Tadaa! This will almost certainly be my go-to spring jacket. If spring ever arrives in the eastern United States, that is.
For all posts about the making of this jacket, click here.
collar and lapel detail
zipper and covered snap detail
silk-organza covered snap
the inside is unlined. I did a Hong Kong finish on the seams. The facings and lapels are silk satin.
This is the photo that I tweaked with photo editing software to get my screen printing motif.
I think this is my absolutely favorite of all the garments you have made. But then I say that every time. You have truly outdone yourself. I love everything about this. The velvet, the screen printing, the spare quality. The juxtaposition of velvet with a moto jacket design. Gorgeous!
Thanks! I can’t wait to wear it.
I covet this jacket!
Thanks! Maybe you could make one of your own.
This is simply beautiful!
This is one of the nicet jackets I have ever seen. The printing is beautiful. Inspirational.
Gorgeous jacket. The screen printing is awesome!
Thanks! I think more people should learn to screen print.
Amazing! I’m sure you will get many compliments wearing it.
Outstanding job!!! It’s a wonderful one-of-a-kind jacket, well constructed, fashionable and so unique! Congratullations and thanks for sharing your construction process, I enjoyed following along your journey!
Moto means fire in Swahili, (I’m Kenyan).
Your finished jacket is a work of art.
My Fire Jacket! I love it.
It’s just … perfect.
You have outdone yourself again. What a lovely job, and unique too. I LOVE IT!!! You should be very proud of yourself. Thank you so much for sharing.
Thanks! I am very proud of myself.
I love it! Hope I get to see it in person this spring.
Thanks! We’ll have to plan an outing.
Sheer perfection Claudine. I am a huge fan of your blue lace dress years back, (and many others) and this just follows suit.
In reviewing your previous posts…….what pattern was this? Self drafted? I am also in awe that you put this together within the same month! That NEVER happens to me, even with the best of intentions and organization.
Thanks! I based the pattern on one from Ryuichiro Shimazaki’s coatmaking book. The pattern I started with was not a motorcycle jacket, so I made a lot of changes. The reason I did not blog about the pattern is that it would be hard to document the changes I made (some were very small) and I would not want anyone else to try this and be disappointed. It would be better to start with a pattern for a motorcycle jacket if you want to make one. StyleArc has a nice one.
this is so awesome! I love the print placements :)
Thanks! I was very careful with the placement when I was printing.
It’s beautiful, Claudine. Truly a work of art. I’ve enjoyed all the construction posts and love all the photos. The screen printing is what takes this up and over the moon. Gorgeous!
Just Fabulous! Thanks so much for the inspiration;)
I’m glad you like it.
Love this! And I love how you really make every project your own. I hope to see this on you soon! (Enough winter already!)
Thanks! In one of my parallel fantasy lives, I have a fiber-based farm where I start my project by feeding sheep and silk worms and planting flax.
Super! Absolutely lovely. I like the way you have combined the tough image of a biker jacket with the delicacy of the print and rich fabrics.
Thanks! That’s just the juxtaposition I was going for.
Another work of art, truly! Thanks for sharing your process with us!
fantastic and what a great creative expression.
This jacket takes sewing to a new level with such inspiration and perfect execution….using fabrics that are not always co-operative! Amazing result and something that belongs in a museum for future sewers to admire and drool over! Never take it off and leave in on a chair for someone will surely run off with it!
What a beautiful piece of wearable art you created. Extremely inspirational. I am in awe.
How did you make your screen for printing? Through Marcy Tilton’s service? Your jacket is truly beautiful – everything about it. Well done. Most impressive.
I made the screen using photo emulsion from dharma trading. I’m not familiar with Marcy’s service.
You always create your own wonderful, unique spin on a current fashion trend. Lovely jacket!
Looks excellent, those lacy trees are tremendous. I’m curious, did you use a specifically “moto” pattern, or did you adapt a double-breasted pea-style jacket for the sleeve and front zippers?
Thanks! I adapted a pea coat pattern from a Japanese pattern book.
Wow, this is off the charts!
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