Vogue 1099 (oop): Badgley Mischka Jacket in Bamboo Denim

I finished this  Vogue 1099 (oop): Badgley Mischka jacket well over a month ago. But, didn’t have a hook and eye closure and didn’t know what to wear it with! 

The jacket, I think, can be a bit hard to wear. I tried a bias skirt in orange it just looked to ‘big’. My wide leg black pants made me look like a block since I don’t have  thin, six foot long, model legs.

So, this poor beautiful jacket has been languishing on my dressform for weeks. I finally figured out this Burda 9-2009 skirt I made last summer to wear and wore it to work on Tuesday. It was incredibly popular. My hyper critically fashionable boss complimented me on it. Twice. She’s way into modern detail on clothes. Plus, she was probably telling me to wear more blazers!

I first talked about making this Badgley Mischka jacket in May, THREE YEARS AGO. This is why I am working out of my stash folks. Three years go by before I can even contemplate getting something sewn that I have all the supplies for.

Me, circa 2009

I was able to try this jacket on during PR Weekend Portland 2009. It’s a little odd making a garment you’ve already tried on and seen made expertly. The good thing is that you know you’ll like how it looks on you. It’s a jacket I never would have though of if I hadn’t tried it on. The bad thing is you’ve got something to live up to! I’m not sure what size the on above is. The material (despite the bright blue below) is the exact same bamboo denim. I bought what was left in the store!

When I tried on the jacket, I could see (and remembered) that there wasn’t enough room in the bust despite the ease of the jacket. For my version, I sewed a 12 with a 1 inch FBA. I find it a little constricting in the back. But, then again, I don’t often wear woven jackets. I think I should have sewn a 10, my version is little more full. But, I don’t think it looks bad.

The lining is a floral cotton that I also got that weekend (because I had this jacket in mind) — or in California for PR Weekend LA. I honestly am no longer sure….. The pattern does call for a double collar — with organza for the inner collar. But, I didn’t have any and thought it looked just fine without.

I don’t know how to explain this, but I do not love the sleeve insertion — especially the lining. For the shell, there is little easing needed, but I found the sleeve head kind of flat and just ‘meh’ for my taste. For the lining. I don’t know what was going on. But, it took me a lot of pinning and thinking to make all the pieces work out. I know that’s not helpful. But, I was working on it at 11 pm on a Friday night and didn’t think to take photos.

I followed the directions to the letter including hand sewing  the the lining to my blindhem stitched hem. Good grief. I can’t remember the last time I handsewed a hem!

I would love to make this up again in seersucker (are you shocked by that), white linen or a beautiful black silk shantung. It’s a quick sew. I had the entire shell cut constructed and sewn in four hours. That includes the super annoying gathering on the sleeves.

As you’ve gathered, I mostly sew from Burda. I don’t mind Big 4. I just have a ton of Burdas and they have great designs and the fit works really well for me. I’m glad I saw this made up so I could try it. Plus, it’s interesting to see pages and pages of directions again after the two 100 word graphs that Burda likes to spit at you :)


Here’s my tribute to the Diamond Jubilee, of which I watched none. I cut off my satellite TV several months ago and still haven’t gotten an antenna for my TV. I mean I still have a Roku and Hulu, etc. Just not broadcast television. I’m a definite Anglophile. My parents are both from Commonwealth nations, the UK was my first foreign country visit and my mom lived in England for many years. I’ve also got a slew of cousins there. Plus, I do a wicked British accent when I’ve had a glass of wine too many. At any rate, Diamond Jubilee tribute:

My friend Liz got this Union Jack harness for Linus. He’s so stinking cute it’s criminal. I love the graphic nature of the Union Jack and have a ridiculous pinterest board dedicated to its use in every day objects.