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Friday, January 27, 2012

Marci Tilton Jacket Vogue 8693

I was on such a roll the first 2 weeks of January, thanks to the Fabric Stash Contest, making 4 items, that I decided to tackle my most challenging project in the third week, while I still had plenty of time.  It's a good thing I did.  It took me a while to make this one, and I'm not sure I'd have the energy had I saved it for last!

Instead of the Butterick coat that I had planned, I made a last minute switch for Vogue 8693.   It's a Marci Tilton design, and this is the first one of her designs that I've made.  Lot's of people rave about her patterns- lots of neat angles, loose fitting and comfortable.
So, this jacket looks pretty simple on the face of it. But it is definitely an unusual design, and I had to concentrate on this one. My boucle fabric that wanted to ravel itself silly added to my challenge.
Lining with the points cut out.

The original jacket pattern only has you do a partial lining.  My fabric was a little on the thin side, and with Illinois weather, I decided it would be better to line the whole thing.  After it was done, I could catch glimpses of the lining in those points in the front.  So, I basically cut out a 8 inch triangle of the lining just in that area, and straight hemmed it across.  

 The collar is just awesome.  It is really nice and full and high.  You can see it here from the back.  I wouldn't need a scarf with this jacket. 
Single Welt pocket
Button detail

The single welt pockets were tricky and I'm sure that I didn't get them exactly right, but they are functional.   I used a girls' pony tail elastic to make a loop for an extra large button. 

I did add 1-1/2" to the length, and added a little extra width at the side, which I wouldn't have needed.  It's a loose fitting pattern, and even with a DD bust, I don't think I would have needed any extra room.  I also made a full bicep adjustment to be on the safe side.  I hate tight sleeves in jackets.

I like it!  The one problem that I've already encountered is that I can't wear it with prints.  I tried to walk out the door today with this jacket and a polka dot dress. I just happened to glance in the mirror, and realized it looked ridiculous.  But if I wear it with solids, I think it will work.  What do you think?



  1. I've looked at that pattern but just wasn't sure about it. If they put your version on the evelope it would have convinced me to buy it. Really cute.

  2. I lOVE that. The pink gloves really set it off.

  3. This is so beautiful and classy! I love it!

  4. This looks fabulous on you! I made this jacket a year ago and it was a disaster on me, but I have friends who made it and, like you, it looks fabulous on them. Kudos!

  5. I love it - I have this pattern, and want to make it, but I quite like the cream. While you're jacket may not go with patterned fabrics, it will look great with red, black and of course the grey you have on.

  6. Another "I love it"! Yes...with any solid color it would be fine and it looks very good on you.

  7. Looks wonderful! Love the pink gloves with it. I have this pattern, now I need to dig it out after seeing yours!

  8. Oh, I like this jacket and love it with the pink gloves. I think you are right. It will probably go best with solids.

  9. This is a great jacket! And the lining makes it look even more fabulous!

  10. Perfect choice of fabric ... love the splash of pink!!! Yes, I think I would go with the plains for this. You will just have to whip up another to wear with your prints...

  11. I LOVE your jacket! And the checkered print accentuates the points so beautifully! I like yours WAY better than the ones on the envelope!

  12. I really like the high neck on this jacket and will consider making it. Love the graphic pattern and the pop of pink is genius. I grew up in Illinois but now I have to prepare for a Canadian Rocky Mountain winter!


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