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I was telling the Sew Weekly gals how much I love that jacket up in that piccy, I spied it in my new favourite fashion book ‘New African Fashion‘ by Helen Jennings the designer, Gloria Wavamunno. The jacket is radically unique and I believe she belongs perched on my shoulders and this is perfect timing because for this weeks challenge we are sewing for opposite temperatures, excellent stuff because I’m already planning my winter wardrobe, my mind works on all kinds of mysterious levels.

I’ve been watching what the other clever ladies have made and there are girls in bikini’s standing in snow, bananas! I suggested to one lady that she should definitely draw up a snow-angel in her fancy retro bikini, it would certainly cool me down.

On to the jacket; remember when the Balmain jacket was big a couple of years back? you would see this baby on the hot shoulders of some fancy model or socialite on Jak & Jill Blog doing her best walk for Tommy Tom in a gorgeous pair of Louboutins, I would right-click and save these images to my “one day I’m going to make that little piece of awesomeness’ folder on my hard drive. I really want to be that person, the person who can see something and sew it to the best of her ability. The sleeves are a slightly different shape but whose judging, the silhouette of this jacket is exactly what I was working towards.


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Here is the jacket standing in a vacant laneway in Fitzroy Melbourne with a face that is trying really hard not to laugh, hubby was yelling out ‘come on baby work it’ and then fell flat on his arse in the process it was a funny moment so much so I almost twisted my ankle in my favourite red-hot wedges on the uneven ground from laughter. If there were any onlookers they would of thought we were liquored up; that happened later. Melbourne is known for her four-seasons-in-one-day kinda temperature so venturing out in my skinny jeans and my new ‘radically unique’ jacket (hehe) really wasn’t an issue weather-wise, no chaffing of the thighs or sweaty armpits it really was the perfect afternoon.


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I wrote about the construction here, I’m really really pleased with how easy this all came together, the pattern is McCall’s M4928. The Ankara inspired fabric is rayon so it was placed over the suiting, way too thin to hold up it’s own I think. The handmade piping running between the panels front and back is black and white gingham, a fancy breaking up of panels don’t you think? You can read about the construction of the sleeves over on SW it would be quicker for you to make one click than for me to retype, the cheap-arse battery I placed in my keyboard is running low, if I can write this post before it blows I’ll be happy.


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You know how I’m naming my garments after a song? I’ve named this beauty The Otherside Of the Game Jacket after Erykah Badu’s song from her first album Baduizm. She’s one of my favourite artists and her style—in my eyes is second to none. A total inspiration.


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Here is the jacket walking the walk, I’m so proud of  those shoulders, I’ll be walking proud wearing this baby.

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There she is resting after a big afternoon, trust me she’ll be needing it because I’ll be giving her a bloody good workout in the colder months.

Happy sewing…see you next week peeps.

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16 Responses to “The Otherside Of The Game Jacket”

  • Tryna:

    love it…. and you are soooo ‘that’ person…

  • Fashion Bitch NZ:

    I love it, and you wear it with a real attitude. I assume the pattern is an old one, but since the shoulders were modified anyway I can image several similar patterns working

  • Kazz:

    Thanks Tryna I’m working on it.

  • Kazz:

    Thank you Michelle, yep any jacket pattern will do, it’s the sleeves only that have been modified. Glad you like it!

  • Superb. What a great look! As my ballroom dancing teacher would say, you have legs up to your armpits. I’m off to check out the construction details now.

  • ally:

    oh i have ALWAYS loved the silhouette on the Balmain Jacket… TOOO friggen awesome.. when I grow up I wanna make what ever I love too… Rockin it girl xxxx

  • debi:

    I just had to comment here too as I just LOVE this jacket and you look amazing! I just love your sense of style!

  • Amy:

    Kazz, i was just admiring Mrs McGonagalls sleeves and collar in the 6th Harry Potter movie on Saturday night (movie night with the kids of course) and then i see this. Amazing. Too clever. I so wish we could have seen the stack too – go steve

  • Amy:

    oh i meant shoulders, not sleeves.

  • Kazz:

    Thanks Amy, I’ll look out for those Harry Potter shoulders. You would of laughed as much as we did, too funny.

  • Kazz:

    Thank you Debi, you’re so sweet. Glad you like it, I cant wait for it to cool down so I can wear it :P

  • Kazz:

    Yay I knew you would appreciate this little piece of awesomeness Ally, power to the power shoulders. hehe

  • Kazz:

    Thank you Catherine you made me laugh, hubby calls me legs eleven, the shoes helped them reach 11 :P

  • Kat:

    This is a truly a-maze-ing jacket, Kazz! I love what you’ve done with it – the fabric combo, the shoulders. It’s a knockout!

  • Kazz:

    Thanks so much Kat, I love it too, cant wait to wear it when the weather cools down.

  • Amy:

    This whole getup is sublime… those shoes!!! I found my way here via SW and had to comment because I’m just in awe of this jacket. I’ve been a bit obsessed with Balmain shoulders since they first came out and also thought one day I’d attempt something of the sort. But this just takes it to a whole other level. Awesomeness.

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