Saturday, February 25, 2012

Wardrobe Basics...The Jacket

One of the suggested garments for the Wardrobe Basics Sew Along was a puffy vest.  Another was a fur vest. Now, while I think these may be adorable (in fact I actually own a cute black puffy vest with fur trim),  they can be challenging to make, and challenging to wear. So, I’m thinking, the obvious substitute for these items is a jacket. Yup…a regular old jacket. Actually, I was quite surprised that a jacket wasn’t included in the Nate Burkus list that Lori referenced for our sew-along.

As you know, there are as many different “regular old jackets” as there are days in a year. So what could be a wardrobe staple? My choices are easy...

A blazer
A Trench or Safari jacket.
A denim jacket.

These are jackets I wouldn’t be without in my closet.  And think of the fun ways you can change them up to suit your own lifestyle… This post will feature some inspiration photos and a pattern reference for you to make your own! Just click on the links in the photo captions to see the RTW source and the pattern source.

Denim can be any color of the rainbow…or any color of the blue denim rainbow.  And denim is such a basic that will go with anything from shorts and skirts to dresses, slacks and maxi’s.

Eddie Bauer Classic Denim

Levis' Truckers Jacket
A Trench or Safari Jacket are classic must-haves…again, traditional black or tan could move aside for a brilliant color or print, or  you could change it up with a smart ponte knit for a more versatile layering piece. I like the idea of a more vintage style topper instead of the expected trench coat profile. 
Anthropologie Diagonals Coat
 Indygo Junction Midtown Trench


Ralph Lauren
Burda 02/2011 Safari Jacket #127
And the blazer. An absolute must. But let’s have fun here.  There are so many ways to make that blazer an attention-getter !
Think colors!
Old Navy Twill 
McCalls 6172, View B with Patch Pockets
Tory Burch Striped Magnus Jacket
  Vogue 8781

You can change up the sleeve length!

    Try Vogue 8777... just add some sleeve tabs.
Try it in wool, linen, gabardine, leather, cotton sateen, knit …the world is your fabric oyster! 
Nanette Lapore Knit

Burda Style 7283 would work up beautifully for this jacket

Modcloth  Knit Visiting Professor Jacket
   Hotpatterns Weekender Martini Jacket 
Tory Burch Leather

Burda Style 08/10 #114
Change up the style... Vintage,  a soft knit jacket, cropped or long....or something totally unexpected like a floral print.
Elizabeth and James Wool/Rayon

Marfy 1761 . Just add additional button details.
Pim and Larkin Floral Blazer

Butterick 5647 could work.
Gertie has a really, really cool sewing class on Craftsy that I am seriously considering The Retro-Style Starlet Suit Jacket... a vintage inspired jacket with tailoring details and techniques. 

Starlet Suit Jacket
I really love the style, and have been ready to step it up a notch in my sewing.  And the fact that I can’t take those kinds of classes where I live? It’s awesome to have the opportunity to "attend"  a class on line.

So what I am adding to my wardrobe basics? 
I am going to be making a classic light weight red wool jacket…but it will have a coral lining, using a great pattern that I've used before. Simplicity 2446.  I’m excited to get it started, because then, if I have enough fabric left,  I am going to make some red Clovers to go along with it!

Happy Saturday!


  1. thanks for all the inspiration and pattern suggestions. I have a great striped stretch woven in my stash, might have to make that Tory Burch jacket.

  2. Can't wait to see your red jacket!

  3. What a great set of inspiration. The Tory Burch jacket is really fun--especially in that coral. There was a lady at church a few weeks ago who had on jeans with a pink denim jacket--it was so cute. It wasn't until later that it occurred to me that she was even doing denim on denim.

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