The ‘Just add red’ jacket
Just the facts, Ma’am:
Fabric: 1.6 metres of dark blue plain-tabby weave denim, 1m of retro Pucci-esque lining twill, both inherited from Grandma.
Pattern: Eeek! I don’t remember! I didn’t note the pattern, and I couldn’t find it when I went to write this post! It’s a 1950s vintage pattern that belonged to my Grandmother – almost certainly a McCalls or Butterick UPDATE: It’s Butterick 7986, found while doing a clean-up of the sewing room.
Year: ca. 1955
Notions: 3 large blue buttons (5 cents each)
Make again? No. It’s just too structured for a modern lifestyle, and the cut doesn’t suit me.
First worn: To look at flats with a friend (one of them had a cute little swing in the yard, so we used it for pictures), and then out to dinner with her.
Wear again? Yes, but only because I’m stubborn and refuse to admit that it doesn’t fit right, and the pattern is never going to and wouldn’t really suit me even if it did!
Total cost: 15 cents for buttons.
This jacket leaves me really torn. On the one hand, I love the construction: bound buttonholes, clever cuffs, everything beautifully finished in and out. And looking at it gives me warm, happy feelings. It’s all made from Grandma’s fabric, using one of her patterns. On a dressform it looks spectacular. On the other hand, the jacket just doesn’t fit me properly, and doesn’t really fit a modern lifestyle either. And it’s not the best style or cut on me – it’s too cute, and wants a small waisted, full busted figure.
The problem is that the jacket is an ongoing UFO. I cut it out years ago, before I was any good at altering patterns and adjusting fit. Ever since I’ve been fighting with it and putting off finishing it because I know it will never fit right. It pulls across the chest, and is a tiny bit short, and pulls.
So now it’s done. Almost a decade late. But I don’t know what I’m going to do with it. I need to find a dear friend who does fit it, because I’m too attached to it to give it to just anybody!
I’m wearing it with my ‘Please Don’t Photograph Me’ skirt (man, that thing gets a lot of wear for a white skirt!), and red tights and the same hat I wore with my ‘Little Bit of Red‘ dress. It’s a summer hat, but it was a relatively warm day for winter (though I still hurried back into my coat after the photoshoot) and it added a nice bit of contrast.
(Massive thanks to Mena for letting me finish the post after it somehow got submitted by accident and was published unfinished!)