A Posh Wearable Muslin

Some time ago I saw an Instagram post by the lovely Celia of Fig Jam and Lime Cordial which had a picture to promote the new series of Queer Eye. I was totally taken by the leopard print jacket that Tan France was wearing and decided I HAD TO HAVE THAT JACKET!!!


The decision to be made after locating the fabric was which pattern to use. I really love my Style Arc Stacie jeans jackets but wondered if it might be time to try a different option – and I had a pattern that had been waiting patiently for a very long time. I checked with The Management to see what he thought. Try the new pattern was the outcome.

I have to confess immediately that this jacket was to be made as a wearable muslin. You know, one of those thrown together projects just to test the style and fit of a new pattern. Clearly I didn’t get that memo.

The pattern is Vogue 1293, an Anne Klein design with jacket and trousers. I can’t remember when I bought this pattern but I know I have brought it to the top of the heap multiple times before it sunk without trace again. Not this time 😁.


I really liked the details in this jacket but decided that this time it would have to do without the in seam decoration. After all this is just a wearable muslin……   . The fabric I decided to use was a creamy, putty, bleurgh coloured cotton twill that came from deep stash. I didn’t like it and kept delaying the start. What to do? So I bought dye  on a Birmingham trip with the Demented Fairy, threw everything into the washing machine as instructed and turned the fabric colour to ‘Rosewood’. Much better.

I measured the actual pattern pieces to ensure I cut the right size and got going. I didn’t take too long to discover I needed to go down a size. It would seem I need to redo my measurements after all of my gym visits and running club gossipy runs. I also decided at this point that I wanted to spend a bit more time on the finish and bound all the seams (am I forgiven now for taking so long to post?).

In between general life, and just enjoying the unexpectedly lovely summer weather, I staggered to a completion this week. Check it out (on Bessie who is still my old size).



I was strangely happy spending time hand sewing the top stitch detail round the fronts and collar, and whilst I like the concealed packet I’m not sure it was actually worth the effort involved (although I might change my mind about that). I’m very happy with the seam bindings and would take more time to actually make a good job of it next time!

Even though you can’t see this on me I can say that I was very happy with it. I decided to show The Management and remind him what it was going to be made in. He liked it. He just thought that the leopard print would look better in the Style Arc pattern. He was asked his opinion before I started but hey….


Style Arc Stacie it is then. I think it’s going to be fabulous 😍


20 Comments on “A Posh Wearable Muslin”

  1. Going down a size, bound seems and hand sewing…All wonderful, well done on a stunning wearable muslin!

  2. sewbussted says:

    I’m afraid I have to agree with The Management, I really like the Style Arc pattern. But, the new jacket is fabulous!!! I think it is going to be a great color on you too.

    • Kim says:

      It was my first option but the Vogue design cried out to be tried. I love the colour now!
      I’m champing at the bit to get the leopard made up in the Style Arc pattern now 😀

  3. CJ says:

    OMG you are so clever!!!! Love that colour but now can’t wait to see the leopard in the other style!!!! Beautiful!!!!

    • Kim says:

      Thanks CJ. That colour beats the original by a mile. I think I will wear this a lot. Maybe not quite as much as the proposed leopard pattern though!

  4. Love the colour! I don’t recall the pattern itself at all but it looks great.

  5. rosemary perrett says:

    Love the red jacket great in style and colour.

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  6. Roxane says:

    The red jacket is beautiful, and how lovely to be able to go down a size! The Stacie will be lovely , too— and you have inspired me to get out of bed and go for a walk!

    • Kim says:

      Thank you! The drop in size is not intentional – I go to the gym and run to try to hold back deterioration from osteoporosis. I’m trying to build muscle not lose weight 🙄

  7. It is going to be fabulous! Lots of work, I think, but definitely rewarding in the end! I love the animal print!

  8. Fadanista says:

    It is going to be so good! I love the idea of the leopard print. I’ve just bought some orange denim for a jeans jacket, but now I want animal print – gah!!

  9. mrsmole says:

    Only you would go to the trouble of dyeing a test fabric and doing all that work!!! Love the leopard fabric and how trending to see it made up in that cool pattern! I did see a recent Katherine Tilton version of a jeans jacket that has “grown” into what we used to call a car coat:

  10. I love reading long blog posts. Fabulous job on the jacket. I love the leopard print.

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