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Saturday, October 5, 2013

Past Projects · Block-Printed Jacket

For our trip to Williamsburg this spring, Mom and Gretel wanted some new clothes, so we got out all the period-appropriate scraps we could find big enough to make into jackets.  While I was in the stash, I came across this hand-block-printed lawn that was left-over from a regency dress I made years ago.  It was a perfect size for a jacket, and once I found my inspiration, I set to work.  I constructed it entirely by hand (just 'cause I can! ;-) ), and used the JP Ryan pattern as a base, modifying the neckline and waistline.

The sleeve inspiration came from a V&A dress that I've been admiring for years.  It has a cuff edged with pleated trim, then looped up in front and fastened with a covered button.

This cotton voile apron was new as well- finished in Williamsburg just in time to wear. :-)  I was really happy with how it turned out, and can't wait to make some more "fashion" aprons!  The petticoat I'm wearing with it is made from "Marseilles" fabric, and it's become one of my favorites.  It has lots of body, enough so that I can even fit a loaf of bread in my pocket without it being discernible! ;-)

I wanted this jacket to stand out somehow from all my others, so I put 6 sets of ribbons down the front to tie it closed.  I love the over-exuberance of ribbony-ness that is the result. :-)  The front neckline and waistline is edged with pleated trim.

· Pictures by the inimitable Kathryn! ·


  1. Beautiful! You do a splendid job, and I love the "ribbony-ness" too. :)

    The Middle Sister and Singer

  2. Inimitable?! Wow. I'd say YOU'RE the one who is inimitable...
    I kinda really want this jacket...

  3. That first picture is STUNNING. What perfect composition.

    I love what you did with the bows! I agree that that splash of bold color really makes the outfit unique. Love the new apron, too. Yet another picture-perfect ensemble! :-)

    And I agree with Kathryn - I kinda really want this jacket, too...

  4. This. is. darling.

    And I love the sleeve details!! I'll keep that in mind for one of my own jackets sometime! :)

  5. ooooh, those sleeves are lovely! The whole jacket is lovely actually, as is everything I've seen that you've made. :) I like your taste, and those ribbons add an pleasant and interesting touch that most finishes don't. :D And I'm in awe of the darling pictures on your blog! Kathryn is very talented with her camera :D. Love it!
    ~Theresa :)

  6. This is so gorgeous!! Did you block print it yourself? I LOVE the ribbons.

  7. Awesome! I love your alterations to the JP Ryan jacket, and the fabric you used it perfect! Can I be jealous? because i totally and completely am!

  8. Brigid, Thank you! :-)

    Kathryn, I guess we'll have to be happy considering each one more inimitable than ourselves. ;-)

    Rebecca, I was so happy with how well this outfit turned out! :-)

    Tara, I love the sleeves too! I always try to not repeat elements from other outfits, but I'm severely tempted to make an exception and do this design on all my sleeves now. ;-D

    Theresa, Thank you so much! :-)

    SisterlyLove, No, I didn't do the block-printing personally but I purchased it on eBay from this store:

    Lauren, Thanks! It ended up becoming one of my favorite jackets and now I love the jacket made from "leftovers" more than the original Regency dress I purchased the fabric for! ;-)

  9. Really lovely, Lily! You look beautiful! Are those ribbons made of silk? Did you do anything special to keep the ends from fraying?

  10. Thanks, Laura! The ribbons are rayon and (gasp!) finished off with fray-check. ;-) Hobby Lobby sells lots of different colors of the ribbon in the fabric department, and I'm in love with them! I'm slowing using every color on various projects. ;-D

  11. What fabric did you use for your lovely white skirt... your look is beautiful!

    1. Thanks! It is a cotton/polyester matelasse fabric- I found mine at JoAnn fabrics years ago, try checking in the home decor section. :-)



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