Couture-ish Lace Jacket (aka THE WORST THING)


Black Lace Crop Jacket | allie J. (alliemjackson.com)

I have been really out of the loop blogging-wise recently, and instead of being a grown-up and admitting it is because I am busy reading Phryne Fisher mysteries wedding planning, I'm blaming bloglovin'. They changed their setup, and I can NOT figure out how it works! My #1 source of blogging inspiration comes from reading everyone else's gorgeous blogs (jealousy may be a deadly sin but it is such a great motivator).

Speaking of wedding planning--most of my sewing time has been spent working on my wedding dress. When I have a big project looming, it really cuts off my desire to sew, since I get nervous about important projects (um, hello, wedding dress!) and stall but feel guilty about working on anything else. This means I just avoid my sewing room and don't produce anything.

This project--I'm getting to it, I promise--was a nice compromise!


Black Lace Crop Jacket | allie J. (alliemjackson.com)Black Lace Crop Jacket | allie J. (alliemjackson.com)

My university, Washington and Lee (seen here) has a crazy-supportive alumni network that would be super useful if I had a job like politician, investment banker, lawyer, etc. etc. There's not so much in the way of networking for public children's librarians, but they do know how to throw a good party. At school, we have a Fancy Dress Ball every year. I think in the UK "fancy dress" means a costume party, but our Fancy Dress isn't costumed, it's basically just 4 more years of prom.  Then, after graduation, alumni groups hold similar events in NYC and various other locations. You could go to prom every year forever.

Obviously, an Event means a Dress, but Wedding Dress Fear/Guilt meant No Dress. I got around this by "muslining" my little lace jacket, the one that goes with my wedding dress.

I'd never sewn with lace like this, and I'd certainly never done a handsewn lace jacket or any hand sewing project this extensive. It took forever and I hated it. I hated every second of it.

I thread traced the pattern in white before slowly (SLOWLY) hand seaming every horrible dart and seam, using Susan Khalje's lapped lace method, making the seams practically invisible:

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By the time I got to the sleeves, I had listened to about 7,000 hours of podcasts and was cursing the day I ever thought this was a good project.

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Black Lace Crop Jacket | allie J. (alliemjackson.com)

See any seams? THE ANSWER IS NO.

Black Lace Crop Jacket | allie J. (alliemjackson.com)

NO SEAMS HERE.

In the end though--because YES I FINISHED the darn thing--I was so proud of my work and it looked great and I really think it will be very versatile. I'll definitely wear it again, layered over other dresses for formal events or over a tank top or something on a Saturday night.

Black Lace Crop Jacket | allie J. (alliemjackson.com)

I meant to bring my real camera to Richmond, but I totally forgot, so unfortunately, here's the only picture of me wearing it at the event. I really am horrible at taking pictures! Is there an award for worst blogger? It's me!



The best part? Remember when I mentioned waaay up at the top of the post that this was a "muslin" for my wedding jacket?

GUESS WHO IS AT IT AGAIN:


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I get a little melodramatic when it comes to handsewing, ugh.

Wish me luck!

xoxo,
allie

12 comments:

  1. Fabulous job with the seaming on the jacket, and good luck with your wedding dress! I made mine as well, and while it might be a bit stressful, you will really appreciate on the day. I spent months hand beading lace for mine :)

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    1. Oh my gosh I cannot even begin to imagine hand beading lace on top of all of this! Very impressive! Thank you for the inspiration :)

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  2. That is just fantastic, so beautifully made, real haute couture and in your cream lace it is going to look amazing, be proud.

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    1. That is so sweet, thank you! I'm not particularly thrilled about doing it again but I know it will be so worth it!

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  3. Wow... I don't think I have the words for how awesome this looks! I'll stop complaining about my foray into bridesmaids dresses now... Your jacket is gorgeous!!!!

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    1. Thank you! It isn't difficult necessarily (like fitting a multiple different bridesmaid dresses while wearing a baby!! ;) just very time consuming and meticulous! Have fun in Mexico!

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  4. Oh my goodness! It may be making you lose the will to live sewing-wise but it looks uh-mazing!

    Good luck with the wedding version, I'm sure it'll be gorgeous :)

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    1. Thank you! The white lace is a little bit different than the black lace, but mostly its comforting to know what it will look like and how it fits etc etc. One less wedding-related stressor!

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  5. I love the hashtag #coutureish! Haha! It is scary to start a big, important project like your wedding dress, but your jacket muslin is lovely and you should feel confident you can handle it! You do wonderful work, Allie!

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  6. the best of luck - its gorgeous - feeling very inspired (but suitably daunted at the thoughts of the hand sewing part).

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  7. This is really really beautifully stunning, bravo. There is a wedding dress on etsy, strapless with a little overlay lace jacket and I often look at it and admire it and think where could I wear something like this....and here you've actually gone and made it! Can't wait to see the wedding dress!

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