Thursday, March 7, 2013

Raspberry cropped jacket; 6 different ways

I first made this raspberry red, bracelet sleeved, silk hessian jacket a couple of years ago, using Vogue 2894 and the squeensiest length of raspberry red silk hessian.  It felt like a miracle I was able to cut out the pattern pieces! but the fabric was obviously meant to become this jacket since it has become a staple piece in my wardrobe.  The jacket was originally posted here as part of another outfit, along with my review of the pattern.
Now in past 6 different ways posts I've delved into my wardrobe to come up with a whole bunch of outfits featuring the item ... but this time I've gone for a retrospective look at some old outfits.  Five of these photos are from various me-made or self-stitched months... and it was quite interesting to look back seeking out old pictures again...

At left, on a freeeezing summer's day in Paris, with black jeans and a soft grey hoodie, in a sorta Full Metal Alchemist get-up.  Yes, of course I watched the entire series, with my children, hehe.  Didn't you?!!  Worth it, my friends.  Worth.  It.  And at right; worn with a white wrap-front blouse and my blue and white patchwork skirt, to a birthday do for my Mum...


At left; brightening up a plain but smart oatmeal dress, and chocolate gloves, tights and boots.  I later took Sam out to lunch for his birthday.  Incidentally, one of the really great things about documenting your outfits each in those me-made months is that you do have an instant mental snapshot of that day, which sure helps my sad old mind in recalling the day and just what I was doing.  Probably I would not remember a single second of this day, if I did not have the photo here....
At right; I never put this photo in my blog for some reason.  Probably decided I did not like the outfit after all or something, too much red and purple together but actually it's not so bad!  I am wearing the jacket with my purple jeansa burgundy scarf, and an orange rtw cardigan.
At left; on a rainy but not too cold day in Paris; I wore the jacket with a navy/white striped Tshirt and a little ivory skirt.  btw, I didn't intentionally put together a French "uniform" that day.  I only realised later on how super-cliched I looked.  Tourists, huh?  So embarrassing....!  At right; the jacket adds a touch of colour to an all--white outfit... here worn with my bamboo shoot top and a long layered lace-y skirt.  
As the cooler weather starts to roll around again, I will be glad to pull this one out of the wardrobe and wear it again.  I've always loved the three quarter length sleeves.  Plus, it's kinda chirpy and cheerful, and instantly adds a zing to any old thing it gets slung over.

28 comments:

  1. What a delicious colour! This looks as though it was designed for you, it's perfect.

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  2. I'm with you on three-quarter sleeves. Sometimes it is all we need in our mild autumn and winters.

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  3. Such a great idea for spring too! And lovely color!

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  4. It's a versatile jacket in a delicious color!

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  5. What a lovely colour! It looks really versatile and I particularly like it with the purple jeans. Very yummy!

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  6. Love it. A great pattern. I'm with you on the 3/4 sleeves too. Love the colour and I too think it looks great with the purple jeans.

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  7. Carolyn, la chaqueta está preciosa pero me encanta con la falda de retales de la segunda fotografía, es muy bonnita.

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  8. Who would have thought raspberry was so versatile? It looks fantastic with everything. I especially like it zinging against purple. It's a good colour on you too.

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  9. An Oscar de La Renta. Now wonder it is so lovely and stood the test of time. I'm glad you managed to cut it out of the fabric you had - it looks as lovely now as when you first made it.

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  10. I wouldn´t know what look I like best. All of them are really stylish. The jacket is so versatile and the colour so pretty! The idea of matching it with a hoody is just brilliant!

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  11. I really love that jacket. My favourite outfit is with the Oatmeal dress which I really, really love! Next up is the Paris 'uniform' ~ rather than touristy, I thought you would fit into the Paris scene very well. From my experience of tourists, having lived near Heathrow for many years, is that they wear either jeans and anoraks or jersey trainer pants and t-shirts. Comfort in flying obviously - but we do get the odd one or two with real style - like you.

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  12. Gorgeous jacket. My favourite is the Paris pic - chic, not touristy!

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  13. What a beautiful jacket! Super versatile. I love it with the purple pants.

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  14. Great outfits! I may like the Parisienne one best. (It's the stripes... ;)

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  15. love all the looks and especially the colour of the jacket... think I actually like the Parisienne one best too.

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  16. very nice, it is perfect for a spring jacket. I am just making a rasberry wool jacket, I will have to try and see how many things I can actually wear it with.

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  17. Bracelet length jackets are much the same for me as three-quarter length sleeves: annoying. I generally wear jackets because I'm chilly and I want all the cover I can get! I do have a couple of these in my closet, however (not made by me, sadly), so will try to remember them for when what passes as summer rolls around again. I love your raspberry jacket best with cream and white dresses; they let the jacket be the star. Only one question: do you have a beret to match?

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    1. Shelley; no I do not have a beret! The last time I wore one I was a Girl Guide :)

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  18. What a great post! It's so inspiring to see how many lovely outfits you've made with that gorgeous jacket!

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  19. HI Carolyn. I really love the jacket; its so versatile. I especially like it with the blue skirt and with the dress and boots. Very classy.

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  20. You really showed the expanded possibilities of that jacket.

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  21. I love your raspberry/purple/burgundy/orange outfit! Great color-blocking with rich, solid colors. I'd love to see more of this idea in the fashion-sewing world.

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  22. This is a great jacket! i love it with your striped t-shirt and ivory skirt.

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  23. Such a versatile jacket. I love sewing wins like this one. Something that goes with everything and get worn plenty.

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  24. Lovely jacket. I actually think the raspberry and purple offering is my favouriteso I'm glad you included it!

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  25. Who would have thought raspberry would be such a versatile colour? I like your jacket much better than the one on the pattern cover!

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  26. Such a sweet jacket! I love that you have styled in in so many unexpected ways! Nicely done, Carolyn!

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