The Parisian Jacket

Jackets, I think, are my favorite thing to add embroidery to. This might be a fairly obvious statement, given that we’ve done a fair share of embroidered jackets like the ones here, here, and here. For me, it’s the perfect canvas; the best example of a wearable, durable surface that really lets you showcase your favorite stuff. It’s thicker than a tee, which lets you add more and varied designs, and it’s also a heck of a lot easier to show off and wear around than a quilt or a wall hanging. Yeah, people might look at you a little odd for wearing your wall hanging. Best just leave that one at home.

It should come as no surprise, then, that we’ve seen our own share of amazing stitched jacket examples from customers, and it was only a matter of time before a gorgeous Parisian version came along after the very popular Parisian Love Letter collection was released. Urban Threadster Gail created this jacket from a pattern, and it ended up winning her an award! You just never know where your next creation might go.

Gail joins us to talk about what went into this embroidered creation…

What started this project?

I wanted to enter a project into a “wearable art” challenge at a local quilt show.  I had never entered anything before and thought this would be a fun project.  

Did embroidery inspire the jacket or did the jacket inspire the embroidery you chose?

I always wanted to make a jacket that was unique.  When I saw your “postcard pillow” for the Parisian Love Letter design pack I got inspired to make a jacket using the same designs.

Where did the jacket design come from?

I used Vogue Pattern V2827.  It has been sitting in my pattern collection for a few years and I always dreamed of making it.  I did a sample jacket out of similar material (but less expensive) first to make sure it fit me properly.  Once I was happy with the results I then cut the material I wanted to use for the final project.

Talk us through the embroidery… which designs did you use? How long did it take to embroider it all?

I used all the designs in the design pack.  I duplicated 1 design 3 times on the jacket – once on the back waist and then again on the cuff of each sleeve.  I thought that would give it some balance.  I stitched out 21 designs and it took a week to complete the embroidery.  I took time to print out the designs off my computer and printer then I cut the paper down to just outside the embroidery design area.  I then placed those paper designs onto the jacket pieces – prior to construction – so that I could visualize what the jacket would look like. 

I started with the sleeves first, and I loved the results so I continued with the rest of the jacket.  This pattern has multiple front and back sections so I sewed those together first and then I sewed the shoulder seams together but left the side pieces un-sewn.  This way I could embroider the front, back and shoulder areas with ease.  When all the embroidery was complete on the front, back and shoulder I then sewed the side seam together then embroidered the side embroidery designs.  

Any challenges along the way?

I had some challenges with the lining of the jacket.  I had never done a lined jacket before.  I did an OK job but I know I could do better. 

What advice would you give someone trying to create something like this?

I would recommend doing a sample of the embroidery on the same fabric that you are using for you project.  I did that and I was happy with the results.  Just cut a piece of your fabric before you do any cutting of pattern pieces.  It would not be fun if you weren’t happy with the results once you had spent some hours stitching seams together!  

I would also say, personalize a label on the things you create.  I embroidered my name onto a piece of fabric and just sewed it onto the back of my jacket.  I think it looks nice and really, you should be proud to show off the things you create.

I hear you won an award with this jacket, congrats! Did you start this project with the contest in mind? How did people react to it and all the embroidery?

Thank you!

I actually had a different contest in mind.  The original contest was for a “quilted wearable art  jacket”.  After I was almost done the jacket it occurred to me that I had no traditional quilting in this jacket, and I was trying to think of how I could add quilting to the jacket somehow.  I thought of maybe quilting the collar or somehow quilting the sleeves but then decided to not add any quilting at all as I was afraid it would take away from the embroidery and stylishness of the jacket. 

I entered the jacket anyway to the contest and won an “honorable mention” ribbon.  I was ecstatic about winning a ribbon – it was the first time I won anything.  A few ladies from an embroidery group that I was a part of mentioned entering the jacket into the “Calgary Stampede” contest.  I was glad I did.  They did a great job displaying the jacket and I was so happy that I received a 2nd place blue ribbon.  I have had many compliments on the jacket and all the embroidery.  I love it.

What’s your next project going to be?

I have three young daughters and have a list of things I would like to make for them.  I have been thinking of what I could do with the Dark Fairytales design pack; I am trying to come up with something creative for that.  

Thanks so much for sharing this jacket and your process with us, Gail! I know you must just look fabulous in that jacket wherever you go, and your skill with sewing and design is really an inspiration. I can’t wait to see what you do for your lucky daughters. Perhaps more prizes are in your future!

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45 Responses to “The Parisian Jacket”

  1. 1
    irene says:

    Congratulations Gail for both the beautiful jacket and award 🙂

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    Joan says:

    Gorgeous jacket! Also the embroidery. I just love it!

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    Mica says:

    Absolutely Gorgeous !! And Inspirational! WOW!

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    Eileen Roche says:

    Awesome job, Gail! And thanks to Niamh for sharing with all of us!

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    Karen says:

    This is gorgeous!! What size design pack did you use, the small, medium or large designs?


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    MAD14kt says:


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    Cheryl in TN says:

    Wow! I absolutely love this jacket!

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    Amanda B. says:

    Just beautiful!!! It is absolutely an award winner!!! I have a couple of old jackets I want to do some embroidery on and you have inspired me to get it going. Thank you for sharing.

  9. 9

    This is just gorgeous! I love this embroidery set. You sure put it to a good garment.

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    MSJEN says:

    Congratulations to you!!! I’m very happy you decided to enter the contest and by the way, you inspired me to go forward with a military jacket I purchased to do some embroidery on it.

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    Pink says:

    WOW !! You’re a STAR !!!!

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    Bridget O. says:

    You created a beautiful masterpiece! Very creative thinking. Thanks so much for sharing your talents. You are an inspiration!

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    Patti H says:


    When I caught my first glimpse of your jacket, it took my breath away. This is the most awesome embroidery project I have ever seen. I can’t make a jacket for myself, but I will definitely have a spectacular sweatshirt, thanks to you for inspiring me. I am so glad you shared this with us.

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    Terri says:

    Congrats on your Blue Ribbon!!
    Stunning Jacket!!
    I have these designs and will be using them on a few pillows and a headboard for my king size bed & possibly on the bed skirt.

  15. 15

    What a beautiful work of art! you did a phenomal job, You ,truely ,earned that blue ribbon. Congrats….keep up the beautiful work and let your imagination lead you!

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    henny says:

    I saw this at the quilt show at Heritage Park in Calgary and fell in love with it!! Took lots of pics of this jacket and bought the design pak. Wonderful work and congrats for winning the ribbon, you deserve it!!

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    tbpromo says:

    Beautiful! Such a unique jacket! You should be very proud!

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    Janet M says:

    Wow, this is a stunning jacket. You did a fabulous job of design placement. Congratulations on the awards. Thanks for sharing.

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    Gayle says:

    Wow also, what an amazing achievement.
    I would if I could, maybe I will try.
    So good to see such creative work
    Congratulations. look forward to seeing more of your work

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    Terry Madison says:

    Oh My, I have dreamed of doing a jacket like this for years and your’s is sensational. You gave me the inspiration that I needed to get moving and do one of my own. Congratulations your design quality is wonderful and I know you will make others in the future. Thanks for sharing your wonderful work with all of us.

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    stitchfork says:

    Congrats and great job Gail!!

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    marjolein says:

    Wow.I’m falling in love…………………………..

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    Jim Miller says:

    I absolutely LOVE this jacket! You really made good use of the Parisian Love Letter design set. It looks like a top designer creation. WOW!

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    Jim Miller says:

    I forgot to ask Gail – what fabric did you use?

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    Carrie Germany says:

    I have to admit this jacket is my absolute favorite, very gorgeous. I have these designs and you have inspired me to get going!!!

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    Sarah says:

    I love how you made this. Your design placement really looks wonderful. This is something I would like to wear. Unique and stylish. Great job!

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    Leanna says:

    I absolutely love the romance of this jacket. It ‘works’ like it was ‘meant to be.’

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    Congratulations on winning a blue ribbon for your fabulously beautiful jacket

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    Rebekah says:

    This is my favorite featured design. It looks so polished and elegant. It’s simply beautiful.

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    Anne Champney says:

    This is really pretty. I love how original it is.

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    laura-ann says:

    wow, this is so amazing. you took my favorite designs and put them on a jacket.

    i so want to make this – not sure i could though 🙁

    now i have to use them on something!

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    Roxanne Chappell says:

    I find the Parisian Love Letter designs very elegant. Gail you did a superb job of applying the designs to your jacket. You have a good eye for putting the designs together. Congratulations on your contest awards as well. Your are an inspiration.

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    Martha Chastain says:

    Awesome jacket! I love, love , love it! Outstanding job. Seeing this jacket has rejuvenated me and I have to make one with theses designs, I just hope it will look half this good ! Thanks for posting this picture!

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    dale henry says:

    Hi Everyone
    I do love your jacket!
    A brief history of me…. I am 52 years old (not in the generation that females did tattooing unless you were a biker chick)
    However I do love the embroidery tattooing you guys do . I made a t shirt with a embroidery right on the upper back like a tattoo LOVE IT!!
    So when I discovered your website it blew me away.
    I am also a Raw Vegan : which to most people makes me “weird ” ***whatever***
    Back to you folks your designs fills the gap of being conservative and edgy all in one embroidery outfit..suits me fine..

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    tammy deel says:

    this jacket is absolutely gorgeous great job i believe this is my favorite. so far.

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    Hazel Dickinson says:

    great job, not cutsy but very elegant. so many emb. designs aren’t elegant enough for normal clothing these are wonderfully placed on a great jacket

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    Sherry Harris says:

    This is by far my favorite!! I can see my daughter wearing it.

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    Nicci Li says:

    I love this jacket so much. Easily my favorite. 🙂

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    Anne Coleman says:

    I like the Parisian jacket. Lovely embroidery and the colors are so Parisian!

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    Liz Reece says:

    I love the Parisian jacket! This is such a great idea and use of the designs. I too have always wanted to do a jacket with alot of style, this a my favorite to date.

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    tammy soety says:

    love the jacket amazed how well it lookes like printed material

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    Jim Miller says:

    I just had to come back to revisit this jacket. My daughter just bought a 19th century wooden chair and the upholstery looked just like this jacket (I sent her a picture of it). You did such an amazing job. I was going to duplicate it, even bought the pattern, but my girlfriend didn’t like it. I don’t know why. Probably jealous that I liked something another woman had made. Anyhow, I really like it.

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    Yachid Yada Meir Zara says:

    Very nice.
    Where can I buy one! (lol)

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