Review: (OOP) Vogue 8301 | Military Jackets for Spring!

12:00 AM

A denim jacket is always a wardrobe staple that is needed in my closet.  So for this spring, I decided to make one with a twist: a denim military-style jacket.
My jacket is (OOP) Vogue 8301, view B.  This pattern is from 2006.  Yes, it's 10 years old.  I've basically curated a collection of classics that I can pull from whenever my eye catches a trend!
Vogue 8301 is a great pattern to work with, being that my inspiration is from...
For my jacket, I used this beautiful Ralph Lauren Navy Stretch Cotton Denim.  Unfortunately, it's sold out.  All of the great fabric goes fast.  But any stretch denim of your liking will work.
I cut the size 14.  I would normally cut a size 12 in a top or a jacket.  But since this jacket is quite fitted,  went with the 14 so that I'd be able to layer it over other garments.  I also added an inch at the waist for all of the pattern pieces.  I'm always surprised when the sleeves are perfect in patterns.  I didn't have to alter their length.
The jacket is unlined and topstitched with a contrasting white heavy duty thread.
I finished my seams with my serger.
My buttons are these Antique Silver Metal Blazer Buttons.
I also made my jeans. My third version of this one.
I made this pair in this amazing White Stretch Cotton Blended Denim.  It's perfect for this style.
Styling tip:  Blue denim and white denim is a marriage made in fashion heaven!  I wore them both with this great top (c/o Shein.com), nude pumps and Ray-ban aviators!

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42 comments

  1. Erica, yessssssss! This is fierce! You have certainly served the people,yess!

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  2. That is incredible, I'm gutted the pattern is op. ..off to eBay I go...

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  3. The whole ensemble is amazing but I love the jeans the most. Well done on a great outfit.

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  4. Absolutely gorgeous! I need a denim military jacket in my life!

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  5. Ooo yaaaaassss honey, you are giving me life this morning! You look amazing! I held on to that jacket pattern as well figuring it could be useful one day. You make me want to break it out like yesterday! And the fit of those jeans is divine! Now I've got to hunt that pattern down too... thanks for the inspiration!

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  6. Just perfection! Especially love the white denim!!!

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  7. I LOVE this jacket! Erica, is it made to be worn open? or with a "kissing " front? (hooks on the inside of each side, just in case I'm phrasing it wrong.
    And the fit on those jeans is just perfection! I know I'm lying to myself but I swear one of these days I am going to learn to sew...lol

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    1. It was meant to have the hook closures, but I left them off because I'm going to wear it open. Thanks Pam!

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  8. Love this ensemble - beautiful. You look gorgeous as always. Making a military style jacket out of blue denim is a great twist - love, love, love it!

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  9. Hi Erica...lovely outfit...question, where did you find the buttons?

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    1. Thanks Lora. I got them from Mood. I linked to them in the post.

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  10. Erica, Erica! I'm speechless....As I began to read the posti was expecting you to tell us where to purchase that oh so awesome Jacket..... But then you explain that you made it....Breeaauuttiiffuul... That's all I can say lady....

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  11. Out of the ordinary and gorgeous!

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  12. Another job well done Erica, what pattern is your skinny jeans?

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    1. It's the "Kendall" pattern from Baste + Gather that I pattern tested for, but she decided not to go through with the pattern. Well, I like it and I'm going to keep using my version! You should try Closet Case Ginger Jeans. I've read great things about it. Thanks Charlene!

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  13. How did you know that I needed just the right inspiration to pull that pattern out of the drawer and onto the cutting table? Thank-you for your timely intervention. Your jacket looks amazing!

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  14. you rocked this entire look and I am so hating that the jacket is OOP, is it too fierce!

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  15. Both pieces are beautiful. I can't wait to be able to make something as fierce as this. You inspire and motivate me to not give up on my craft.

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    1. No, don't give up! Keep pushing forward. Practice makes perfect. Thanks Tay!

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  16. 2006 does NOT feel like it was 10 years ago! Fabulous jacket, looks like really nice denim and the buttons are perfect too.

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    1. I know! Time is flying by. Thanks Allison!

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  17. I don't have that pattern, but I have one very similar that I think you've also reviewed (may have been in olive or khaki? Not sure)! I've even already lengthened the torso on my pattern. Fantastic, thanks!
    -Sarah.

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    1. That's a good one too. I still wear that jacket to death. Thanks Scarabee!

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  18. You ARE QUEEN of TAILORING! You are simply Fabulous! My favorite fashion forward sewing blogger.

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  19. Wow the entire outfit is fab on you! Way to go.

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  20. Very nice jacket Erica! I especially like your white denim jeans! Perfect fit on both pieces! I'm looking for another nice stretch jeans pattern and have one in my line up too. Looking good lady!

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