V8307: the Armani spin-off jacket

Above is a gorgeous red number from Armani’s Autumn 2005 RTW collection. Below is the line drawing for Vogue 8307. Ok, so I might be 6 years behind the eight-ball – I don’t care. I love the dramatic collar. I’m making this as a lightweight ‘between seasons’ jacket though, so will stick with the short length of View A:

And so begins my second foray in to the world of tailoring. As the collar lines on this jacket are rather the key focal point, I was a bit worried that this busy fabric would drown out the style. Then I saw melonhead‘s field of dreams coat on BurdaStyle – a block colour binding around the collar edges is GO! I haven’t yet found the right trim fabric for this – but I’m thinking of picking out the blue tones in the above fabric to match. As for lining, perhaps a dusky pink?

‘To Get’ List:
 – horsehair canvas
 – 1/4″ twill tape (to make the collar roll lines lovely)
 – matching silk thread
 – matching polyester thread
 – shoulder pads
 – sleeve heads (generally a felt fabric)
 – interfacing
 – hooks/latches/toggles (the notions list calls for 3 ‘toggles’)
 – lining fabric
 – underlining (to stabilise the super loose weave of my fabric)

I’m off to start putting together my (first?) toile – I’m nothing but a tad persnickety about getting the right fit. Other than a perfect excuse to hoard buy beautiful fabric, why else sew for yourself?A few months back I came across this 100% silk loose-weave tweed whilst drooling over fabric in Tessuti, and thought it and V8307 were destined to be:


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