Monday, December 2, 2013

Double Peplum Jacket Part 2 and Thanksgiving in Las Vegas

Thank you all for your lovely comments on my Double Peplum Jacket. Since last week, I've worn it a couple of times -- it is an easy style to just throw on over a tank or t-shirt. It is so easy to wear -- I think I'm beginning to like it! Here are some additional photos of the jacket.

Front view with our birds of paradise...

Side view next to our dusty etagere…

Back view leaving Starbucks with a pumpkin spice latte…

As I mentioned in my prior post, here are some things I would do differently:

1. Cut the peplum pieces on straight grain rather than bias. The flares naturally add movement and the ends are cut on a sort-of bias grain anyway, so there was no need to cut on bias. If I had cut on straight grain, the lines on the fabric would have been more attractive.

2. Think through how to hem this type of bulky fabric along a flared hemline. If I had planned better, I would have made a hem facing out of a thinner fabric. My last-minute fix of stitching bias along the hemline and adding interfacing to stabilize the hem after-the-fact was ok, but it wasn't the best approach.

3. Consider adding hook/eyes along center front. I wanted a casual look so I opted to omit the hook/eyes, but in hindsight, it would have been nice to have the option of closing the jacket in front.

4. Stay-stitch the lining neckline edge by hand or cut the center front a bit wider for "insurance". While I hand-stitched the lining to the jacket along the edges, I first stay-stitched the neckline and center front edges by machine. For some reason, the machine stitching caused the lining fabric to seize up slightly along the neckline edge. Despite some aggressive pressing and clipping, I ended up with not enough width to get as close as I wanted to the center front edge. In the photo below, you can see there is about 3/4 inches from the lining edge to the center front edge. There should only have been about a 1/4 inch.

For those of you in the U.S., I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday! We ended up traveling to Las Vegas for a couple of days -- quite a departure from our usual gatherings, but it was fun to do something different this year.

Here's a view of a small portion of the Strip -- Las Vegas' main drag.

We took a break from the hordes of people in smoke-filled casinos to visit Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, a beautiful drive/hike area located a mere 30 minutes from Las Vegas.

The gorgeous conservatory at the Bellagio hotel.

Of course I had to take a photo of the beautiful Fiori de Como chandelier by Dale Chihuly. Until next time, Las Vegas!


  1. That jacket looks great, super cute and I love the pink lining. I know what you mean about the lining being not quite the right fit, that has happened to me also. Fun trip to Las Vegas, did you win?

    1. Unfortunately we didn't come home as winners, but we had a great time!

  2. Cute jacket, Jean! I love that back peplum - even on the bias. I wouldn't change a thing!

  3. I'm with Shams. Great pictures of the desert!

    1. Thank you! The landscapes were amazing out there -- so expansive that you feel very, very small.

  4. Jean your coat is stunning - why are you only beginning to like it!? American landscapes always make me want to hop over there, hire a car (open top of course) and just drive.

  5. Your jacket is lovely! It fits perfectly and looks so understated and elegant. Lovely landscape photos too - you make me homesick for the desert!