Versatility has become such a key part of my sewing process as my skills improve. When I received this gorgeous cotton lawn with fantasy leaves embroidered in different colors on this navy background, I was so determined to make something that could be worn multiple ways, through multiple seasons.
This Fantasy leaves Broderie Anglaise fabric is also available in white, lilac, green, coral and pink.
I decided to make the Ilford Jacket by Friday Pattern Company. It is such a great base for a multi-functional garment in my opinion. I also wanted the embroidered print to take center stage so didn’t want to choose a complex pattern.
The Ilford Jacket pattern features drop shoulders, multiple sleeve and pocket options. I made a size medium, long jacket version. My measurements for reference: Bust - 40”, Waist - 34”, Hips - 45”
I did not make a lot of pattern modifications to the pattern. However I decided to not insert a sleeve at all. Instead, I finished off the drop shoulder off with a sleeve band. I chose to do this because I didn’t want my frame to be overwhelmed by how busy the print can be. Having a short sleeve was a good balance. I inserted one large pocket on the right and did my best attempt to pattern match. After taking it out for a spin the first time around, I have decided that I will be inserting a second pocket on the left side as well. I used the serger to finish all raw edges and didn’t have any issues with the embroidered surface at all so that was a win. Instead of buttons, I finished my garment with snaps. I chose snaps for a
few of reasons:
1. Making buttonholes through two interfaced embroidered fabric would be too cumbersome. I wasn’t 100% sure if my machine would be able to handle having to make 8-10 buttonholes.
2. I wanted as cleanest look on the outside as possible.
3. Trying to find the right buttons that matched in my stash was quite challenging.
As my goal was to create versatile garment, finding different ways to style this piece was probably the most fun part of the project.
I ended up trying three different looks.
Look 1 – Wearing this as a shift dress is probably how I will wear it the most. I love loose clothing so with a low pair of heels, I am all set! Although I did not wear it with a belt, that is definitely an option to make a look a little more dressed up as well.
Look 2 – Wearing it with a pair of shorts or pants for a casual chic look. Sometimes throwing on a fun jacket can help elevate a simple look especially when it is an embroidered jacket!
Look 3 – Of course I had to try pairing it with a dress. Dresses are usually considered a full look on their own but they too can do with other garment layering even when it is not fall or winter. Here, I chose to pair it with this fun red sun dress and I think it doesn’t look too bad. I think I nailed the versatility factor using this beautiful fabric but I’ll leave that to you to decide.