while now!

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  21. You're so good! It looks fantastic and I love it with the hat. Great job.

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  22. I love it. The accessories make it perfect.

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  23. A wonderful outfit. You are an inspiration to us all.

    Kathy in Oz

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  24. Carolyn it's beautiful!!! And you look so nice in it.

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  25. BRAVO!!!!! Wonderful... I do like it with the hat also! Very Dramatic! Did you wear it to Church yesterday? I'll bet you got raves!!!
    I can just hear your DD saying things like, work with me, work with me!!
    It's turned out great. Definetly into the details aren't we! LoL...

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  26. That's a super outfit! That dress and little jacket can go anywhere--to work, church, to a dinner party. Perfect for any occasion. reminds me of "Breakfast at Tiffanys".

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  27. Love the jacket, it really makes it a special outfit. Love the pic with the hat. So Sassy.

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  28. Carolyn it looks fabulous and fabulous on you!!! Love the hat!

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  29. Looking Good!!! Great job!!!

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  30. Beautiful, everything you make is. Can you explain how you do the alterations on the sleeve. (increasing the armhole.

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  31. Each of these pieces is individually gorgeous - together they make a stellar outfit!

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  32. I love your outfit and the flower & hat accessories tops it off just right!

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  33. Really nice, Carolyn! You always find treasures at Elliot Berman.

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  34. Beautiful outfit. I especially love it with the hat, very sharp..

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  35. You look SO chic and sophisticated!

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  36. What a great outfit! I love it with the hat too, for Sundays.

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  37. I have been making a lot of bolero jackets recently, and they are a wonderful addition to any wardrobe. Your outfit is just beautiful.

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  38. It's beautiful...you really knocked it out of the park on this one!!!

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  39. You look like a movie star!
    Yes, pins and pins attaching binding just right but you are a pro!

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  40. That is absolutely fantastic - Love the look and the fit and the design. I wish I had your talent.

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  41. love it!! that fabric is so gorgeous, i can't get over it. :) and the bolero really pops with this dress- great look!

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  42. Looks fantasti!. An inspired ensemble!

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  43. You are soooo cute! Yap, the bolero definitely looks better then the cardigan. That first picture was too die for. Love it.

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  44. FABULOUS! Leave that cardigan on the hanger for this one :)

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  45. Aww sooky-sooky,now!
    That is one "tuff" outfit! What a great look on you...and, the hat... need I say more!
    I love it!!

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  46. Fantastic! You look so chic and elegant. You outdid yourself, if that is possible.

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  47. Fantastic outfit! I just love the bolero, it is the perfect finishing touch.

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  48. Amazingly beautiful! I especially like it with the hat and flower pin.

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  49. This is absolutely gorgeous - one of your best outfits. I love the whole look with the hat and everything - it's a total Audrey Hepburn look!

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  50. Wow! Absolutely, Perfectly Beautiful!

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  51. Fantastic bolero, it is perfect for the dress. Amazing job.

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  52. Awesomely Outstanding... You look Fabulous!!!!!

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  53. Outstanding! Carolyn you are working that outfit. Love, love it.

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  54. Very Nice! I had seen that Versace dress before and didn't appreciate it until now.

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  55. Well, that is just stunning Carolyn! The bolero is the perfect length - cropped, but still long enough to provide a nice silhouette. Beautiful!

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  56. Gorgeous! Love the dress and the jacket separately - AND together!

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