I've only stepped foot in an actual Anthropologie store once, earlier this spring in Vegas. I am not a shopper, and we were on a girls trip which included a ton of shopping. By the end of that day, I was so tired I just sat on the couch and looked around the store. So I didn't really check it out.
But I do however, enjoy looking at their website. I saw this outdoor wool coat, and loved the flattering seams and buttoned ruffle.
So I planned out my own version, using this pattern: Simplicity 2313 as the base. I adapted things to make a dressier jacket, rather than an outdoor zip-up coat.
I chose to make the jacket out of moleskin, which is fabric sueded on one side with a satin back. I like the feel of suede, and the satin back made it so the ruffle didn't need to be lined, just hemmed. The moleskin also has some stretch to it, so for clothing that's nice. I like teal, and my mom hates it because it reminds her of being sick. It's funny how certain colors evoke certain emotions, memories, connections.
I love these leather looking woven buttons. I had 3 different colors and sizes stocked up from 50% off sales, and Lynette made the final decision that it looked best with these lighter brown buttons.
Once again, the best part of making my own jacket is having the ridiculously long sleeves for my orangutan arms. I also liked the slight gathering in the shoulder of these sleeves making the slight puff--nothing to Anne of Green Gable's Christmas dress, but just enough to add some femininity.
The back is just basic princess type seams, nothing fancy.
Lynette actually ended up helping on this jacket a lot. I was visiting and finishing it up, and she hemmed the sleeves and back at her tailor shop with her industrial blind hemmer. It's just a lot nicer with the professional blind hemmer, rather than using the blind hem stitch on my machine. She also thought of the equestrian name/ association, and let me use her bodice form that happened to be at home rather than her shop. Man, I really enjoyed using that thing and wish I had one of my own. A dress form would be so handy, especially if it was adjustable to my size.
She also let me snap a photo of her in the jacket as she was leaving for work, as I feel so dorky modeling and hate to do it.
I think I'll go back and tack down parts of the ruffle at the chest and waist, as they can lay funny with the fabric being lighter. Then the ruffle wouldn't gap from the actual jacket as much.
I actually get nervous about sharing clothing I make on here, because I really have no sense of fashion or style, I just like what I like, and I'm sure that a lot of people don't like it and would never wear it. Which is fine and part of sharing your ideas, someone out there is always going to think your idea stinks.
But anyway, I thought I would wear black under the jacket on top, with a black/charcoal wool skirt with a small print, black opaque tights and black shoes. I have some mustard earrings I thought might be fun to add some contrast. But I know nothing about putting outfits together, so maybe if you have cute ideas of what you'd wear with this leave me an idea!
Also, I'm assuming the light brown buttons would work with black underneath right? You don't have to match the buttons I hope...not that I would probably if someone says I should.
Anyway, this jacket isn't perfect because I made it. But it was fun to see something I really loved from Anthropologie and make my own version for less than $15.00, and with sleeves that actually go to my wrists rather than the middle of my forearms (I'm not exaggerating, it is that bad with jackets/ coats!).
Jessica @ Running With Scissors