Girl Gang Style (McCall's 7549)



Thank you to McCall Pattern Company for providing the pattern and material for this post.

I recently took you through a whole long ordeal re: my personal style and how I was going to try and stick to a palette of creams and blushes and lavender and go for a "ladylike" and "polished" look now I'm back with a black leather jacket, of all things. What I may have failed to mention during my New Year, New Wardrobe style search is that I have an alternate persona (with it's own dedicated pinterest board and everything) that occasionally comes out at night time. If your wardrobe consists of ballet flats and full-skirted dresses, it can be hard to pick out appropriate "going out clothes," you know?  Somewhere along the line, (right around when Carolyn started dating Buzz to get back at her mother--I love this style on her) I decided to just embrace black-after-dark and shoot for a 60s girl gang style that merges my love of wholesome, retro preppiness with an edgier motorcycle-jacket clad look.

This leather jacket straddles the line between my day look and my night look a little bit. McCall's 7549 is quite a classic little quilted jacket that would look lovely in a more traditional fabric (and I know for a fact sews up a dream in silk) but it's really a chameleon in that I think it looks amazing in leather as well!

I spent a lot of hours working on this jacket (and many more fretting over it!) and I love the way it turned out. The fit is great and I think the length is perrrrfect with high-waisted pants. The leather is thick and lovely and will get softer and more broken in as I wear it. Even though my "quilting" is more like decorative topstitching, I think it adds a luxurious, expensive-looking touch--when really all it cost was a few spools of black thread and about a bazillion hours. This definitely lives up to my inspirational photos!

Overall, I have had such a wonderful experience sewing up this pattern, even when I was setting in leather sleeves and cursing the first cavewoman to stitch together a couple of hides I knew it would be worth it, and I don't believe I was wrong.

Have you worked with leather or faux leather before? Would you ever make an all-leather jacket, or do you stick to accent details? Do you have a different "party" style than your day-to-day look? Want to join my girl gang?

photography by colleen pesci

xoxo,
allie

ps: why yes, these are a pair of unblogged ginger jeans i'm wearing... stay tuned for tomorrow's post! ;)

allie J.

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  1. I am sooo in love with this. Please know there is a 90% chance I will be copying this!

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    1. Please do! I LOVE this pattern and it was a fun challenge to do it in leather, I'd love to see your version!

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  2. oh my goodness! cute! looks perfect with the jeans. I can see you wearing this with full skirts too.

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    1. Thank you so much! I think it will look really cute with feminine dresses underneath, too!

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  3. Woahhh Allie this looks amazing! Such a professional finish (looks like it could be a £300+ shop bought jacket)! I've worked in faux leather before with reasonable success - mainly a wrap skirt, a couple of harness-style pieces to wear on nights out - but never anything quite so ambitious or as well finished as this. If I didn't already have a leather jacket I'd definitely be considering giving it a go. xx

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    1. Thank you so much! Now I just have some scraps left over and I've been brainstorming what to make next...

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  4. Wow you did such a great job on this! Is this real leather and did you follow the pattern instructions for the quilting?

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    1. It is real leather, and no, I did not follow the pattern instructions for quilting it! Here is last week's very long rambling post on how I did it: http://www.alliemjackson.com/2017/02/quilting-leather-and-construction.html

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  5. Oh wow, Allie! This is gorgeous and looks really high-end. And I know what you mean about different style personalities. I think it's challenging for librarians in particular.

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    1. I don't think my daytime style is particularly twee but it doesn't translate well to "sexier" nighttime looks--which is great considering Friday night I ran into some 10 year old library patrons--members of my harry potter club!--at the brewery ;)

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  6. This is soooo BADASS!! It reminds me of Sandy at the end of Grease :-) And I am totally down for a badass sewing girl gang ;-)

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    1. Watch out, we're armed--with unpickers and shears! :)

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  7. This is so fantastic!! The topstitching is perfect. Very well done!

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    1. Thank you! Using the seam guide on my machine made it so much easier to get them straight.

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  9. This is so good (as I knew it would be)!! You could wear this with anything any time of the day. It would look especially good with some of your more feminine pieces or a chiffon dress or skirt!

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    1. Thank you! It would be great with a floaty midi, don't you think?? I'm excited to style it some more ways.

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  10. I'm obsessed with this outfit! I love the background that your photographer chose! So perfect.

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    1. Thanks, me too! I'd never had a pro take my blog photos before but I knew the black leather would be hard to capture and she did a great job of it :)

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  12. I am quite impressed with this jacket, Allie! The fit and top-stitching/quilting are beautiful. Definitely a chic piece worthy of a girl gangster :)

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  13. Amazing job! Love the whole look! I bet you are ready for an easy serger project after this!

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  14. Love this!! Do tell me about your shoes they look great.

    Alter ego is so cool too. Feel like I have one lurking under the surface somewhere. Been working at a very minamalist skincare company for two years and everyone is very modern and asymmetrically dressed ;-)

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  15. This is such an amazing jacket! I love it. You should be so proud. It looks professional and super cool!

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  16. Your blush, cream, lavender transition to a black leather jacket reminds me of the movie Grease. Lace and leather. Yin-yang

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  17. Ms Allie, gurl you showed out with the jacket!!!! So stunning!!!!!!! Using leather for the jacket took it to a whole different level!!!!! Love it!!!!

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  18. Something i will definitely copy. Your jacket is great. My inspiration.

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  19. Allie, I wanted to comment earlier, but I was at work! You did such an amazing job, your jacket should be on the pattern envelope! Just fantastic. You've unlocked the next level of Girl Gang sewing with this one!

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  20. Oh my goodness I loooove this. Total Teddy girl. I didn't respond to the pattern illustration at all but this is making me reconsider!

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  21. I love the jacket, but I also love the ankle boots, what brand are they and where can we buy them possibly?

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