Friends, I know a number of you think my Marc Jacobs taffeta ensemble is a little over the top, but have you been following what's been showing up on the fashion runways of late (see opening pic)? For better or for worse, I'm on trend -- not that I pay attention to those things, but I don't want to look like I'm stuck in the Oughts.
Depending on how I style these garments, they're a lot less out there than anything from Lily Pulitzer. The combo makes a strong statement, sure. I'll let you decide what statement it makes.
I'll probably wear it most often with a solid tee shirt and jeans.
Here are the shorts, worn alone:
I think you'll agree that separately, they're very wearable.
Now here are some final construction shots. Taffeta puckers easily, and while it isn't very visible on a print like this, I had to play with my stitch length and tension to keep things (relatively) smooth. I didn't topstitch along the bottom hem, the front zipper, or the collar: it just looks a little cheap on this fabulous (and costly) fabric, imo; maybe I'll change my mind though.
My shorts have back darts: those were easy as they're aren't deep.
The inside of the waistband of my shorts is lined in my yellow nylon fabric, with an extra layer of the yellow nylon inside for strength.
I had already put bias tape along the facing edges when I decided, late, that I'd line the jacket, so I left the trim, cutting away the lining beneath the facing (rather than just leaving the lining beneath the facing). I like the way the black separates the two fabrics.
The raglan sleeves are lined in ordinary gray poly lining -- lighter weight and more slippery than the yellow nylon.
I hemmed the jacket from the inside, first reinforcing the crease with fusible interfacing, folding the lining over the hem, taping with Wonder Tape (it didn't work well here, unfortunately; I had to pin it), turning the whole thing inside out, and stitching. An alternative would have been to slip stitch from the outside. Again, I chose not to stitch a vertical hem across the bottom, though it would have been much easier. This isn't nylon, after all.
Readers, that's it. If you'd like to see the whole freezing my hinie off photo shoot -- highlights of which were on the Mood site yesterday -- you can view it here.
In closing, I don't know how I managed to write 1,000 posts. Obviously I have a lot to get off my chest. Thanks for reading them!
Question: Do you think Marc Jacobs actually designed this fabric, or was it designed by the mill and then offered to him exclusively? (Anybody know how that works?)
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