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Men's Velveteen Western Jacket

Added Oct 28, 2010

by Peter Lappin

New York, United...






I made this jacket from Kwik Sew 459, a men’s Western jacket pattern from the Seventies. It has two patch pockets in front with pocket flaps and real jeans buttons. I’d never sewn with velveteen before and it was challenging due to Spandex in the fabric. Nevertheless it came together nicely and I’m very pleased with the result. Other than taking an inch or so off the length and about an inch of ease out of the sleeve cap, no major alterations were needed.

I made this on my Singer Spartan and 15-91, both vintage straight stitchers (Spartan for copper topstitching thread and buttonholes — with vintage Singer buttonholer — and 15-91 for everything else.).

More about the jacket and more pics on my blog, Male Pattern Boldness.


Material Notes

I used a gray-blue cotton velveteen I bought in the garment district for $8/yd — I only needed 1 3/4 yards from a 60" wide bolt. I made the undercollar from a piece of faux suede I had in my stash. I purchased the jeans buttons from Daytona Trimmings on 39th St. I edgestitched my seams with denim colored Coats & Clarks thread and used a copper colored thread for the second line of topstitching.




Spring, Fall, Winter
Garment Type
Cotton, Velvet

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    Nov 17, 2010, 01.24 PMby fashionfauxpas

    Hi Peter, Your creations are always such fun. I enjoy reading your Blog too. I look forward to your next garment.

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    Nov 3, 2010, 02.07 AMby maddym

    Nice work, it looks fantastic. I want to make one for my teenager.

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    Nov 2, 2010, 06.28 PMby bjeppson

    Excellent work.

    I suggest one thing that makes sewing on velvet and velveteen easier. Use a walking foot on the sewing machine. It keeps the layers from moving around. I use one to sew knits, which can also squirm around, and especially for quilting. I wish I had discovered it years ago.

    Peter, how about finding patterns on eBay? Have you found that useful?

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      Nov 2, 2010, 08.24 PMby Peter Lappin

      Thanks! Maybe I’ll get a walking foot some day soon.

      I do find patterns eBay, but more often I use Etsy. It’s just a format I find easier and there are a lot of vintage mens patterns there.

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    Nov 1, 2010, 09.24 AMby spikklubba

    Great work! Vintage 70s patterns has such nice fit and this one looks perfect made up. I don’t like velveteen usually but maybe I have to change my mind.

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    Oct 30, 2010, 12.20 AMby chinkypin

    That is a smashing thing!

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    Oct 29, 2010, 03.50 PMby cantare

    Love it! I must make myself one.

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      Oct 30, 2010, 03.39 PMby Peter Lappin

      You can find the pattern on Etsy.

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      Oct 31, 2010, 07.07 PMby cantare

      excellent, thank you!

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    Oct 28, 2010, 08.31 PMby morphomixstress

    Yep, I’m diggin this.

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    Oct 28, 2010, 04.20 PMby puffling

    It must be frustrating trying to find vintage patterns for men. Lots of pyjama and wierd caftan patterns, but not much else. Well, sometimes you can find something nice to look at like this:) http://www.etsy.com/listing/59041935/mens-boxers-vintage-1970s-sewing-pattern?ref=sr_list_28&ga_search_query=men%26%2339%3Bs+sewing+pattern+1970&ga_search_type=all&ga_page=&order=&includes%5B0%5D=tags&includes%5B1%5D=title

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      Oct 28, 2010, 04.30 PMby Peter Lappin

      Well, there’s not a lot of variety — mainly shirts, pants, and pajamas. But cool things do turn up on sites like Etsy. And they’re generally inexpensive (less than $10, sometimes MUCH less).

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    Oct 28, 2010, 03.58 PMby Peter Lappin

    Thanks, Ralf! I am now in love with velveteen.

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    Oct 28, 2010, 03.56 PMby Ralf Schmitz

    great jacket and lovely color! it suits you very well and it is so professionally made!!!!! BRAVO

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