Hot! The “Plaid Starlet” Suit Jacket

The Facts

Fabric: 100% Wool, acetate lining, gabardine leftovers for piping
Pattern: Gertie’s Starlet Suit Jacket
Year: 2012, vintage-inspired
Notions: 4 vintage buttons, hair canvas, interfacing, piping cord
Time to Complete: 3 weeks
First worn: this past weekend
Wear again? Yes!  I lurf it.

Total Price: ~37EUR

Price Breakdown: 17 EUR wool (end of bolt), 7 EUR acetate from the Bombshell Dress, 8 EUR interfacing, scrap cotton used for pocket bags, 2 EUR piping cord, 3 EUR for small amount of hair canvas.

One of my sewing resolutions for 2012 was to make a jacket with a lining.  I was really intimidated by the very thought of this last year.  But, I guess I must have gained some confidence somewhere in the in-between because I decided I could tackle matching plaids, DIY piping, an acetate lining, bound buttonholes, and a welt pocket.  Yes.  Oh, and some hand tailoring too; the upper collar is interfaced out of hair-canvas with pad-stitching. The first step was overcoming the fear of cutting into this fabric.  It was the end remains of a bolt of beautiful wool plaid with a really soft hand.  I fretted over what to make with it…

Then came Gertie of Blog for Better Sewing fame.  She makes everything look attainable.  Her Starlet Suit Jacket pattern and course came out in February, and that was it.  Starstruck and sold.  I proceeded step by step through the course and completed the jacket in fairly good time for this challenge.  I’m still marveling at how her bound buttonholes came out so smooth!  There’s something so polished about them when they’re done right.  It was my first time making bound buttonholes, and I think I might have overworked the fabric because I can’t steam the wrinkles out. So, now I’m on the hunt for spray starch, and having never owned such a thing, I look at my sewing space in amazement… invisible ink pens, hair canvas, a real iron, and now spray starch!  But, I’m also wearing a dandy new wool jacket with pretty soft blue lining!

pretty blue lining

Look, Ma, no glue!



Adriprints is an illustrator and designer by trade; a knitter, crocheter, and pseudo-seamstress by craft. You can find her work in typo-phile calendars, online knitting mags, and on random people's business cards, greeting cards, and websites. She currently lives in Munich.


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  1. Wow, what a classy looking jacket! I’ve been wondering about that Craftsy course and may have to sign up for it soon now. I’m also a bit intimidated by all of the hand stitching and tailoring stuff, but it looks like it really is worth it. Your jacket is awesome and it looks like you did a great job on the tailoring too!

    • Hi Juli, Thanks for commenting! Throughout the course you have the hand-tailoring option or the fusible method. You can go through nearly the whole project without hand-tailoring should you desire. Some of the hand-sewing musts: the last of the lining, the buttons, and basting.

  2. It’s beautiful! I love the detail and pattern. Great job!

  3. Lovely! Your plaid matching is impressive. As are your bound buttonholes, welt pockets and piping. This jacket has a lot going on. Great job!

  4. I love it! The more I see the Starlet, the more I like it. Your version takes on so much and certainly wins! Feel proud!

  5. Congrats on accomplishing your goal! It looks fantastic! Very impressive.

  6. Hello! It’s you! I didn’t recognize you with your long hair. (It’s Sarah, the Munich lithographer). Love the jacket and the blue dress … such snazzy photos in the shower! I’ll be back in Munich in Aug but your in Amsterdam … lucky girl!

    • Hey Ssarah, it’s great to hear from you!! I was just thinking of you when I was looking to frame the print you gave me. We have to chat. I will be moving back to Munich later this year! Glad you like the jacket and Bombshell dress.

    • Sent you an e-mail! Great hearing from you, lady!

  7. Wow, haven’t seen hand tailoring in years. I did it when I was studying fashion design – never again! How many times did you prick your finger? I shredded mine! Great work making a jacket. I want to do a short coat for this winter – you have inspired me!

    • Your comment made me laugh! I only bled once during this project because of hand-knitting. The way you have to hold the collar makes it comfortable to do the pad-stitching. It was actually sewing in the lining at the end where I stuck myself in the cuticle. So glad I inspired you! Happy Sewing!

  8. Wow! I bought this course too and have been gearing up and gathering supplies. You did such a great job with the plaid and all the tailoring, very inspiring.

  9. Thank you, Lee! I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

  10. Fantastic job Andri!! she looks very professional, a stunning fit too. Love it!!

  11. Hi Adri, beautiful job on the construction, I’m a big admit of sewist who can plaids so perfect.

  12. Thank you, Krista!

  13. Love it, Adri! It fits you like a dream, and the fabric is gorgeous!

  14. Super sharp – your jacket looks fab and that is a good endorsement of the sewing class.

  15. Your jacket looks amazing! I’m glad to see someone else using plaid for that jacket, mine is going to be out of a red plaid in the stash and I was wondering if it would work : ) I’m still a little intimidated by all the hand tailoring, but since I found a bunch of hair canvas remnants last week I figure I might as well!