Review: Vogue 1517 | Two-Ways to Wear a Metallic Jacket!

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Vogue 1517 - Erica Bunker DIY Style-18I've been loving the fashion-weight faux leathers and this bright gold one is my latest obsession. I knew that I would use it for Vogue 1517, because it was just perfect. V1517Synthetic leather was recommended for this jacket. But the original designer jacket is made in genuine leather:


But I knew that this faux leather would be a great alternative because it has the characteristics and finish of lambskin. It's very buttery! So I began with cutting the size 14 for this pattern. And based on the measurements, I didn't need to adjust. I sewed this with my BERNINA Walking Foot and a Microtex needle. Vogue 1517 - Erica Bunker DIY Style-2   The body of the jacket went together easily. Vogue 1517 - Erica Bunker DIY Style-1But I did notice while the jacket was hanging on my dress form that the shoulder area of the sleeve was collapsing a bit.Vogue 1517 - Erica Bunker DIY Style-19 The pattern didn't suggest a shoulder pad or anything, so I simply added sleeve heads for support. Vogue 1517 - Erica Bunker DIY Style-3The hemming was done by hand. Vogue 1517 - Erica Bunker DIY Style-14The jacket also has an exposed metal zipper that went in perfectly. Vogue 1517 - Erica Bunker DIY Style-9     Such a great detail that really makes a jacket like this. Vogue 1517 - Erica Bunker DIY Style-20   The seaming is another fun detail of making this jacket. Vogue 1517 - Erica Bunker DIY Style-12 Vogue 1517 - Erica Bunker DIY Style-11 Vogue 1517 - Erica Bunker DIY Style-7They're all edge stitched. Vogue 1517 - Erica Bunker DIY Style-26The lining is Bemberg rayon from my stash. Vogue 1517 - Erica Bunker DIY Style-4   Even though bagging the lining is always an option, I sewed mine in by hand.Vogue 1517 - Erica Bunker DIY Style-15 There was just no way I wanted to pull my well pressed jacket through any opening. Vogue 1517 - Erica Bunker DIY Style-17I used a touch of embroidery to tack the top of the lining pleat at the center back. Vogue 1517 - Erica Bunker DIY Style-22For pressing, even though ironing is NOT recommended, I used my iron. I pressed my seams with my teflon foot on my iron and with a cotton muslin pressing cloth. If you choose to press this fabric, be extremely careful to not EVER allow the iron to actually come in contact with the faux leather. Vogue 1517 - Erica Bunker DIY Style-24I absolutely love this jacket. I've been reaching for it ever since I finished it. This fabric is incredible and I would buy it in every single color if I could!                     

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  1. Amazingly beautiful!

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  2. Wow Erica, this is a gorgeous jacket and impressive workmanship. That zipper is perfect.

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  3. Well done, such a stunning jacket...

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  4. Beautiful as usual, luv it 😍😍

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    1. Thank you B-Styles Unlimited!

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  5. This is really pretty!! Construction is on point!! The copper is really a yummy color too! You have inspired me to add a sporty blazer. I don't wear them often at all, but there have been a few times I've reached and the cupboard was bare! Maybe now it's colder outside I can solve that issue. Love the relaxed look as well!!!

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    1. I love little jackets like this. I can easily drive in them and they're so easy to wear. Thanks Carol!

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  6. Great jacket! I can see how it will be well used and I love, love, love faux leathers.

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    1. Me too! There are some great ones available now. Thanks Carolyn!

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  7. Perfect! Love your tee shirt too !!!

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  8. Thank you so much for the tips, the jacket is wonderful!

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  9. It looks fabulous Erica - I especially love it with your ripped jeans!

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  10. REally, really gorgeous!

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  11. Super cute jacket Erica! I love what you paired it with too!

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  12. Lady, your work is AMAAAZING. The edge stitching is CRAZY. When I grow up I'm definitely going to be like you. I'm in the midst of making my first coat and I always reference back to your post on making a coat....the inside of a coat. Thank you so much for sharing your blessing with us.

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    1. Thanks for reading and good luck with your coat. You're going to feel so proud!

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  13. Erica, what did you use for the sleeve head? Batting?

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  14. It's beautiful, I love the way you embroidered the pleat under your label.

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    1. Thank you Deborah. I love those cute little details!

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  15. Wow another beautiful jacket ...

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  16. Did you use just a regular poly thread?? I've never sewen with this type of fabric before!

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    1. I used regular all-purpose thread.

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  17. Beautiful. All your items are typically Erica Stunning :)

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  18. Your construction is impeccable, and you style it and wear it so well!

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  19. Beautiful job Erica! How do you get your edge stitching so perfect?

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    1. Attention to detail and patience! Thanks Renee!

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