Monday, 19 August 2013

Inspired by Prada

Flicking through the May 2013 issue of Burdastyle magazine, I spied this DIY inspiration from the Prada 2013 Spring collection:

Page 19, Burdastyle May 2013.
I liked the handmade look of the red and white applique and decided to use it on a jacket. I chose my much loved Jalie 2795 pattern as I wanted a cosy, easy to wear jacket to see out the winter. I used polar fleece in a grey and black pattern for the main jacket and in black for the sides and lower sleeves, both from my stash.

I cut the applique shapes free hand, in keeping with the handmade look of the inspiration. I used scraps of red and white fabric from old t-shirts, machine sewed them in place and then embellished the circle with hand stitches. I couldn't find embroidery thread in time for the project, so just used four strands of normal thread. The applique was quick and fun and adds quite an impact to the jacket.

For added interest, I used a strip of red lycra between the upper and lower sleeve sections. This was simply folded lengthwise and stitched between the two fabric pieces - much easier than piping, but looks the same.

I'm happy. A warm, casual jacket that I can throw on and look like I made an effort getting ready, even if I didn't!


  1. It looks really cute! I love your interpretation of the trend! and the red piping on the sleeves picks it up on the front too. btw if you ever need embroidery thread in a hurry give me a shout, honestly I've got a lifetime's supply here :)

    1. Thank you. Really, a lifetime's supply? Excellent!

  2. I love the shot of red, simple but effective!

    1. Yes, always good to keep it simple. Thank you :)

  3. I really like it - it looks great :)


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