Matching Red Tweed, Cashmere, & Genuine Leather Custom Jackets for Gigi & Cha Cha Mimi

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Have you ever found a beautiful fabric that was so perfect that you were afraid to do anything with it? A bad design or an errant cut could ruin it forever (or so you think). This red tweed was definitely such a challenge.

During a Christmas 2014 sale, I purchased an absolutely amazing red tweed wool fabric and honey leather buttons from Britex Fabrics. I had my eyes on the red tweed for a very long time before I purchased it. The price was well over $100/yd and I wasn’t sure if the material and colors were as vibrant as they appeared to be online. But to my surprise and delight, I was very impressed with both its quality and colors. (Britex even wrapped it up so nicely!)

Red Beige Tweed Cashmere Genuine Leather Custom Jacket

I only purchased a yard of the tweed. I knew I wanted to pair it with beige cashmere and the honey leather I had stashed in my closest. I left all the materials in a pile on my eye-level shelf for about two months for inspiration (and to motivate me to finish my orders so I could make the coat for myself). I had a variety of different design ideas, (See a few of the many design idea photos I sent my family & friends in the slideshow below). My sisters could tell you how many (annoying) texts and emails they received as I planned this coat’s pattern and design.

After much thought and feedback from family, I nailed down a coat pattern and coat design. I ultimately chose to make a coat from Burdastyle’s 3/2013 #103 shirt/blazer pattern. It was a shirt pattern, but I knew (with adjustments) it had the potential to be an awesome coat!

Burdastyle 3/2013 Shirt Sewing Pattern Anagrassia Blogger

I adjusted the shirt pattern last year. I can’t recall all the adjustments I made, but they included: lengthening the jacket, eliminating the high pockets, adding lining, color blocking the design, and changing button placement.

I didn’t start assembling the jacket until early this fall. (I had the goal to finish and wear the jacket to both a NY Giants and a Ball State Cardinals Football game.) But unfortunately after sewing the shell of the jacket, I hated the coat and found mistakes with the pattern! (See photo below) I was tired, disappointed, and decided it was best to put the coat aside and finish it another day.

Red Beige Tweed Cashmere Genuine Leather Custom Jacket
Sleeve mistakes and corrections

I cringed when I saw the coat hanging in my studio. I wished I had never cut the wool. I knew I owed it to myself to finish it and to see how it would finally turn out.

It finally took one very crappy weekend to force me to drop everything and do something for myself. It wasn’t so much that I wanted to finish the jacket for myself, but rather I wanted to make my niece Gigi a matching jacket with the leftover red tweed scraps.

I didn’t have much time, so I made Gigi’s jacket pattern in minutes and prayed that it would work and fit her. Since I had only scraps to work with, I had to go with the coat design you see in the photos. (It was also impossible to match the lines on the front two panels.) Despite my initial reservations, I LOVED Gigi’s final jacket! After making Gigi’s jacket, I was determined to fix the mistakes in my own.

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After I fixed the sleeves of my jacket, I sent snapchats to family and friends for their feedback on the new look. I really hated the exposed pockets, but I didn’t want to spend the time adding leather welt pockets to a jacket I was not very happy with. However, I was convinced to do diagonal leather welt pockets, (my favorite). I’m so happy I did! I think it really changed the design of the coat, as well as my attitude towards it.

After the pockets it was easy sailing. As the coat slowly came to a finish, I was very pleased. The design I envisioned finally came together!

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CONSTRUCTION DETAILS:

~Based off Burdastyle 3/2013 Pattern

~ Outer Materials: Red Wool Tweed, Beige Cashmere, Honey Genuine Leather, Honey Leather Buttons

~Interfaced Beige Cashmere with Fusible Interfacing, Hand Pad-stitched Horsehair Canvas to Tweed Material

~Inner Materials: Navy Quilted & Padded Lining & Black Polyester Lining

The coat is really warm and quite heavy.

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WORK IN PROGRESS PHOTOS AND SNAPCHATS SENT TO FAMILY & FRIENDS

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Here’s the only photo I have of the inside.  The inside back and sides are lined with a warm quilted lining.
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This is a more realistic photo of us walking together!

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Welt Pockets- Wide Top Welt & Thin Bottom Welt

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  1. Reply

    The shirt pattern looked really blah to me, but it makes for a great coat, I love it! The colours, the texture, the design, the cute child version and the pics… I’m always hoping to see beautiful things like this when I start my blog-perusal! Thank you for yet another inspiring post!

    1. Reply

      Thank you Sophie!
      I would agree with you about the shirt. I loved the neckline and collar of the shirt!
      And if you decide to create a coat from this pattern, I recommend going a size up than what you would normally cut for yourself.

  2. Reply

    What a beautiful project! And who did that amazing photography?

    1. Reply

      Thanks Debbie! My sister took the photos. I completely forgot to credit her. (Thanks for reminding me!)

  3. Reply

    I really like the way the honey leather buttons and sleeves bring the look of your coat together and really transform the garment.Gorgeous pics also.So inspiring.Nicky.

    1. Reply

      Thanks Nicky!

  4. Reply

    I would never have guessed you had issues with the pattern initially! The final coat looks amazing! Love the combination of fabrics and colours you have chosen. It makes me want to experiment a bit more with fabric combinations. Also the photography is amazing!

    1. Reply

      Thank goodness it worked out for me! Thanks Laura!

  5. Reply

    […] This year, Gigi and I are wearing the new coats I have available for sale in my  A N A G R A S S I A  shop. (Read about last year’s annual “AUNTIE & ME” matching wool cashmere coats here.) […]

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