Black,red and gold are instantly recognised as stage-Spanish and although there are lots of other colours that can speak Spanish these 3 are always great to work with. For this young man’s jacket I’ve chosen black velveteen, light gold and yellow gold braid, red sequins and rhinestones.
The decoration for this jacket will be detailed stripes following the contours the panel pieces.
And then the application of three types of trim.
And also decoration on the front and back of the sleeves.
Undershirts are usually cropped and elasticated. It keeps them from riding up. Longer shirts would just become untucked, This one is silk crepe de chine.
The epaulets were great fun to make. There were just concentric loops of braid on an ellipse. I’d actually run out of red sequins at this stage so I dug through my box of trims and found these sequinned swirls and added some rhinestones for good measure.
The details on the jacket are basically just lines but they do speak very loudly … and in Spanish! The little tassel is a touch of matador!
Initially the front of the jacket between the lines was undecorated but it needed a little something. These gold embroidered appliques were a perfect balance.
And the final picture with lots of red rhinestones sewn on for extra richness – Ole!