Thursday, 27 August 2015

Sparkly bomber jacket

The reason why I don’t follow fashion trends is that quite often I feel that there is nothing in them for me, that they don’t suit my personality. To make a trend my own, it has to fit with my style and appeal to me. On several occasions, I have followed a trend, but most of the times post factum. This is what happened with this bomber jacket.

Since last year, my lifestyle has drastically changed: instead of going everywhere by public transport, I cycle. The only place I go by bus is the airport :) Before that, when I lived in Tokyo, I wore anything from mini to maxi skirts, from wide-legged trousers to skinny jeans, to shorts, to extravagant dresses, you name it! Living in a place with different climate and adopting a new lifestyle meant that I also needed to adapt my wardrobe to these changes, more precisely, to be more bike-friendly and weather appropriate. In Ireland, it may rain in the morning, be windy in the afternoon and sunny and mild in the evening. The order may change as well, so you need to layer. Many Dublin cyclists wear special cycling gear, or dress very sporty, but I decided to avoid it. I wanted to keep my wardrobe very practical yet feminine and fashionable. I have two perfect pieces for the late autumn/winter/early spring weather, my Andy coat and a ready-to-wear winter raincoat, but when it comes to warmer periods of the year, I have no choice, but to boast two sporty-looking coats. And so, when I saw the bomber jacket pattern from the Burda Style magazine, I knew I wanted to make one!

My all time favourite the Jamie Jeans by Named Patterns 

OK, I tried to make a picture Amanda style, and failed

Once I was sure about the pattern, coming up with the fabric was a piece of cake! I used the remnants of the Crinkled Copper metallic fabric, purchased from the Tessuti Fabrics online shop a while ago. Last year, I made a skirt from the same fabric, and now I have successfully added the jacket! Matchy-matchy! I cut the jacket in a size 38 without making any alterations. The ribbing was bought from a French online shop Ma Petite Mercerie, and for the lining I used the remaining silk voile.

My little creative crew recently came back from holidays, and last weekend we got together again for yet another photo session, this time in a studio. Personally, I prefer taking pictures outdoors, but with the Irish weather being a bit wild for the last couple of weeks, I was happy to be photographed inside. Our goal was to revive the crazy 90’s, and I think we succeeded! Although I am not 100% sure that this shape suits me, it’s super practical and I have already worn it a few times.

Now, back to trends! From the 2015 Autumn trends there are a few which interest me a lot: the Floor-Duster coat, the Eastern Influence and the Velvet Underground. I’ve been in love with the Ingrid Coat by Style Arc for a while, but never had time to make it, and since I completed  my tailoring course not so long ago, I am itching to try my new skills. As a fan of Wong Kar Wai movies, I’ve always wanted to wear a quipao and now I have all the necessary elements to succeed: a pattern and fabric. As for the Velvet Underground, I plan to sew a pair of the foldover-front velvet trousers from a KnipMode pattern, as well as a velvet top. These are my sewing plans for this autumn.

How do you feel about these fashion trends? Is there anything you would consider sewing for yourself?

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