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Lil Retro Jacket

Added Oct 28, 2012

by MissCorsetLizz

Central Coast, A...






Love this retro jacket pattern. It’s been sitting in amongst my pattern for too long!
It’s Butterick B5136 (Retro Butterick ’48)
I decided to use tricot for this one for something a little different. Can’t wait to use it for other things!
It’s lined and again I’ve used vintage buttons from my stash :-D

Material Notes

Black Tricot
Black lining (acetate I think?)




Spring, Summer
Garment Type

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    Nov 13, 2012, 03.36 PMby daisymomo

    Haya! thank you so much for taking time and explaining the process in making your dummy. I just saw your reply…I know, I’m a bit of a dummy myself….but, it’s never too late to thank you! oh, and at the moment I suppose you don’t need to take it off the fun stand, do you? (that was hilarious! I loved it!!!) well, unless you were based on the other side of the hemisphere. I recently found a polyester dummy in a charity shop so I will use that as a base and build my sized up one on it. xxx Ps: is it not very very heavy though with all that paper inside?

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      Nov 15, 2012, 11.56 PMby MissCorsetLizz

      Hi :-D No problem at all in explaining my dummy making methods. My dummy isn’t heavy at all with all the paper, thank goodness for that!!! lol. Lol you’re not a dummy. I do live in the southern hemisphere (The land down under lol) so we’re about to go into summer, but, with the weird hot/cold weather we’ve been getting I haven’t really taken the dummy off the stand, so lucky I guess, for now.
      The polyester dummy will make a great base to build on!!!
      I had a look at your website by the way, Great Work!!!!! I especially love your work on your personal page on your site :-D xx

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    Oct 30, 2012, 02.27 AMby godesscpsmom

    This jacket is fabulous. I want one! Your choice of fabric and buttons makes this very special.

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    Oct 30, 2012, 01.10 AMby daisymomo

    Hi, this is really pretty, tres chic and sexy at the same time, well done. As soon as I manage to have the time, I’ll have a go too. What a great idea about making the dummy yourself with your exact proportions. Could you please explain more what materials and the process please? That would be dear… xxx

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      Oct 30, 2012, 03.13 AMby MissCorsetLizz

      Thank you:-D I made the dummy following a tutorial on threads magazine http://www.threadsmagazine.com/item/3630/quick-and-easy-duct-tape-dress-form/page/all
      I made the form using an old oversize t-shirt and duct tape. I used 4 layers of tape. I applied the tape in alternating layers of vertical and horizontal (first layer was all horizontal and, second all vertical and so on – no gaps between pieces) this was to strengthen the structure of the tape. I did add in the neck and tops of my arms too using cling/plastic wrap on the neck only as I had the fabric from the t-shirt for my arms. Once I had taped all the layers, I cut through all layers of tape and t-shirt up the front (I used my fingers to pull the tape and t-shirt away from my body a little as I cut, so that I didn’t cut or scratch myself with the scissors I was using) and carefully removed the form, I then taped the form carefully back together on the front and sealed the top of the form with more tape and then stuffed the form with newspaper. I would recommend taking your time with stuffing and checking to make sure it’s firm as you go otherwise you can end up with bits collapsing in slightly, either on their own or when you go to use it. Once I got to the bottom I Started taping across (vertically and horizontally) and stuffing as I went until done. I used the left over roll from a roll of interfacing for the stand. I cut a cross-hair in the middle of the form at the bottom and inserted the roll to about half way into the form (this took a bit of time and fiddling) and then I taped the bottom of the form to the roll and finished it.
      My form stands on an old pedestal fan stand at the bottom as I had nothing else to stand it on. I just take the form off the bottom when I need to use the fan lol. Hope this helps:-D

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    Oct 29, 2012, 03.16 AMby kisses

    Cute jacket

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    Oct 28, 2012, 06.10 PMby tambran

    love the jacket well done. I notice you have a duct tape dummy. Did you make it yourself? I have been looking into making one and wanted to know how practical it is and is worth it. Thanks

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      Oct 29, 2012, 03.20 AMby MissCorsetLizz

      Thank you :-D Yes, I made the duct tape dummy myself. It’s been extremely handy to fit clothes to and when working clothes on the dummy. It cost me pretty much $20 to make as opposed to $300 – $400 for an adjustable dummy or a dressform. I haven’t worked with anything else except fitting directly on myself and on another person , so I wouldn’t know what working with an adjustable dummy is like. I would probably prefer working with an exact replica of a person like the duct tape form, the person them selves or myself, my reasoning for this is bodymass distribution esp. when it comes to corsetry. I know that you can pad an adjustable dummy/dressform to get a closer or almost exact shape/ form of a person. But if you’re looking to work on clothes just for yourself, I’d give the duct tape form a go. It is easier to have someone help you, I didn’t have any assistance in making mine, and make sure that you don’t put tape down too tightly to avoid shifting, moving or any bumps or dips in the form. Also check your measurments every 4-6 months just in case your measurements change. I hope this helps :-)

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    Oct 28, 2012, 03.14 PMby Mary Athey

    oh i love.this!! i.m a huge fan of boleros shrugs and cropped jackets and this ones fab. amazing buttons to x


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      Oct 29, 2012, 03.10 AMby MissCorsetLizz

      Thank you :-D I have a few more cropped jackets to make and I’m really looking forward to making them after having made this one!!!

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