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The Fortuny Jacket is Finished

In previous series of posts, I shared with you how I constructed the sleeves and handled the facing of this stunning jacket. The Fortuny jacket is now done and has been delivered to its proud owner, Jean.

Here’s a photo of Jean and me in Manhattan. Jean is modeling the new jacket.

I just wanted to show the finishing details of the jacket.

First is the lining.

The silk used for the lining is a jacquard-patterned necktie silk.

I wanted to use a pattern of some sort, but not to compete with the fabric. This lining fabric echoed the silver in the print.

You can see the dart in the facing, as well as the edge where the lining joins the facing.

I used a mouse tail cord (thinner than rattail cord) as the fill for the piping. The fabric itself is the reverse side of the lining fabric.

On the right side (the side where the buttonholes are), I installed a hidden pocket.

Here are two detail shots of this hidden pocket.

An antique button from the early 1900s, the period when Fortuny was active, finishes the jacket.

Jean was delighted with the jacket, and I made a pair of jeans from the extra fabric she purchased for me!

If you got your hands on Fortuny fabric, what would you make?

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  1. sweetserenity | | #1

    I think this fabric would make a terrific bag.

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    kennethdking | | #2

    It would indeed! I made a pair of jeans out of some (she was kind enough to get extra so I could!) and with the scraps I did a version of my Edwardian men's corset for evening, which I'll use as a cummerbund.

    With the small, odd scraps I made note cards and gift package cards, so as not to waste ANY of the fabric.

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    kennethdking | | #3

    The link to the blog post where I show this corset is:


  4. bethatply | | #4

    is this a brocade fabric for the Fortuny jacket?
    I think this a beautiful jacket and would love to own it.

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    kennethdking | | #5

    The fabric is block printed by hand in Italy (Venice, actually), on a fine cotton twill. Quite a special fabric.

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    couture_academic | | #6

    Wow...stunning is all I have to say about this! I really like how where the break of the shawl collar juts out a bit instead of folding straight over (hope you know what I mean here), what advantage does this add to the garment?

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