I really enjoyed Kenneth King’s article about making the Fortuny fabric into a shirt.
About 23 years ago, someone gave me several yards of stunning red silk brocatelle, in a drapery weight perfectly appropriate for a jacket, and Fortuny marks woven into the selvage. I gave half to a friend, and made the other half into a jacket, using my favorite pattern.
I wanted to interrupt the large drapery “flowers-and-flourishes” pattern, and was lucky to find a narrow woven stripe silk charmeuse in just the right color to cut bias strips for embellishment. I also sewed all of the seam allowances toward the outside, then covered them with the bias strips. I made seamed-edge facings, and covered the shoulder pads with the brocatelle. This gave me a completely finished inside, without the added bulk of lining. I made a simple short sleeved shell of the charmeuse to wear under the jacket, although it’s just as great with black jeans and a t-shirt.
It remains one of the best things I’ve ever made for myself.
Me in My Fortuny
Detail of Front and Sleeve
Detail of Back
Inside Front Facing
You did a beautiful job. I love the color and the details are perfect. Thanks for sharing. I am inspired.
Wow! This is gorgeous! You're very talented.
Thank you, ladysewsew and Stitichy! Your lovely, immediate comments have inspired me to share more. I think I'll send my one-and-only quilt next.
Your Jacket is lovely. I really like the way you embellished it. Very stunning. Thank you for sharing.
Beautiful - great color and use of fabric is impeccable.
Really beautiful color. Love your design.