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Fantastical Wedding Jacket

A better view of the jacket.

A commission for a wedding described as a blend of the couples favorite fantasy movies (LoTR, Legend) and their love of nature. The groom was not in the mind for a tuxedo; he wanted a look reminiscent of what the elves in LoTR wore. He searched online and found the Indian Sherwani coat. We played around with a couple of designs and decided on an asymmetrical lapel design. His jacket is made with an ivory dupoini silk with a mandarian collar and curved hem. The jacket is lined with a plain weave silk that had been interlined with muslin to protect the dupoini silk from sweat stains. The silver leaf trim is sewn so as to appear as if it was growing from the seams with swavorski crystal “blueberries” accenting his shoulder. The pants are a simple wide cut elastic-waisted pant made from a champagne cotton rayon blend for comfort.


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  1. nobodysgrandma | | #1

    ..........on a guy?? It is to laugh.

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    triangles | | #2

    Not really a fan of this for a wedding jacket, but then again, I didn't have to wear it. I won't be showing it to family and friends for the rest of my married life like this poor guy. It has nothing to do with the marvelous construction. It just should have been worn in a different setting.

  3. Jon316 | | #3

    Beautiful design of the lapels and leaf pattern. In truth Sherwani jackets are a high value article India for men's weddings (and require alot of fine detail work)...i esp like how it is made to look Elven. At any normal boring wedding it doesn't fit, but for a fantasy wedding this jacket is great. The guy looks pretty happy to be wearing it.

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    rakijaa | | #4

    This is just beautiful. I don't understand the snide comments; this is a special occasion piece. It obviously made the bride and groom very happy, and made their day their own. They were lucky to find a talented as well as open hearted sewist to make their vision come true. Well done!

  5. sohaute | | #5

    Kudos to you, your design and the adventurous groom. Down with haters. I don't understand why we can't live and let live.

  6. CapturingStarlight | | #6

    I think this jacket is absolutely beautiful, and incorporates a bridal look without being frilly. And the groom looks very happy :-)

  7. SonyaFunk | | #7

    A beautiful piece of work...thank-you for sharing.

  8. GodSewedFirst | | #8

    What a wonderful new husband! She picked a winner and he will always love her and want to please her. He's first on my ticket! My husband wore much the same at our wedding too! Both guys are lovely inside, and well, outside too! :)) and THAT is what matters!

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