V8307: The Octopus’ Garden Jacket

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After a week of feverishly slaving away on the final details of my jacket (not really, I loved it) hoping to have it done in time for the Sunday, I somehow managed to pull it off. In between studying for an exam I had on Tuesday, a working week that dazed more than delighted, my 10 year high school reunion (eep!) and Mr. poppykettle’s work Christmas party, I’m pretty pleased I managed to achieve it!

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Made from a silk bouclé colourway named ‘Octopus’ Garden’ and bought in a flustered rush of I-simply-MUST-have-this-fabric from Tessuti during autumn this year, this jacket made its debut at the wedding event of the year (in my calendar, anyway!) – a garden party at the beautiful Ripponlea Estate. Mazal tov to one of my closest friends and his lovely wife!

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I ended up reducing the size of the collar at the front to better suit my proportions (after general consensus from my lovely sewing-class ladies), as well as cutting a tad off the width at the left shoulder.

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I included a strip of the matching silk dupion I used for the trim as the ‘hem allowance’, to allow the habotai lining enough room to move without puckering the fabric hem (the lining is fully enclosed). 

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The original Armani version (see here) had giant feature buttons as the closure, and this Vogue pattern emulated that. I didn’t want to distract from the business of the fabric I used, so I used snap closures on both sides of the front to hold it all in place.

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This was my second attempt at applying tailoring techniques to a jacket, and I’m even more hooked on the process that I was at the start. There are still things to learn and a few fitting issues I’d like to tweak when it comes to the fit, but I’m confident enough now to try another tailoring project in a less forgiving, more tightly woven fabric – something more suit-like for work perhaps? We’ll see about that shortly…


  1. It's beautiful! I love the colour of your fabric. This pattern has been in my cue for a very long time, and each time I see a beautiful jacket made up from it, I wonder what's taking me so long to make one up myself! Stunning!

  2. Wow! This is so impressive, particularly for your first year of sewing. It's so unusual – I bet you got lots of compliments at the party. Thanks for sharing your post.

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