Sunday, March 31, 2013

Military Jacket

When I was younger I was the biggest tomboy anyone would ever meet.  I had set in my mind that I was going to go into the army (not just any branch of the army, but the Navy Seals).  As you can probably guess my career choice has definitely changed since then, but I can still take inspiration from the younger tomboy in me so I designed and created a military jacket.






Checkered shirt:  Esther from the sticks
Striped shirt:  Thrifted
Pants:  Forever 21
Doc. Martins:  Birthday gift from my cousin 
Navy hat:  My Grandpa's. 

 I designed and hand drafted this pattern according to my own measurements.  It's made from a wool blend fabric that I got at Wal-Mart (like all my other fabrics) in their $1.50 section.  I've been playing around with exaggerated silhouette so I created an oversize collar.  There’s detailed seam work in the back, top of the shoulders, and around the waist of the coat that gives subtle geometric shapes to the design.  The coat is fully lined with buttons and epaulet detail on the shoulders.






Now that my computer is fixed I have so many new projects to post, along with some exciting news that I will be announcing next week (my final college decision.  Dun, dun, dunnnn).  More to come soon and I hope you're having a lovely Easter!  

P.S.  Check out my amazingly talented sister and brother-in-law's new website!  They're photographers and they just finished their new branding and I'm so proud of all their hard work!  

25 comments:

  1. Happy Easter, Esther! Love the coat, super wow. Our wal-mart removed their fabric department years ago *tears*--they always had fun, different pieces.

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  2. LOVE this coat! Really gorgeous. The silouette and shapes within it are soo beautiful.

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  3. I was similarly tomboyish at a young age; however, my dream career was to be a geologist. I love how much what we love in our childhood impacts us later (I have rocks all over my room!). Lately my menswear tendencies have also been showing up. I've always been drawn towards military inspired garb...this jacket is no exception. I am really excited to see more apparel in your shop! I'd love to support you and wear an Esther original!

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  4. Your blog is one of my favorites. Everything you post I just love. You just radiate talent. Happy Easter sweet Esther! By the way do people ever think your name is Easter. I get that quite often. haha
    xo

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    1. Aw thank you Esther! I always love hearing from people with the same name as me. Haha and yes, oh my goodness all the time! Finally someone who also understands it! haha

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  5. Our team was looking at your website and we really love your style and were wondering if you would like to do a guest blog post for our site? We are looking for fashion savvy people like you to become a Tripanista Contributor. Email us at Tripanista@gmail.com for details!

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    1. I would love to think about it if I could have some more information? If you send me a quick e-mail with more details I can get back with you. My e-mail is esther@bollers.org

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  6. GORGEOUS. God, and that first picture is so so wonderful. I can't wait to hear your college decision! Inspiring-amazing-breathtaking work, as usual, and Happy Easter!

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  7. You are always so amazing. I love the first pic so much.

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  8. I'm so proud of you!

    Love always,

    Mom xxoxo

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  9. I love this! I appreciate a good military coat, and I'm planning on drafting one out over the summer too! It's just so hard to decide on a silhouette..

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  10. wow, I wish my walmart had fabric! super jealous :) That's an amazing jacket!!

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  11. damn. way to make $1.50 walmart fabric look amazing, girl.
    found your blog over on chictopia and couldn't resist stopping by to say hi.
    such a gorgeous girlie and so damn talented.
    love,
    liz
    GYPSI

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  12. Great coat! I love collars like that. You did a really beautiful job. I especially love the soft oatmeal color of the coat in combination with the French Blue lining.

    Fleur d'Elise

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  13. Lovely coat! I wish my Walmart still sold fabric, but they've phased out the fabric areas so now we just have notions and quilting quarters here in Canada. Their prices just couldn't be beat (when you could actually find someone to cut for you)!

    I'm your newest blog follower!

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  14. That coat is beautiful! I like the details and how the buttons follow the line of the epaulets. It looks so good!

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  15. Hi!

    Our team was looking at your website and we really love your style and were wondering if you would like to do a guest blog post for our site? We are looking for fashion savvy people like you to become a Tripanista Contributor.
    Email us at Tripanista@gmail.com for details!

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  16. Wow, it's absolutely amazing! I wish my sewing skills extended to a hand drafted jacket :D

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  17. Soooooo I'm gonna have to ask you to make a pattern for that so that us less talented people who don't know how to design patterns can make it. Pretty pretty please?

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  18. Hey will you ever be making the pattern for it. I am looking a for a coat like this and can't find it anywhere. I live in Florida sooo I technically don't need it. But being from New york I am coat fanatic and this one is absolutely GORGEOUS...Pretty please. if you decide to it please let me know at mamalittle04@gamil.com thank you

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  20. I just discovered you via Kollabora and am simply agog over your skills. 17! Walmart fabrics! Omggggg! Love eveyrthing I've seen so far but super impressed with your drafting abilities on this number here.

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