Hot! The “Boxy Lady” Jacket

The Facts

Fabric: about 1.5 metres of pink/black acrylic blend herringbone from my stash, ~$8
Pattern: McCall’s 5791
Year: 1961
Notions: 4 mis-matched buttons from my stash, ~$0.01
Time to complete: 5.5 hours (so far)
First worn: for these photos
Wear again? yes

Total cost: ~$8

Since it’s summer down here in New Zealand, I made a warm jacket this week. (Normally, that would sound a bit odd, but hey, we all know what this week’s theme is, right?!) My original plan was to make a full-length coat, but then I stumbled across McCall’s 5791 in my pattern stash, and this herringbone weave acrylic blend in my fabric stash, and the two really wanted to be together. So I indulged them and made up view B, with it’s double-breasted front, three-quarter sleeves, and shawl collar.

Sure, it’s not my normal style, but if there’s one thing I’ve learnt through following the Sew Weekly themes, it’s that quite often, when you head into different styles, you find something that works. (Other times, you get a major disaster, but hey, at least you learn something, no?)

This time was one of those happy times, as it turns out that I really quite like this jacket! Sure, I don’t really know yet what I’ll wear it with, but I’ll either figure that out, or make something to go with it. I’m thinking it’ll look good for in the office in colder months, or even with jeans (if I ever wear jeans) as a more casual look. So thank you, Sew Weekly themes, for encouraging me once again to make something that I probably would never have made otherwise!



Kat stumbled upon The Sew Weekly at the end of 2010. Inspired by Mena's creations and dedication to sewing each week, Kat stitched along with all the weekly themes for 2011. Through The Sew Weekly and the girls who contribute to it, she deepened her passion for vintage styles and started amassing a large collection of vintage patterns. Now she needs an excuse to try using them all.


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  1. That jacket is very cute indeed

  2. That is a sweet little jacket – and it would look fab with a pair of jeans and some heels. Lovin’ the hair.

  3. Turned out to be a cute jacket for you. Now, I know the skirt isn’t part of the challenge, but I’m wanting one! Please tell me you made it from an easy to find pattern. Pretty please?

    • I’m afraid to say that I didn’t actually make the skirt. :-( It’s a vintage one (1960’s or 1970’s) that a friend gave me. If I ever see a pattern similar, I’ll let you know, though!

  4. I agree. Love the jacket and how it’s paired with the skirt. Another color I would wear the jacket with is camel.

  5. Fantastic Kat, I love it, I can see you wearing this in the cooler months all layered up.

  6. Cute jacket. I bet it’s lovely over dresses with a defined waist as well.

  7. I really love that jacket.

  8. Kat, what a charming style. Love it

  9. So cute – and the skirt is fab too!

  10. Gorgeous, and this style really does suit you.

  11. Cool how it all comes together for a challenge, isn’t it? I love how this jacket turned out and I’m sure you’ll find it versatile when the season changes. Great skirt, too!

  12. Very foxy boxy lady. What a lovely job you have done of that. Very useful in the Wellington winter under a long coat with thermals, tights, warm trousers or skirt, boots, scarf and hat for that long walk home! xx

  13. It’s such a fabulous little jacket! I think the shape is so lovely, and I love this color on you :)