I'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. Synthetic 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. The body of the jacket went together easily. But I did notice while the jacket was hanging on my dress form that the shoulder area of the sleeve was collapsing a bit. The pattern didn't suggest a shoulder pad or anything, so I simply added sleeve heads for support. The hemming was done by hand. The jacket also has an exposed metal zipper that went in perfectly. Such a great detail that really makes a jacket like this. The seaming is another fun detail of making this jacket. They're all edge stitched. The lining is Bemberg rayon from my stash. Even though bagging the lining is always an option, I sewed mine in by hand. There was just no way I wanted to pull my well pressed jacket through any opening. I used a touch of embroidery to tack the top of the lining pleat at the center back. For 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. I 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!