Prada Inspired Jacket
The jacket for Prada inspired suit is done! I've been working on it quite a bit lately as I'd really like to have this suit done because I need to finish my Great Coat Sew Along Coat before the weather gets too cold!
I've used the BWOF model below as a starting point for the jacket. Remember that this jacket is "inspired by", but not an "exact copy" so there might be some similar design elements and some design elements that are not the same.
To start with, this jacket has raglan sleeves, and the Prada jackets do not. I did make the sleeves for this jacket as per the BWOF pattern, with a knit fabric for the sleeves only. I liked the idea, as it made the jacket seem more "sweater-like" to me.
The Prada jackets have a round neckline, where the BWOF had a v-neck. I wanted the round neckline, so I traced the neckline from one of my favorite cardigans (the red one, of course!) and modified the pattern. You can see the original line of the v-neck on the pattern piece below, and the amout I added. I also had to add more buttonholes and respaced them.
I decided to make the top buttonhole horizontal and the remainder vertical since my cardigans are like that, too. I know they are hard to see in the photo below, but they are there!
I also left the jacket longer as per the BWOF jacket. I added a lining to the woven fabric portions of the jacket and finished the facing edges with a strip of shiny gold fabric.
At the raglan seams, where the body meets the sleeves, I serged all the seam allowances together. I was tempted to bind the seams, but I think it would have been too bulky, with lining, lace, wool and knit fabric in addition to the binding itself. This treatment is just as clean and flatter than the binding.
So far, I'm really pleased with the suit. I only need to make a top to wear with it, and I'll do that tomorrow. It should be a simple, since it is a knit top made of my recently acquired winter white stretch velvet. I'll show you that later this week. Tomorrow will be an update on REC - I'm almost done!
Parting Shot: Back in Business. I've only done one alteration since June, and today my husband's aunt brought me a few things to alter: a brand new Calvin Klein coat and a Lauren by Ralph Lauren suit jacket.