These Burberry items were my inspiration:
and this is my jacket
Can you see the similarities?!?
The lace was a cheap nylon variety I bought last year from Fabric.com when I was looking for suitable fabric for some flower girl dresses I was making. This was definitely not suitable. But what was I going to do with a yard of white nylon lace fabric? Dye it, of course! I headed to the local Spotlight and discovered they had a sale on their iPoly dye but both emerald green and red were not available. I knew Rosa liked purple so I went for that.
I was surprised how easily and well the nylon dyed up. I also bought some broadcloth to underline the lace but it didn't dye up very well in the iPoly boil up I had on the stove top (not too surprising given that it was 100% cotton). I had purchased a violet Dylon dye so I threw the broadcloth in the washing machine. The contrasting purple colours worked out quite well, I think.
I underlined the lace with the broadcloth before I cut both fabrics out together.
look at those fancy basting stitches! Just like Ann on the Great British Sewing Bee
I used a Valorie Wells fabric for the lining (Novella Peony) and purple hair elastics for the button loops
Although this is potentially a reversible jacket I am not sure that it will be used in that way. Neverthless, I wanted a finished look inside the jacket so I handstitched a small circle at the top of the box pleat on the inside. I'm not sure it was necessary but it is done now and I can't be bothered taking it off - even though it looks a bit wrinkly
Instead of using ribbon over the centre back seamline and the box pleat I made some 1/2 inch binding (similar to belt loops) and sewed these in place instead. I like the finish of this and I was saved from trying to find a matching or complementary ribbon (which shockingly I didn't actually have at home!)
And I finished the jacket off with some sparkly purple buttons because who doesn't like a bit of bling?
So apologies to Lightning McStitch for the purple overload in this post. If she is lucky she might just see the soft purple glow over the Tasman Sea emanating from Wellington.
But here's a suggestion for Lightning: I think this gay, purple, polyester top would make a perfect partner for her pride pants