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Further Fortuny

Me in My Fortuny

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.


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  1. ladysewsew | | #1

    You did a beautiful job. I love the color and the details are perfect. Thanks for sharing. I am inspired.

  2. Stitichy | | #2

    Wow! This is gorgeous! You're very talented.

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    copperwoman | | #3

    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.

  4. JustMe2 | | #4

    Your Jacket is lovely. I really like the way you embellished it. Very stunning. Thank you for sharing.

  5. fabrichoarder | | #5

    Beautiful - great color and use of fabric is impeccable.

  6. 4mythreads | | #6


    Really beautiful color. Love your design.

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