The Big Reveal

After all of this buildup (10 blog posts detailing my progress!), I hope you’re not disappointed. I’m not. I love it! Embroidery! Beads! Color! Dye! Quilting! What’s not to love?

So, for those of you who are just joining us, this project is based heavily on a current-season Isabel Marant jacket, the Weez embellished tie-dye quilted denim jacket. Clearly, I am not the only person who is enamoured with this design. The price tag was $4670, and even if you had completely taken leave of your senses and wanted to spend that much on an article of clothing, you can’t have it. It is sold out. Bummer. I was hoping I could take a field trip to Barneys or Saks and see the original. Maybe I’ll take one anyway.

In the remainder of this post, you will find far too many detail photos.

Back View

Cuff detail. I joined the edges of the beaded trim by hand.

The lining is a dark brown cotton sateen.

detail of the lining embroidery. I dyed the yellow color myself.

Side view. The sleeve is drafted in one piece with a dart.

puffy tube trim

embroidery, beads, trim

Spider web effect with bugle beads at center back.

Shoulder Trim

Back Trims, beads, etc

Center back. There’s the beaded trim at the opening, the hand-embroidered and -beaded trim below that, and the purchased mirrored trim held in place with hand beading.

Front opening



  1. Carol Webster
    Posted May 4, 2012 at 6:19 am | Permalink | Reply

    This is just so beautiful, and all your hard skilful work really paid off!

  2. Posted May 4, 2012 at 7:24 am | Permalink | Reply

    It is fabulous! I look forward to seeing it on you. All those little embroidered details you’ve done over the years have paid off big time in the skills set you needed for this amazing jacket. Brava!

    • Posted May 4, 2012 at 9:26 am | Permalink | Reply

      Thanks! Practice is so important for good hand work.

  3. Posted May 4, 2012 at 9:03 am | Permalink | Reply

    Claudine – I’ve been silently reading along in rapture watching this jacket come to fruition. I am in awe of the time and talent required to interpret the original jacket and love the additional touches that you gave the jacket. It is truly a piece of art and stone cold beautiful! Love it!

  4. akismet-21b053fec805c8711a1f608da8cdd26a
    Posted May 4, 2012 at 9:09 am | Permalink | Reply

    Elizabeth here. Love the jacket. It’s a show stopper. I hope you’re wearing it to PR weekend!!!

    • Posted May 4, 2012 at 9:27 am | Permalink | Reply

      Thanks! I always agonize about what to wear on PR weekend. If the weather is a little chilly, maybe it will be this.

  5. Erika
    Posted May 4, 2012 at 9:47 am | Permalink | Reply

    So. Beautiful. Must be so satisfying!!! That deep satisfaction that only creativity can give, you know? Enjoy! and thanks for sharing.

  6. Posted May 4, 2012 at 10:23 am | Permalink | Reply

    Wow! I too have admired this Isabel Marant jacket (did you know there is a lesser-priced version of it?). Fantastic interpretation, Claudine.

    • Posted May 4, 2012 at 10:26 am | Permalink | Reply

      I did see the less-expensive one. It’s nowhere near as much fun as the beaded one.

  7. Shams
    Posted May 4, 2012 at 10:50 am | Permalink | Reply

    That is so fantastic, Claudine!! I love it!

  8. Gilly
    Posted May 4, 2012 at 11:33 am | Permalink | Reply

    Wow!! I’m speechless – amazing! Enjoy it

  9. Posted May 4, 2012 at 12:48 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Well, Claudine, you outdid yourself! I’ve thoroughly enjoying your progress posts – it’s all the details that make a garment worthwhile and interesting. It must have been fun putting all that handwork into this jacket!

  10. Sewkiwi
    Posted May 4, 2012 at 2:53 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Just amazing. A work of art. Looking forward to your next project.

  11. sunnyb64
    Posted May 5, 2012 at 6:59 am | Permalink | Reply

    Wow, this is amazing. Your hard work and patience really paid off!

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  13. Posted May 5, 2012 at 11:25 am | Permalink | Reply

    Amazing! I salute you for all the effort you put into the jacket, it was definitely worth it! Also, I like that you didn’t copy cat the original, but created your own masterpiece and incorporated your design into the idea. Hats down!
    Now, the only thing missing is a pic of you modelling the jacket 🙂

  14. Posted May 5, 2012 at 5:44 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Wow, the jacket is so beautiful and unigue. Enjoy wearing it and all the compliments you get.

  15. Posted May 5, 2012 at 9:03 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Fabulous. I was eagerly waiting the big reveal and it did not disappoint. I vote for an on person shot.

  16. Sufiya
    Posted May 5, 2012 at 9:58 pm | Permalink | Reply

    I want to say that I think THIS jacket of yours, Claudine, is far superior to the one that inspired it. I was actually DISAPPOINTED with the Isabel Marant. It looks clumsy and overdone; it is definitely inferior to your interpretation.

    $5000 is a ridiculous price for a jacket, but let’s just say: If I had $5000 to blow, and if circumstances dictated that it was to be blown on an embellished jacket, and it came down to a choice between these two, I would sooner blow it on YOUR jacket. Hands down.

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  18. Posted May 6, 2012 at 9:21 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Oh wow.

    This is so beautiful. I hope that you enjoy every moment you wear it!

  19. Posted May 7, 2012 at 8:33 pm | Permalink | Reply

    My mouth dropped open in awe! A tour de force of a jacket.

  20. Posted May 15, 2012 at 11:11 am | Permalink | Reply

    Sorry, I haven’t visited your blog for awhile. This jacket is a jaw dropper! I’ve gone back and looked at all the posts leading up to this. The amount of work is astounding, and the result is a work of art. Thanks for the inspiration.

  21. Posted May 17, 2012 at 11:30 am | Permalink | Reply

    Oh my! I love everything about this jacket. Outstanding! It was Carolyn and Andrea who pointed me to this particular post. You are so creative. And your craftsmanship is a great source of inspiration. Thank you for sharing all the details.

  22. Posted May 21, 2012 at 10:40 am | Permalink | Reply

    This jacket was amazing in person! It was great to meet you!

  23. Kim
    Posted November 15, 2013 at 7:16 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Did you see this:

    I thought about all of your work when I saw an ad for the campaign

    • Posted November 15, 2013 at 9:40 pm | Permalink | Reply

      That is hilarious! Thanks so much. I hadn’t seen it. It’s really interesting how they took the original design and tweaked it so it looks really close to what it was, but it is mass-produce-able. Like, the trims on the H&M version don’t cross any seams, so they can be done on a flat piece of fabric.

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