Drapery Fabric = Jacket?

If you read my post yesterday, you know I was teaching a seminar in the Hancock Fabrics store in Onalaska, WI. Yesterday, I shared two gorgeous chenille jackets that had been made by employees at the store. But they are not alone in their love of jackets. Today I have two jackets made by Rose, another employee at the store.

Instead of making chenille to make her jackets, Rose uses drapery fabrics. The weight and texture of the fabrics make for a very rich looking jacket.

This jacket was made using Kwik Sew Pattern #3236


And here is a view of the back of the jacket – aren’t the colors just perfect together? Imagine this on a cool fall day!


A closeup of the back of the jacket, can you see the slight textural differences in the fabrics that were used?


And this button, with it’s slightly antiqued look, really sets off the jacket. So often we don’t think of finding a good ‘match’ for accessories like buttons, but they really do make a big difference!


And because in Wisconsin, even spring can be rather cool, this jacket is a perfect way to let you ‘think spring’ even when you can’t really go outside and enjoy spring yet. Made using Kwik Sew Pattern #3129


This jacket was made using drapery remnants, which makes it a much more affordable option than going out and purchasing a one large piece of fabric for the jacket. And, just as with the brown jacket above, the different fabrics add interest to the jacket.

We’ve all seen great purses and bags made using decorator fabrics. They are a great choice not only due to the colors and patterns available, but because of the durability of the fabrics – now you’ve seen that those same fabrics make a great option for a light-weight jacket. What other ways can you think of to use decorator fabrics – other than the expected?

Love the feel of chenille? Here are some more ideas for making and using your own chenille fabric:

Sheila Reinke, Heart of Sewing

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