As I'm following a couple of (pure) fashion bogs, I'm seeing quite a lot of runway garments. When I saw the SS09 collection of Richard Nicoll, I was in awe but it was the smoking jacket which wowed me.
Nudes are one of my alltime favorite styles in fashion and I really wanted to replicate the look. I had the oyster colored poplin in my stash that I got on sale for a bargain and decided that it would match the theme of a smoking jacket pretty nicely. I also had a matching pattern on hand, the materials for a matching button (regular silver button with buttonloop on back, painted with gray nailpolish and pasted with leftover Swarovski crystals from the Pilgrim necklace DIY), so all I needed more was some complementing fabric for the bottom part. Easier said than done! It took me almost two month to settle on something I felt comfortable with; a purple silk organza so that the oyster color would still show though and make both fabrics look harmonious. Not the nude colorscheme I originally intended but I just went with it.
|left: lining, middle: oyster colored poplin, right: purple silk organza|
I used two kinds of interfacing, one heavy (pocket flaps and undercollar) and one light (revers facings). I eliminated the additional seams on the shoulder and back- I didn't wanted it to become too frisky. For the colorblocking I cut off the bottom of the pattern pieces right where the pocket flaps would sit and used the same measurements on the back and sleeves. Before sewing the pieces back together, I basted all sik pieces to the poplin pieces to avoid shifting.
Also I decided to line the bottom part of the sleeves with the poplin as I like to roll up my blazer sleeves and wanted the inside to look pretty as well.
And now for the result:
|the backdrop was povided by a popular Swedish home-centre, btw|
I'm happy with the outcome though almost finished I was afraid that the materials I chose were too shiny and the overall look too 90s. But paired with a simple white tank and casual jeans, I think it looks pretty well.
Now the only downside is that the fabric wrinkles like hell. But hanging it in the bathroom while showering does the trick.Have a nice sunday everybody.