Custom Tailoring: Navy Jacket with a Twist (or Actually, a Ruffle)

A navy blue jacket is a must-have staple in every woman's wardrobe. It gives instant polish to a casual jeans outfit; becomes work-appropriate when paired with trousers and a blouse; and lends a cool preppy vibe to a pencil skirt and turtleneck. Because this is such a wardrobe workhorse, it is definitely worth the investment to select something unique, whether as ready-to-wear or as a custom-designed piece. 


I recently completed a custom-tailored project of a navy jacket with a cool ruffle collar in place of a more traditional notched collar. The jacket fabric is a wool/camel hair blend and the lining is silk charmeuse (of course!). 


Ruffle Collar Detail: The stand-up collar gently cascades down the deep v-neckline in front. Both elements help to elongate the neckline area and draw the eye up to the face. I love how the ruffles soften the seriousness of the navy blue blazer -- a truly feminine detail. 



Contrast-Color Buttonholes: Fun! In an effort to lighten up the navy blue, I worked bright pink buttonholes along the sleeve cuffs to add a subtle pop of color in a most unexpected place. Details like this are rare or non-existent in the ready-to-wear world -- but easily done in custom or couture.


Hand-Dyed Silk Charmeuse Lining: This is a very luxurious choice for the lining, but it is so wonderful against the skin. Only in a custom-made garment!


Matching Top: A benefit of creating a custom garment is being able to secure enough fabric to make a matching top. The gorgeous silk charmeuse used for the lining was also used to make a simple sleeveless top. 


Custom-Tailored Jacket: It is close-fitting with slim sleeves and princess seams. Two double-welt pockets are in front and the sleeve cuffs feature an elongated button placket. 


I love how this jacket turned out. It has a classic style but with a couple of interesting details that make it a true stand-out piece. For more information about tailoring, here's a blog post I wrote!



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