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