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March 18, 2008

Hot Patterns Geisha Girl Jacket

Filed under: Fabric,Patterns — phyllisc @ 3:57 pm

Here she is – there is not too much to say in addition to the review on PR, except that I added thin shoulder pads because I’m mouse shouldered. 

One thing I’m still debating is whether or not to add some hand top-stitching on the red side.  I have some soft gray silk buttonhole twist that might be nice.  Will need to ponder that a bit more.

The shoulder pads are stitched to the seam allowance at the shoulder, and tacked to a small pieces of black fusible woven interfacing at the points.  These are ready made, and composed of batting instead of foam. I wanted a pad that would drape softly and identically regardless of what side of the jacket I’m wearing.

I’m very happy with it – it weighs nothing, and it looks as good loose as it does belted because the silk organza interfacing stiffens the edges just enough to flare the jacket away from my body.


  1. Wow… it’s stunning!

    Comment by Susannah — March 18, 2008 @ 4:12 pm

  2. Gorgeous! I would go with topstitching. What a fabulous jacket.

    Comment by Isabelle — March 18, 2008 @ 4:39 pm

  3. Beautiful!

    Comment by Kris C. — March 18, 2008 @ 4:49 pm

  4. Really nice! I think if I stumble across the right fabric I will definitely have to make this jacket. Love the reversible-ity of it.

    Comment by LindsayT — March 18, 2008 @ 4:56 pm

  5. Oh Wow! I love it. Yes, I think the grey hand stitching would be the right finishing touch. It would make the solid side look more like a side than a lining.

    Comment by Summerset — March 18, 2008 @ 5:00 pm

  6. Magnificent! I wouldn’t change a thing, but you most obviously have better “vision” than I do. This is soooooooo gorgeous!!

    Comment by Meg — March 18, 2008 @ 5:39 pm

  7. It’s gorgeous!

    Comment by stacysews — March 18, 2008 @ 6:24 pm

  8. Phyllis, that turned out spectacular!

    Comment by Gorgeous Things — March 18, 2008 @ 6:33 pm

  9. Lovely “Geisha jacket” no need to add some handstitching on the red side.
    Enjoy wearing it.

    Comment by Els — March 18, 2008 @ 7:44 pm

  10. Simply beautiful! I vote against top-stitching too. This needs nothing added to it, it’s perfect.

    Comment by LauraLo — March 19, 2008 @ 2:52 am

  11. It is absolutely gorgeous!

    Comment by Gigi — March 19, 2008 @ 8:43 am

  12. Phyllis, this jacket is precious and also the fact that it is double-sided has much merit. I am glad to see that you made your belt, I like a lot. Greetings and big hug for you. Paco

    Comment by Paco Peralta — March 19, 2008 @ 9:48 am

  13. I like the idea of grey or dark red handpicked top stitching only on the solid red side.

    Comment by Janie — March 19, 2008 @ 11:03 am

  14. I think it turned out to be beautiful. Personally, I think I like it without any topstitching on the red side, however, you’ll probably do it and then I’ll see that it’s perfect.

    Comment by Marji — March 19, 2008 @ 12:55 pm

  15. Oh. Phyllis. This is just stunning. I think I like it without the topstitching. But, I think it would take a can of paint to take away from this.

    Comment by cidell — March 19, 2008 @ 4:05 pm

  16. I just love it! Gorgeous colors and fabrications.

    Comment by Cindy — March 20, 2008 @ 8:24 am

  17. It is sensational and its sewn in a way, for which I love to come to your page: brilliant!

    Comment by Claudia — March 20, 2008 @ 10:00 am

  18. Love the jacketing with the accent. Just one comment – you may want to try a different shaped shoulder pad for the shape of the garment. Try one used for drop shoulder or dolman sleeved garments.

    Comment by Simple Grl — March 24, 2008 @ 9:21 am

  19. Thanks for the suggestion Simple Grl, I considered that, but if I had used a raglan shouder pad I wouldn’t have been able to reverse the jacket.

    Comment by phyllisc — March 24, 2008 @ 11:24 am

  20. Brilliant! You did an outstanding job, Phyllis!

    Comment by Tany — March 25, 2008 @ 3:43 am

  21. I like!!! Beautiful!!! Gorgeous colors and fabrications.

    Comment by sismada — March 28, 2008 @ 2:37 pm

  22. Hello,

    I love the jacket!! It would be so useful – Im always saying I just dont have a jacket for the occassion and hate wearing the same one again and again… How hard is it likely to be? I’m only just starting out learning to sew, would this be this be too much maybe?

    Can I have the pattern name and number?



    Comment by Jenny — June 29, 2008 @ 4:03 pm

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