Added Jul 22, 2010
So the story of this little number starts at an op shop (thrift store). I was digging through the big back room where people deliver their unwanted stuff and came across some fabric remnants – both synthetic stretch fabrics – one brown with a woollen look to it, one light turquoise and mildly ribbed. I’ve always loved brown and blue as a combination so the pairing of these two felt like an obvious choice.
I had the perfect 50’s swing jacket pattern at home, also recently purchased second hand. The pattern consists of only two pieces – one for the front and one for the back – with the option of creating either a faced or a lined (and reversible!) jacket. I went with lined.
The jacket itself was relatively simple to make, although more time consuming than initially anticipated as there was alot of hand sewing to do. I was working with remnants, and it was a bit of a squeeze getting the pattern pieces to fit, but (having to ignore grain lines!!!) I managed to make it work. Actually, I wasn’t worried too much about ignoring grain lines since there was no obvious grain on the right side of the fabric. Also the jacket is quite loose and roomy and, as such, would probably have been difficult to misshape :)
I made bound buttonholes (for the first time – I don’t know why I’d never tried these before, it was very simple) and used vintage fabric covered buttons given to me by a friend. This was also the first project where I had properly attempted to use stretch fabric, and found it surprisingly fun and hassle-free. Woo!
I’ve been wearing this non-stop since I made it a few weeks ago, it’s warm and works well with so many outfits!
second hand fabric, vintage buttons
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