Waterfall Jacket and Palazzo Pants



Just 11 more days until the New Year!  I feel like something a little fancy to celebrate this year, so I decided to sew up this waterfall jacket and palazzo pants ensemble.   Although it may look like a lot to sew, these were all pretty easy pieces made from knit fabrics, so it was very manageable!   My jacket was made from a sueded scuba knit from Fabric Mart using Simplicity 2150.  The pattern is out of print, but it was in print pretty recently and for a long time, so I bet lots of people have it at home.   Here's the original pattern- I made View B, but made mine with full length sleeves and added about 1-1/2" to the overall length.




The pattern is designed to be made with a front facing, but when I tried it on, I really liked being able to see the wrong side's satin contrast in the waterfall collar.  If I sewed on the facing, I would lose that look, and would just be all the same color.  So, I chose to leave off the facing, which meant leaving the hem edge unhemmed as well so that all of the outside edges are raw.  Here it is with a white top.



For the white top, as I wanted something with a little bit of a draped neckline, made from a knit, that would fit under the jacket. I consider this more of a daytime look with the white.


For a nighttime look, I decided to switch to a black top.  I used a sheer knit to make Kwik Sew 4174. This is a tank top with an draped overlay.   It's hard to get black details to show up in photos, so you'll have to believe me when I tell you that this is a pattern you must get!!  So easy and so pretty! This is perfect for those sheer knits that you don't know what else to make with them.


 For years, I have dreamed of making up a pair of black palazzo pants from 4 ply silk.  I decided now is the time to make the palazzo pants, but I didn't use silk. You really will not believe what I used to make these- a fleece lined active wear knit!  You would never know by looking at them on the outside, but they feel wonderful on the inside.  For winter, this is way better than silk!   For this style, I used Vogue 1452.  Because my fabric had stretch in both directions, I was able to lay the pattern pieces out on the crosswise grain, and got these incredibly full pants out of just 2 yards.

They have just the slightest sheen and I think look very expensive!  I did not have to add any length to mine, and since I'm 5'9" and wearing heels, take that into consideration if you make these.  You might need much less fabric if you are considerably shorter or are wearing flats.


The back of the jacket has princess seams and a belt, just for a little extra interest. Can you tell that I didn't hem the jacket?  I used a rotary cutter so that all of the edges are straight.


Here is my favorite accessory- who looks good with anything- Fred, my cat.   I inconspicuously tacked the waterfall collar in place, so that I wouldn't have to worry about readjusting it constantly.   So I can pick up my cat or anything else and the collar should still stay in place.

I wish you a wonderful end of 2018 and all the best for all of 2019!

Happy Sewing!
Ann



5 comments

  1. Wow, what a nice outfit and it’s so very flattering on you. The fleece lined active knit is a surprise. I’m going to check it out. I like to wear skirts but it’s cold in Michigan this time of year.

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  2. I like the whole look, and think you were right to leave the front facing off of the jacket. You look wonderful!

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  3. I agree with Vanessa, what a great call to leave the facing off the jacket. The whole outfit is incredibly attractive and based on your fabric choices, probably pretty comfortable as well.

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  4. Love all of these looks! That jacket is so versatile!

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  5. You look elegant in this color for the jacket. I like how you styled this with palazzo pants. You will be celebrating the new year in style!

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