From Oscar de la Renta suiting to IKEA upholstery fabric

You know those competitions where you use one pattern for different looks?

I’ve got a great example to show you.

This is BurdaStyle 11/2014 #110

The shorter version of BurdaStyle 11/2014 #111

Why do I make a shorter version of this same pattern? Don’t I have lots of other perfectly good patterns?

Well, I had a toile

And.. I knew that just a little bit of work would give me a wearable garment.

That contrast collar was a design choice led by necessity (I didn’t have enough of the IKEA fabric left). It’s hot pink, because you all encouraged me. And I love it!

Technical details

Pattern: BurdaStyle 11/2014 #110

Size: 34-42, I made a 42 with no alterations

Fabric: The outer fabric is cotton canvas from IKEA, perfect for curtains, cushions and other upholstery uses. The collar and facing is a cotton twill , and its lined with Sunsilky – a polyester lining with good breath-ability.

Isn’t that collar ridiculous?!

I didn’t use any interfacing – the IKEA fabric has incredible body. I might regret this later. The cotton twill is a bit soft.

I added an inner pocket because the jacket was a bit short for usable side seam pockets.

Of course this jacket started off as a coat toile.

I chopped off my toile at the cutting line for the jacket, plus a hem.

Because of the slight flare in the skirt part of the coat, turning up the hem required a little bit of gathering. I could have unpicked, reshaped the pieces and resewn all the seams, but that seemed more fiddly than necessary.

The gathering worked well, and is all hidden under the bagged lining anyway.

The cut off lower skirt then was sliced into strips for the belt. Because of the seams in this design, the belt has lots of joins, and it’s not completely on grain.

I’m in two minds about the belt as a tie belt. I think I’ll add a buckle and make it more like a trench coat belt.

The other problem with using the toile was the sleeve length. I’d cut them out to length – so there was no hem allowance added.

I got around this by cutting out a separate facing and then sandwiching this to the outer fabric with a black bias binding.

No loss of length, a firm faced hem and nice black bound edge

How much fun is this jacket?!

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26 Responses to From Oscar de la Renta suiting to IKEA upholstery fabric

  1. sewbussted says:

    If I ever come to Australia, I’m leaving with that jacket 😉 OMG is that ever great!

    • SewingElle says:

      You are so lovely that I’d almost let you take it, because it would be great to see you. Plus I’d swap it for something in your suitcase!
      When are you coming?!

  2. Thimberlina says:

    Stunning! I loved your first one but I actually prefer this – I think it’s the pink collar, such a statement piece. It’s made me want to make something similar. I only live about 10 minutes always from ikea…….. 😀

    • SewingElle says:

      Go check out their fabrics. They have all sorts of interesting designs. None really suitable for garments of course, but still, it’s fun to make them work!

  3. Tia Dia says:

    Absolutely gob-smacking marvelous. What did I say about your fabric choices making pattern designs wow?!

  4. ooobop says:

    This is just the most fabulous jacket ever! I’m totally going to check out Ikea fabrics now!

  5. accordion3 says:

    Gorgeous! Love the little face peeping over your belt at your waist – awesome print placement on a toile!

  6. Jennifer says:

    I absolutely love it!! Wow, you look fantastic in it.

  7. Nonsuch says:

    I admit I had my doubts at first, but the finished product is sensational. Absolutely gorgeous + v clever re: the sleeve hem finish.

  8. Christine says:

    wow! a great way to use your toile, love the pink collar

  9. That is one fun jacket! What an inspired creation – so cleverly done and it suits you perfectly!

  10. Robyn says:

    What a difference fabric choice makes! Both versions are fantastic, but the Ikea one just made me smile as soon as I saw it – love the hot pink!

  11. Paola says:

    That is one fun jacket! I love the IKEA fabric section.

  12. Very unusual jacket, but very fabulous too.

  13. sewruth says:

    You win the one pattern different looks competition! Really fun jacket – I mean really fun.

  14. Summerflies says:

    I do love this jacket. I think the pink collar is the absolute bomb! The Ikea fabric is really good quality for cushions or coats (but I’d rather have the coat).

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