Sunday, September 23, 2012

J is for Jackets

 Oh, how I love jackets.  They are a necessity year-round in the Scottish climate.  When I went back to see how many jackets I had made from vintage patterns, I was shocked.  I guess it should come as no surprise given that I find them a 'must' for my wardrobe.  I plan on making many more!  Here's a peak at all the jackets I've made:

1. 'My Marlene Suit' jacket using McCall 3260 from 1939, 2. 'Deco the Halls' tunic, 3. McCall 8501 used to make my 1935 jacket/cape, 4. the '1935 Cape', 5. my '1931 spring suit', 6. EvaDress pattern used to make the 1931 suit separates, 7. McCall 9156 from 1937 used to make my 'Birthday Dress Suit', 8. my 'Birthday Dress Suit'

More 1930's jackets:
1.  McCall 9089 from 1935 used to make my '39 Steps' dress, 2. my '39 Steps to the Perfect Dress' and jacket, 3. my 'Art Deco Love' dress, 4. Butterick starred pattern available as a reproduction from EvaDress used to make the 'Art Deco Love' dress and jacket.

1930's patterns have the best jackets!  In fact, it's hard to find a dress or separates pattern that doesn't include a jacket pattern.  I especially love the collarless jacket look (which is also super easy to sew). 

1940's jackets:
1. 'C'moooooooon, Poil Swing Jacket', 2. McCall 3619 from 1940 used to make the 'C'mooooooon Poil Swing Jacket', 3. Simplicity 3529 from 1940 used to make the 'Faux Bunny Love' jacket, 4. 'Faux Bunny Love' jacket
My 1940's jacket sewing projects are more outerwear than layering wear (like my 30's jackets).  I just love the jacket over coat look that was popular in 1939 and 1940 (a perfect example is the Simplicity 3529 pattern that I made my faux fur jacket from...)

My only 1950's jacket (and it's really a bolero...):
1.The 'Perfect Day Outfit', 2. Simplicity 3879 used to make the bolero for the 'Perfect Day Outfit' and later to make the halter for the 'Now or Never' outfit. 

Boleros count as jackets, right?  I love them, especially the 40s and 50s variety.  Great for everyday outfits or for dressing up.  This next year, I'm hoping to tackle some of the super fabulous late 1940's (i.e. New Look suits) and 1950's suits with really neat jacket details.  Love that look!  Of course, you can never go wrong with a teeny wing-cuffed bolero (though I must admit it's a bit more frosting than cake sewing).

Some neat jacket sewing tutorials and links:
  • A whole host of jacket sewing tutorials available here.

Tell me, are jackets a big part of your sewn wardrobe?


  1. Debi, just how big a wardrobe do you have? LOL! 

  2. I love jackets, blazers and cardigans. One of the first garments I sewed was an unlined jacket.  I have accumulated a lot of jacket patterns since and my next project is a blazer.  I'll be checking all the tutorial links  as I'm sure they will be very helpful!  The jacket designs from the 1930's are so beautiful and unique.  Your 1931 spring suit is stunning!

  3. I've never made a jacket before, but I have plans for two in my immediate sewing future and a third one sort of tumbling around in my brain!  I love all of your jackets-- what great inspiration!  Thanks for posting!

  4. I've only made two, but I love them and wear them constantly (in the right weather). I definitely want to make more though. Thanks for the links!

  5. I love your jackets .... I only made one but it's now too small ;(

  6. You have made some lovely jackets. And thank you for the link to Eva's, tho' that could prove to be a dangerous place!!

  7. Wow, what a collection of jackets! I've only made two so far (or rather one coat and one jacket) but I'm planning many more. I too adore the 30s patterns, such interesting twists!

  8. What a fabulous collection of jackets! I really love 1930s outfit 2 but they all look great on you. Your alphabet series is great! I live wondering what is next...

  9. Wow you really have made a slew of jackets!  I seem to do one a year and they are agonizingly slow going for me. LOL  I did the Lady Grey sew along and it was transformational for my sewing. I recommend reading thru those posts to anyone who wants to take a stab at tailoring. 

  10. Am also a jacket lover (30s/40s styles), but don't have many me-made, so this is particularly helpful -- thank you! 

  11. i love these jackets, you are def a hero of mine when it comes to sewing upvintage goodies! ;o)

  12. Debi_myhappysewingplaceSeptember 27, 2012 8:22 PM

    Awww...thanks so much! Your comment made my day!

  13. Debi_myhappysewingplaceSeptember 27, 2012 8:23 PM

    I really love the silhouette of the Lady Grey jacket! I admire all the work that goes into proper tailoring and coats.  I must admit that non of my jackets (to date at least) have padstitching :)

  14. Debi_myhappysewingplaceSeptember 27, 2012 8:23 PM

    Thanks so much! Jackets are just divine...especially good for Scottish weather!

  15. Debi_myhappysewingplaceSeptember 27, 2012 8:24 PM

    Thanks Erika! I just love the variation in 1930s patterns...seems like they had a little bit of everything! 

  16. Debi_myhappysewingplaceSeptember 27, 2012 8:25 PM

    You should definitely make more can rock the jacket and skirt look so well!

  17. Debi_myhappysewingplaceSeptember 27, 2012 8:25 PM

    Thanks Suzanne! 

  18. Debi_myhappysewingplaceSeptember 27, 2012 8:26 PM

    Thanks Ginger! I have so many sewing projects tumbling around in my brain too! I think planning is one of the most creative times for me!

  19. Debi_myhappysewingplaceSeptember 27, 2012 8:26 PM

    Thanks Shari! Sounds like we have a similar love of jackets, blazers and cardigans! I really don't feel right unless I'm wearing one of those! :)

  20. Debi_myhappysewingplaceSeptember 27, 2012 8:28 PM

    hahahaha! You'd be surprised, my wardrobe isn't that big.....and I even was able to get rid of some me-made clothes I never wore...but it definitely was a struggle :-)

  21. I guess you can rename this blog to "Time Travel"... I love the designs you make, and how you are inspired by the past... if this could be of a help, this is a link to old TWIGGY photos, you might find something to remake:

  22. Very nice collection!
    I have only 1 jacket in my wardrobe! And it is RTW%) I need to change this situation, I think! 


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