100% wool trim is a rare bird. The character it carries through its ever-so-slightly fuzzy appearance and three-dimensional loft make it quite unique. We scooped up the woven wool cloth at one of our favorite fabric shops, Textile Fabrics (Nashville). It was the natural choice for this jacket. Waiting quietly in the wings was a few-year-old Anne Klein/Vogue pattern with just the right amount of curves and lapel interest. We modified the lower front hemline to round the right angles, making them more workable with the trim.
Because the piece seemed to want something a little softer to match the collar's curves, lapel, and hemline, the sleeves were gathered with an inch-wide elastic to create a slight puff and ruffle. During construction, the seams were topstitched with a chunky cordonnet thread because, well, we just love to do that!
Naturally, we then whipped trim around every possible place: the collar, lapels, front, and hemline. It is all stitched on by hand as to not flatten one bit of the trim's wooly goodness. A contrasting mid-weight rayon twill in a soft blue-grey was selected for the lining. To make the interior as snazzy as the exterior, we piped a few of the seams with an insertion of the flip side of the lining fabric. As it turns out, it is a lovely shade of taupe which picks up the taupe in the fabric quite well. Perhaps now it is off to spring...
Wool Puff Braid Trim #T6148 and the Vogue pattern is #1597
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