Desperately Seeking Susan Jacket

For this year’s Halloween costume, my daughter, Emily, requested the iconic Madonna jacket from the movie, Desperately Seeking Susan. Recreating this jacket was one the most fun Halloween garments I’ve ever made, and I’m really happy with the way it turned out.

Finding just the right fabrics was tricky, because Emily and I are kind of obsessive about wanting her costumes to look as much like the original as possible. The boucle fabric was a really good color match, and it has a lot of texture to it. To simulate the gold threads in the original jacket, I rubbed some fine gold glitter into the fabric. The collar and cuffs are printed stretch denim and the pyramid is a loopy textured gold fabric. The pyramid and the scroll edging were embroidered by hand — the eye and the scroll lettering are fused appliqué, and the rays around eye are machine stitched. The sequin trim is attached with hot glue. I used an 80s jacket pattern with a shawl collar, and then made the necessary changes to shorten and shape the jacket bottom, as well as shorten and cuff the sleeves.

UPDATE: Photos of Emily in her costume are available in a later post.




Desperately Seeking Susan Madonna

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