Project

Koos van den Akker Jacket

Project Description

What are you most proud of? I thought the whole project turned out well. With jeans and my diamond earrings - I can go anywhere! What advice would you give someone starting this project? I collected fabrics and the bias tape for several weeks before starting. I had a clear image in my head of what I wanted the jacket to look like. The final jacket goes well beyond the original pattern pieces - the appliqu was "basted" in place with a touch of 3M spray adhesive, then I pinned the bias tape to the edges and top stitched carefully one needle-width from the edge. What you can't see in the photo is that I top stitched the applique 1/4" from the bias tape in all the spaces created by the tape. I also did several practice samples of the welt pockets and bound buttonholes before doing them on the jacket itself.

What you will need

  • raw silk
  • rayon

Q&A with jmn111

Linda74Sews asked:
Stunning work. Your attention to detail is impressive. Can't wait to see more of your projects. Would you mind sharing what pattern you used?
jmn111 answered:
The pattern: Favorite Things - The Frayed Jacket (http://www.favoritethings.net/favorite/patterns/wearables/the_frayed_jacket). I made a size 12 - had to improvise lining pieces since there was no lining included in the pattern. The pattern was pretty good since the pieces did go together without having to do too much fudging.
Saintmommie asked:
This is a marvelous art jacket. I've looked at it almost from the day you shared it and have almost a stash of fabric to sew my own interpretation. Would it be possible to see a photo of the back of this amazing jacket.
jmn111 answered:
I've posted a photo of the back as well as the front and back of the Koos van den Akker jacket that was the inspiration!
Charlotte Crazy for Sewing asked:
Hi, this is gorgeous. I had a chance to go to Koos and Company in New York City about a week ago and fell in love. Did you do this as part of a Craftsy class? If so, which one? Thanks.
jmn111 answered:
Not a Craftsy class, sorry!