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Finished: Prada-Inspired Jacket, with Carolina Herrera Brocade

Sewing inspiration: Prada Fall 2012 suit. Photo by Marcio Madeira.

If you’ve cracked open any of the hefty September fashion magazines, you’ve seen pages devoted to the bold brocade prints of Prada Fall 2012. Anna Wintour wore the jacket above to the U.S. Open, and it looked stunning on her. So I’ve been wanting to make my own statement brocade jacket. Finding a geometric print wasn’t as important as finding a bold brocade print was. Fortunately I found a dramatic Carolina Herrera brocade print at Mood NYC that I loved, and I turned it into this simple jacket:

Jacket made with Carolina Herrera silvery brocade from Mood NYC. $50 a yard and worth every penny because this fabric is a delight to sew and press. To purchase, call 212-730-5003 and ask for the Silk department, or send an email to

You know I have a serious thing for brocade fabrics. If your only exposure to brocades sold by the yard is what you see in the chain stores, you may find my brocade addiction baffling. I don’t mean to come off like a big old fabric snob (though I am one, admittedly), but there is a huge difference in quality between their brocades and the brocades Mood sells and designers like Carolina Herrera use in their collections. I mean, which is yummier: a mass-produced cookie from a bag in the grocery aisle, or a fresh-from-the-oven cookie made with the best ingredients? Same thing here. Better brocades from Europe are a delight to sew and work with, and they always look expensive to wear.

Ok, stepping off my pedestal now and giving you the details about the jacket. I used an out-of-print Vogue pattern, 8541, changing the long jacket view into one long piece rather than seaming it at the waist. No lining needed, just finished the seams Hong Kong style. Added side pockets (seriously, why do pattern makers omit pockets all the time? I need ‘em!). The jacket looks good worn open or buttoned and belted. Very pleased with it and now moving on to sewing a leather top for fall; details to come.

I love how sometimes this CH brocade looks silver and maroon, sometimes silver and black. Carolina used this particular fabric for beautiful gowns and dresses.

No lining, just Hong Kong seams. This was the most time-consuming part of the jacket.

Here are some CH brocades I love that you can find online at

Carolina Herrera Brocade 300687

Carolina Herrera Silk Metallic Brocade FS19519C

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24 Responses to “ Finished: Prada-Inspired Jacket, with Carolina Herrera Brocade ”

  1. couture fabrics

    Wow–amazing! I love the fabric, the cut, the construction.

    1604 days ago   |   Reply
  2. elise


    1604 days ago   |   Reply
  3. Cissie

    What a great day!!! To find my favorite blogger of all time (Lindsey T) has moved over to Mood! I was so sad when you signed off on your blog since you were my greatest source of inspiration! And now to find you have teamed up with one of the best fabric sources anywhere in the world! I’m going to go broke!!

    1611 days ago   |   Reply
    • Meg

      Thank you so much, Cissie! Glad you found me again.

      1611 days ago   |   Reply
  4. Jilly

    I love the Carolina Herrera Brocade.

    1619 days ago   |   Reply
  5. Ginger

    HOLY HECK! This is absolutely gorgeous!!!!! Well done, Meg!

    1623 days ago   |   Reply
  6. Lynn Mally

    Wow–amazing! I love the fabric, the cut, the construction.

    1623 days ago   |   Reply
  7. Thewallinna

    I love printed fabric for the outwear but cannot find anything which inspires me. But now I have some ideas! Besides, next month I’ll travel to NY and will definitely stop @Mood Fabric ;)

    1624 days ago   |   Reply
  8. JoanneM

    You know how to make a gorgeous jacket with stunning fabric, without a miss.

    1624 days ago   |   Reply
  9. Claudine

    Stunning! Great use of a great fabric.

    1624 days ago   |   Reply
  10. renee

    I too am now a fan of these fabrics. I had a little shock at my Carolina polyesterd jaquard and couldn’t believe how nice it was to sew! It definitely is worth every penny.

    1624 days ago   |   Reply
  11. Amanda S.

    Really pretty, Meg!!! I too love brocades and think you’ve chosen the perfect simple silhouette to showcase it’s beauty.

    1624 days ago   |   Reply
  12. Robin Denning

    Meg, it’s just gorgeous! Very expensive looking, indeed and I imagine it is a dream to wear. enjoy it!

    1624 days ago   |   Reply
  13. Carolyn

    The jacket is simply stunning! But then you always make the best jackets from fabrics I wouldn’t even look at twice. Now I’ve got brocades on the brain ~ thanks for that! :)

    1624 days ago   |   Reply
    • Meg

      Aw, thanks, Carolyn! Yeah, brocades do get on the brain…

      1624 days ago   |   Reply
  14. Erica B.

    That jacket and fabric is simply stunning!

    1624 days ago   |   Reply
  15. Amy

    Gorgeous Meg. I was just eyeing a Mood brocade online the other day. I was wondering if it would work for a long sleeve dress. A long sleeve jacket seems even more versatile for the upcoming months here in the US.

    1624 days ago   |   Reply
  16. Jackie G.

    I have always loved Brocades! This is a great jacket! Do you have any tips for short, curvy sewers who love this fabric but worry about looking roly poly? Good pattern ideas? Thank you for being a source of inspiration and helping us make knock out garments!

    1624 days ago   |   Reply
    • Meg

      Jackie, this brocade is so lightweight and pliable you could really do anything with it. Carolina Herrera made intricate dresses with it. The lighterweight brocades lend themselves to just about any pattern. So if you have a pattern that works for you, don’t be afraid to try it in brocade. Does that kind of answer your question? –Meg

      1624 days ago   |   Reply
  17. oonaballoona

    how much do i love your cookie metaphor.

    curious… what would you pair this with? i always love printed jackets, but can’t ever find the right bottom. for some reason i see fuchsia pants. (speaking of pants, i spied brocade ones in an h&m window yesterday and almost snapped a pic for you…. you was robbed.)

    1624 days ago   |   Reply
  18. Marina

    Thanks for inspiring to sew with brocades, Meg! I agree, quality makes a huge difference, and I have already spotted a few favourites at Mood.

    1624 days ago   |   Reply
  19. Nancy K

    Gorgeous jacket Meg.

    1624 days ago   |   Reply
  20. Carolyn Crowder

    Love the pattern…animal prints are hot!

    1624 days ago   |   Reply
    • Shams

      That’s a beauty! And, ironically, you featured a brocade I’ve been eyeing. (That one with the copper.) Drool.

      1618 days ago   |   Reply

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