13 December 2013

The Moonrise Kingdom Jacket


Finished! The Moonrise Kingdom jacket, inspired by Suzy Bishop's coat in the Wes Anderson movie. I made this from the Watson jacket sewing pattern from Papercut Patterns (available in the UK from Sewbox), using hot pink wool and houndstooth lining from Goldhawk Road.



This isn't what you'd call a speedy sewing project, particularly as I decided to make fiddly bound buttonholes as well as fabric-covered buttons. I also patiently made a toile of the bodice so I could adjust the pattern to fit me (just the usual adjustments for my shape, nothing unexpected). I wish I'd toiled up the capelet (love that word) too, as the shape of the shoulder curve has ended up a little large on me. Oh well, eighties pop video here I come! I had to unpick a couple of times as I missed or misunderstood some of the instructions, particularly with the direction of the hem facing and how to attach the capelet (still love that word) to the shoulder seams. Take extra care with these parts and baste first if you're not sure (something which I of course didn't do!).




It turned out lovely in the end though so was worth the effort. It really is a beautifully designed pattern, and I'm already dreaming about making a little navy jacket for the Spring, perhaps without the capelet this time - as swoonsome as it is, there are only so many capelets one needs in one's life, non?


Speaking of the capelet (the more I look at the word, the weirder it looks), as you know the inspiration for my pink jacket was Moonrise Kingdom. Or was it...? The other night I turned on the telly and happened to land on an episode of Father Ted (for international readers, this is a genius sitcom about three Catholic priests and their housekeeper living on a tiny island off the coast of Ireland - much funnier than it sounds, I promise). In this particular episode, three bishops visit Craggy Island to upgrade a local holy stone to a "class 2 relic"... hilarity ensues, of course. As I was watching, I began admiring the robes worn by the priests... and they started to remind me of something... now what was it...?


Yikes! My eyes suddenly darted a few cms left of the screen to my dress form and there it was! I'd inadvertently been channeling Catholic Bishop Chic through my sewing all along. Stop laughing!

Can we just pretend we never noticed the uncanny similarity please? It's the Moonrise Kingdom jacket. The Moonrise Kingdom jacket.



[Soundtrack: 'The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra' composed by Benjamin Britten]

88 comments:

  1. Ah man, I love Father Ted. Do you think we should start a "Catholic Bishop Chic" Movement? You just need to reshape your beret a bit to be square and pointy. :-)

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  2. Fantastic colour, loving how you styled it with the beret. Do the instructions explain how to put the lining in? It looks so professional. You can't beat a bit of Ted at Christmas!

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  3. I love this - I've never seen this Moonrise Kingdom, although I've heard a lot about it. I have to say, the jacket is amazing and I love the neat lining. Wish I could make something like this, but I'm far too slapdash with my makes.

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  4. This is seriously gorgeous on you. Love the colour and the capelet. Your attention to detail is amazing. Beautifully sewn.

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  5. it's amazing, wonderful colour and the details. i would pay for it

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  6. Tilly..I do so love a 'go slow do it properly' project (sometimes!!!)
    Those gorgeous details make all the difference..its simply stunning...congrats
    .....bestest daisy j x

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  7. I was just looking at this pattern wondering if I should buy it, and after I seen your version I must, it so lovely!! Love the pink colour you picked and your attention to detail. Georgeous!!

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  8. This is fabulous! You did such a great job.
    Tracy @Its Mostly About Fashion

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  9. Beautifully done, bishop or no bishop! The color and beret are lovely on you.

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  10. This is really awfully cute, and I love the houndstooth lining! You look lovely in it!

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  11. Fabulous jacket I love the colour and the contrast with the lining, but as someone who is primarily a knitter, that part of me wants to know about your beret too !

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  12. Wonderful jacket! You picked the right colour to fight gloomy weather!

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  13. Oh, Tilly. It's so beautiful, I can hardly bear it. I love Suzy Bishop so much and as a style icon -- she suits you! We can all forget the Catholic bishop coat when we see you wearing it, trust me! My nomination for favorite blogger make of the year!!!!

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  14. Wow, wow and wow! This is just amazing. I really love the colour and you look so cute in pink :) Great job!!

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  15. Ooooh this is FABULOUS! You really did a phenomenal job - congrats! : )

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  16. It is the first time I have seen this pattern made up - you did a wonderful job! The color suits you very well.

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  17. Yep. I was right. IT. IS. AMAZING. Adore the colour on you (hot pink!!! YES!) and basically I want it for myself.

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  18. This came out so beautifully! I LOVE it in pink and houndstooth. This is definitely the first version I've seen that I've really, really loved. And, now I want to try it!

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  19. So beautiful! I've been sewing for many years, but I never have the courage to tackle something like this. Perhaps if I just dive in and REALLY take my time? Your craftsmanship (and pressing skills) are lovely.

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  20. Either way it looks Amazing! I love it.

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  21. Wow Tilly the jacket looks amazing, you did such a great job! x

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  22. Haha brilliant Ted! Lovely jacket and wonderful details there on the buttons and the lining. A real treasure.

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  23. That's stunning, I have jacket envy!
    And there's nothing wrong with a bit of Catholic priest chic; I made a dress in a particular shade of purple which I think of as my ecclesiastical dress, because it has a definitely bishop-y air to it. But it's lovely and I'm very fond of it.

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  24. This is so cute!!! I love it so much! Well done, girl!

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  25. Your jacket turned out beautifully! I love the color and the contrast in he lining. Nice selection. I've only made outerwear once, and it was a slow process, but I wear the snot out of my cape all fall, much more than any other garment I've made, so it really paid off in the end. I hope you get similar benefit from your hard work!

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  26. sold! I so need to make this NOW!!! BEAUTIFUL!

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  27. Not only a totally cute look, but also super professional! I'm so impressed! Did you use a lot of tailoring techniques or was it RTW? I'm just starting up my first coat project and a bit intimidated but all the possible options when it comes to making it look good...

    http://cashmerette.blogspot.com/2013/12/coatly-ambitions.html

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  28. So pretty! That pattern is on my wishlist for the longest time

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  29. Love the jacket and love the movie - I remember thinking while watching it that there were several items of clothing in there I would like!

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  30. Go on, go on, go on, go on, go on, that capelet is just perfect Tilly! I thought it would be fab from the sneaky peaks you gave us but the real thing surpasses all expectations. The colour is fabulous on you too. Now off you go and give Bishop Brennan a kick up the arse... xx

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  31. Gorgeous! Bookmarking that pattern for when I'm a more confident sewer. I live in Canada, and I love Father Ted. :)

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  32. I love the capelet and I love Father Ted. Thanks to the magic of Netflix (and Hulu, I think) it's available for binge watching in the US, and it makes me laugh until I hurt a little.

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  33. Fabulous Tilly and nothing like Craggy Island! I love the colour, the shape and the style, just perfect, would look lovely in any colour, so versatile. Big hugs
    Dorothy
    :-)xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

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  34. This is really beautiful Tilly

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  35. Gorgeous! And already years ago we were also loving Father Ted over in the Netherlands!

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  36. Absolutely stunning. I mean STUNNING. Incidentally I noticed you always cite a music track at the end of your posts, should I be hearing this on your page? Feeling am missing out on something lol.

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  37. I love a bit of Bishop chic.
    At least you aren't channelling Mrs. Doyle. Have you seen the one where they go to the caves? I've been there!

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  38. oh tilly this is gorgeous! i have been following your blog since you were on GBSB but i have only just found out how to comment haha...(awkward) your blog is amazing and very helpful as I'm a fashion design student from Cardiff! lots of love! xxx

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  39. Delightful! Just plain delightful! the pink wool and houndstooth combo is perfect!

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  40. its so lovely! i wouldn't have picked it for a priests gown, and i agree, its THE Moonrise kingdom jacket! You look adorable in it!

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  41. It doesn't look priestly on my monitor! It's gorgeous. I would love to have the ability to be able to sew something like that!

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  42. Bishop Chis looks great on you! The jacket is great, well worth the effort! Would love to see how a capeless version works out

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  43. It's super cute Tilly!! Well done. If I come to England, hide it because I might just try and steal it.

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  44. Love love love! The colour is amazing and the capelet so cute!

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  45. Sooo beautiful. Perfect against your 'studio wall' too! You are going to turn plenty (more) heads when you go out now! x

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  46. Beautiful, just beautiful. This pattern caught my eye a while back but it is totally the wrong season for coats/capelets here! Am so pleased I happened across your blog today. ;-)

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  47. Inspired by Father Ted bishops or Moonrise Kingdom, there's no doubt about it...this is divine!

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  48. Catholic Bishop Chic--ha ha ha! I love your coat--it is amazing. I might need to make this myself!!!

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  49. love love love! this came out beautifully and the color is amazing. I love the movie, but I love your caplet version better since the front is attached along the seam and not swinging - so chic!

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  50. It looks fantastic! And, I'd rather have slightly large shoulders -- I just made a cape and fill too compressed in mine! Congratulations on a beautiful jacket -- and I do LOVE the lining fabric!

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  51. Beautiful jacket and I love your combination of colour and lining.

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  52. It's lovely. The capelet, the color, the fit. Great job.

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  53. Perfection! Such a great color for you!

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  54. I am obsessed with this coat, but am a TERRIBLE seamstress ... do you have any idea where there might be coats for sale in this sort of style? Thanks :)

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  55. Oh Tilly, totally knew this jacket would be awesome! Love this with that beret too! I've almost finished my pink Pavot jacket but now I'm regretting no bound buttonholes. This pattern is officially on the wishlist! x

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  56. brilliant, the catholic reference had me laughing out loud....

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  57. I love your new jacket (and I loved Moonrise Kingdom too)!

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  58. Your look is marvellous ! Just like the movie !

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  59. AWESOME coat, Tilly! The more effort you put into a garment the more you'll love it in the end, right? Great job!

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  60. This is so lovely Tilly, what a great choice of inspiration from Moonrise Kingdom. Really inspires me to make a jacket myself in the new year- though I think it'll be an Anise! Awesome job!

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  61. WOW!! Seriously, this is absolutely stunning! I love this pattern and you have definitely done it justice in this fabrics and with your mad sewing skills.

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  62. Your jacket looks gorgeous - I don't think the shoulders are too large at all. And I love the Father Ted link - such a great series!

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  63. Awed, just awed. What an excellent make!

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  64. I love it, with it's catholic bishop chic vibe and all ;) It really is a fantastic little jacket.

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  65. Good God it's stunning! And those buttonholes! Wow!

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  66. I pinned this as soon as I saw it but haven't had the time to read your full post until now (no mention of bishops, promise!). It is a gorgeous jacket, i even prefer it to the original. You look stunning in it! Def a happy jacket. Unconnected but thank you so much for the free collar pattern. Will be making that in the New Year. Merry Christmas Tilly xx

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  67. I love this and I'm going to have a go - do think it would work with boiled wool?

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    1. The thing to be aware of when choosing fabric for this pattern is that there are lots of layers to sew at certain areas, such as where the neckline meets the collar, under-collar and capelet. Boiled wool can be a little thick, so it would depend on how your sewing machine copes with multiple layers. Good luck!

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  68. Wow, I love this!! The fabrics are fantastic and it looks beautifully made. Very well done.

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  69. WOW! your color and fabric is amazing and your sewing is PERFECT!!!

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  70. I love this jacket, and you write so entertainingly! I too have a fondness for Father Ted, that's hilarious how similar they ended up being. I knew where you were going immediately when you brought it up but at least it's not the first thing that comes to mind when you look at it :P Really lovely jacket, and I'm enjoying your blog quite a lot! :)

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  71. I love this pattern very much! This jacket looks fantastic and totally suits you:)

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  72. Oh my! I am super in love with this jacket! The color and details are just fantastic with a nice matching lining. I hope to see more awesome jacket makes from you in the future! Two thumbs up! :)

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  73. It's lovely! houndstooth and pink is a wonderful combination. Navy jacket; think of that with red or anchor patterned lining!!

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