When we posted our Baroque Punk Jacket a little while back, I hoped it would inspire some folks to try the designs out in a similar fashion. Well I got my wish, and it’s just as awesome as I hoped it would be! Stitcher Krista took inspiration from the jacket and made it her own, stitching her creation from scratch and even adding some quilted panel inspiration for a truly stunning couture piece.
She talks a little with us today about the inspiration behind the piece, and a lucky find at a fabric shop that helped pull the jacket together…
Talk about what inspired this. What’s the story behind your jacket? How did it get started?
I had actually seen the jacket on StitchPunk done with the Baroque Punk designs and bought a studded blazer to embroider the designs on. Then I remembered a pattern that I had bought a few months ago (Simplicity SUEDEsays 2056) that I thought would compliment the designs nicely.
I was on a quilting shop hop and found the coolest quilting panel that tied in with the vision in my mind. I was going to the Houston Rodeo Cook-Off in February and needed something awesome to wear. It all tied together and has become one of my new favorite jackets!
Tell us a bit about the pattern you used. Did you modify it at all?
I made the jacket off of Simplicity SUEDEsays 2056. I did some alterations to the jacket, changed the sleeve so the embroidery would fit. I also added a lining to the jacket.
What made you choose the Baroque Punk series? Which designs did you choose?
I loved the Baroque Punk designs when I saw them and started thinking about how I could use them. I used the Baroque Punk Swallow on the front, Baroque Punk Revolvers and Baroque Punk Roses on the back, Baroque Punk Roses on the right sleeve and Baroque Punk Heart Locket on the left sleeve.
How long did it all take?
The whole jacket took about a week to design, embroider and construct. I took the quilt panel and cut it to pieces, using most of the panel. I did all of the embroidery before sewing the jacket together. Adding a lining to the jacket gave it a nice, finished look. After it was all put together, I added over 600 Swarovski rhinestones by hand in complimenting shades.
Any challenges along the way? What advice would you give someone trying a similar project?
The lining was a little challenging, I haven’t ever done a lined jacket. With the assistance of my mother, who has taught me most of what I know about sewing, it came together beautifully. I would recommend just taking your time with a project like this. And if you’re not an experienced seamstress, I would use a pattern for a lined jacket, instead of adding a lining to one.
What’s your next project going to be?
The business I run tends to run more towards children’s clothing, so I’m not sure what will be next. Maybe I’ll design a Baroque Punk jacket for my daughter.
That is a truly gorgeous jacket, Krista. I love how it is both heavily influenced by, yet completely unique from the original Baroque Punk Blazer. It is everything I hoped people would do when making the designs their own!
The colors too are just gorgeous, almost an inversion of the original, and I am just in love with the unique way the fabric panels are incorporated onto the jacket. The shapes and panels just perfectly set off each piece! Topped with a liberal application of jewels, this jacket must have really shone (tee hee) at that Cook-Off. Plus, there isn’t another one like it in the world! My favorite kind of fashion.
I can’t wait to see the next project you dream up — it would be pretty adorable to see a mini version of this jacket for your daughter. I think people of all ages deserve to look this cool!
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