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The Anachronistic Jacket

Added Apr 2, 2011

by tanitisis

Calgary, Canada






The details of this project are inspired by this 1930s Katharine Hepburn repro pattern , but my actual construction is completely different—-my pattern is a princess-seamed jacket with a set-in sleeve and front closure, while the original has one-piece kimono sleeves and a crossover front.

Like my cropped jean jacket I used the fitted jacket pattern from Built By Wendy Coats & Jackets, which I think I now have thoroughly tweaked. I had just barely enough fabric for this little cropped jacket. I used this information to draft the cowl-sleeves.

The jacket is inspired by a 30s pattern, the dress I’m wearing with it (I love the combo), but overall the look is almost Regency period… so I guess this outfit is one big anachronism! (Which didn’t stop me from wearing it all around town the other day…)

More photos and construction/drafting details on my blog

Material Notes

A light, loosely-woven plaid, a thrift-store find. It feels like it might be mostly cotton—-it’s not at all wooly or scratchy. I lined the body of the jacket but left the sleeves unlined as I didn’t think the lining I was using would have the right drape for the cowl at the top of the sleeve.




Garment Type
Classic, Evening Wear, Romantic, Steampunk, Vintage

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  • Cara_kiss_large

    Apr 7, 2011, 04.57 AMby caramia-made

    Hey there, you mentioned that the patterns in this book have little to no ease in them. Would you recommend making a size larger than what your measurements are? Mine put me at a small, but I’m wondering if the medium might be better? Thoughts?

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    • Anthgirl_tiny_large

      Apr 7, 2011, 03.52 PMby tanitisis

      I can only speak to the fitted jacket pattern, I haven’t made the others yet. For the fitted jacket, if you look at the size range she gives, the upper end of the size range is exactly the size measurements (eg. the XS bust finished measurement is 33). If you’re at the small end of the size range she gives, you would have 1" of ease. I don’t really think that’s enough for a jacket, so for this pattern I would go up a size.

      I don’t know about the other patterns (yet) but I would measure them and see—-pattern measuring is really easy when they don’t have seam allowances! (and no, I didn’t forget to add seam allowances when making my muslin ;) ). I think 2-3" of ease is an absolute minimum for a coat, and 4-5" would still be fine (maybe even more for a loose-fitting coat)

    • Cara_kiss_large

      Apr 8, 2011, 05.51 AMby caramia-made

      Alrighty then! Medium it is! :)

      I want to make the GI Jane jacket, and I measured the pattern pieces and it looks like I’ll have a few inches of ease. Plus it’s meant to be a bit loose-fitting, so we shall see. Yay I’m excited!

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    Apr 2, 2011, 04.06 PMby Ralf Schmitz

    this is just adorable! i really love this jacket and i agree with lennert, it is very very vivienne westwood (wich is still one of my all-time-favoriteS!)

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    Apr 2, 2011, 02.59 PMby lennert

    Wow! I love this jacket… I think it actually looks very Vivienne Westwood!

  • Forburda_large

    Apr 2, 2011, 12.37 PMby skeeler

    Really cool – goes so well with the long skirt…

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    Apr 2, 2011, 07.22 AMby irmchen

    Adorable! I always enjoy your projects.

  • Bee_large

    Apr 2, 2011, 03.42 AMby Seeks Corey

    I love your cropped jacket projects. :)

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