Inspiration: Quilted Leather Jacket (McCall's 7549)

Have y'all seen the latest McCall's release? It is so spot-on--as soon as I saw it I bought myself thisthis, and for some reason I totally had to have these, I don't know why. (Will I make that last one? We'll see.) But my heart practically stopped when I saw their little quilted jacket, 7549. I have always like the aesthetics of Grainline's Tamarack jacket, but although an oversized cotton jacket looks great on my mom, it's just not quite "me". This little shrunken one has the same silhouette that I love from my Mimi G blazer, and a bunch of gorgeous quilting really makes view A stand out.

My mind (and my heart) immediately went "leather!" I've been so inspired by all the quilted jackets I've seen on pinterest ever since laying eyes on Cara Delevigne's icon-status model off-duty leather biker jacket with amazing quilting on the sleeves. I'm totally in love with my Olga Road (r.i.p.) recycled leather jacket with all the classic motorcycle styling (seen here) but sometimes those 84 zippers are a bit much.

Remember when I said last month that I wasn't going to be putting out a new project every week? Yeah, this is the type of thing I was talking about. If you notice a slight lack of sewing here on the blog for the next little while, know that it is because I'm working on this. First things first, though: I'm breaking out all the stops and... making a muslin. Actually, I already made a muslin of just the pattern pieces basted together, but I wanted to go back and work on my quilting--I am not a quilter so I need the practice!--so I've decided to make myself a silky, snuggly bed jacket (possibly the most 60s of nightwear). You'll see this soon too!

Next week, I'll show you how I'm adapting this pattern to work with my leather (I've been memorizing this post), and the week after that I'll show you the finished item! Meanwhile... McCall Pattern Company has agreed to give three lucky American allie J. readers a copy of this pattern--just enter the rafflecopter below and I'll be in touch!

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Good luck!!


ps: i also picked up a copy of vogue 9100--i rarely buy or make vogue patterns but everyone looks amazing in this dress.

allie J.

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  1. Ooh, you've inspired me. Towards Spring I planned to make McCalls 6292 (which I've had for a long time) in some brown faux leather that I have and now I'm thinking I could quilt the shoulder sections. I look forward to seeing your jacket.

  2. Great post and great inspirations!!

  3. can't wait to see what you make!

  4. I'm definitely tempted by this jacket and the overalls too! I like your Vogue pick as well. Thanks for the chance to win the jacket pattern!

  5. Can't wait to see your finished project!

  6. Ha, I recently came to possess an overalls pattern, too! I don't know what came over me, but now I almost want to make a cropped top to wear underneath it. Maybe we should be overalls friends together. :D



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