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nancy2001 (Nancy Robertson ) Category: wool

This classically styled but high-energy jacket was inspired by Tommy Nutter and Edward Sexton, whose custom made clothes for the Beatles, Rolling Stones and Elton John revolutionized Savile Row tailoring in the 1960s and 70s.

The self drafted pattern includes: high-set peaked lapels, shoulder princess seams, long set –in sleeves, mitered sleeve vents, a bound buttonhole, angled faux pockets at the hip, and a back half belt. The semi-fitted silhouette is slightly nipped in at the waist, and oversized handmade shoulder pads, chest shields and sleeve headers build up the upper chest and shoulders. Strategically placed contrasting binding broaden the shoulders, accentuate a trim waist and minimize the hips to flatter a pear shaped woman.

Fabrics and supplies were bought on sale, and the total cost was just under $40. The bright red fabric is medium weight, 100% worsted wool from fabric.com, and binding is made of black genuine Ultrasuede light. The jacket is interfaced with fusible weft interfacing and fully lined with black Bemberg rayon. Antique silver buttons provide a glint of shine and a break from the bold red and black theme. The button’s square shape echoes the linear binding.

Note that the pictures do not capture the true colors of the jacket. The jacket is actually fire-engine red, and the trim is jet black.