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The Fortuny Jacket

Aug 31, 2010
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People have been asking about the rest of this ensemble of the Fortuny fabric.  This jacket, as well as the jeans, are constructed with ready-to-wear techniques like serged seams and rivets.  I wanted the contrast of the rare and horribly expensive fabric worked in such an offhand manner.

The follow-up of the story: Today the colleague who gave me the first piece, let me take the other 65 remaining yards, as she felt I would make it up sooner than she would.  I was delirious beyond belief!

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  1. User avater matti07 November 8th

    Okay, I'm kind of dying here -- remaining 6.5 yards, or *65* yards? Either one would make ME ecstatic, but just curious... I'm guessing it's the former, as the latter would be prohibitively expensive. Also, I have fabric trade envy. Susan Khalje's overages? Yum.

  2. user-70578 October 24th

    Wish I had some of that fabric. It looks sew cool, and what a great shirt. I am a shirtaholic. Love to make them, have recently been working on Claire Shaeffer's shirt design for Vogue, with the front covered placket and sash. It's a lovely pattern, and have been following both the couture and non couture directions--a sort of personal combination of techniques. It's been fun. Not quite finished or I would show the result.

    CEGrayne

  3. user-70578 October 24th

    Wish I had some of that fabric. It looks sew cool, and what a great shirt. I am a shirtaholic. Love to make them, have recently been working on Claire Shaeffer's shirt design for Vogue, with the front covered placket and sash. It's a lovely pattern, and have been following both the couture and non couture directions--a sort of personal combination of techniques. It's been fun. Not quite finished or I would show the result.

    CEGrayne

  4. User avater triangles February 22nd

    Absolutely marvelous. Nothing tacky about it at all. It takes big ones to go there. Linda S in MD

  5. User avater KennethDKing November 14th

    To Boofsmom, I bought the jeans that way (in one of those off-price shops down on Lower Broadway), so I can't answer how it's done. Sorry I couldn't be of help there.

    And to Rabia-- That's the beauty of fashion--one person's fashion is another person's tacky. If we all agreed on what was good and what was not good, wouldn't life be boring? I like the idea of being cavalier with something so fine by combining it with something so down-market. (And for the record, my fly is not open, but you can see my underwear through one of the holes in the jeans--it's the flash of red and green on my upper thigh.)

    Diana Vreeland, Editor-in-Chief of Vogue Magazine in the 1960's summed it up best. To paraphrase, she said that she didn't mind vulgarity (or in other words, tackiness), it was having NO style that she was opposed to. My fashion choices may sometimes disagree with others' tastes, but I dress to please myself. It's one of my supreme joys in life--standing in front of my closet and deciding who I want to be for a particular day or event, and then deciding what that will look like.

  6. boofsmom November 7th

    Kenneth-I actally would like to know how you distressed the jeans. I have seen some inteesting distressing on jeans and would like to know how it's done.

  7. Rabia September 26th

    Love the jacket, hate the jeans. Is there anything MORE tacky than FAKE "distressing"? And your FLY looks UNDONE.

  8. suzannity September 7th

    65 yards?! You lucky duck! Your colleague is a gem.

    Kenneth, thank you! Thanks for many things but the most important thing to me was the advice that you gave in a Threads interview to not be afraid. This jacket may be a good example that you "practice what you preach", I don't know. But I would have been absolutely terrified to cut this fabric! But you did it. And the result is really wonderful.

  9. SewTruTerry September 3rd

    Kenneth
    It would be nice if you would share, not only ideas but fabric as well... LOL! just kidding a little.

  10. Leine September 2nd

    This treasure could not be in better hands! Now you must show us the jeans. . .

  11. Gigi_Louis September 2nd

    OMG, I am so envious! Your jacket is divine and you've styled it so well.

  12. gmhsews September 1st

    Fabulous use of beautiful fabric. I love the use of the selvage and the reverse of the fabric. I try to look at fabric in many different ways and utilize it to its fullest potential.

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