Hot! The “Double the fun” jackets

The Facts
Fabric: Two pieces of cotton plaid flannel
Pattern: McCalls 8005
Notions: 5 buttons on each jacket, interfacing
Year: 1950
Time to complete: 8 hours
First worn: October 2012
Wear again? Yes, when fall finally decides to show up

Total Cost: ~ $40.00 but $12 is vintage buttons

Ever since Mena did her take on a 49er jacket I knew I needed to add one to my wardrobe this year. A few days after I saw her post I found a couple great heavy cotton flannels at Joann’s (imagine my surprise!) so I purchased 2 1/2 yards of a red/grey/black combo. So what makes this a UFO?



I was so psyched that I blithely started cutting things out, paying absolutely NO attention to how much fabric I was using and ooopps! I’m about 1/2 yard too short : ) WHY? you may ask. Sewing 101 – make sure you have enough fabric BEFORE you start to cut for the project you have in mind! For a standard shirt pattern 2 1/2 yards should be fine however, this isn’t a “standard” shirt pattern. Did I read all the words on the pattern envelope or just look at the pretty picture? You can guess what the answer is : ) Not only that, I didn’t even see the word “Maternity” near the pattern number on the envelope.

Brilliant, eh?

Here’s what I like about the pattern; I like the “swagger” style cut, the fact that the side seams and center back seam flare a little. (I love swing coats and recently became the proud and slightly tearful owner of one of the most beautiful swing coats I’ve ever seen. It’s a little dusty and wrinkled right now but I’ll get it cleaned and post pics soon.) I went back to Joann’s to get more fabric and…no more…argh…. I threw the whole project into a bag and figured I’d look at it next year.

A couple weeks ago, while looking for something completely different at another store, I scored! More plaid in my pattern!! And right next to it was an really interesting red/yellow/beige/black plaid as well. Hmmmm… much do I like the pattern? Enough to give it a go twice? Sure, why not. This time I bought THREE yards of fabric and, feeling quite smug, came home and cut everything out just in case…

Everything was fine : ) I also decided to make both coats at once because somehow, in my world, it only takes a little more effort and time to do something twice as it does to do it once. I scored the COOLEST buttons at the flea market this month:

The original idea was to use them on the grey/red/black jacket but after I bought the other flannel I knew I needed to use them on it. My one regret was not getting the solid red bakelite buttons.  I used 5 black buttons from my stash on the red/grey/black jacket and next month, if I can find the nice button lady, I’ll buy the solid red and change them out.

Here is my SECOND jacket, my ‘casual weekend’ look. I’m wearing my Rosie the Riveter jeans with a $2 vintage red wool sweater. I pulled out my yellow and black bakelite bracelets along with earrings and a ring and I have to say, I felt pretty stylin’! Too bad the fog burned off by the time we started taking photos and once again I was dripping sweat down my back.  It was RAINING a couple days ago and now we’re back to Indian summer : )

My daughter and I walked around Oakland and found this gorgeous house of many colors! This is going in my Inspiration file.

And now for my ORIGINAL idea/look:

Not my finest hour : ) Nothing other than being a little tired and hot but I do like the outfit. I wanted you to see the pockets in this version that I didn’t do with the first one but muffed the shot. Brittany and I were just about over the whole picture taking thing today so this is as good as it gets. WHEN it gets cold this will be an AWESOME outfit! Today…not so much. The pants are from my Elton John outfit; even though you can’t see them I’ve got on red and black bakelite bracelets and earrings.

Almost every house on this street had Halloween decorations up. Those white schmatta things are actually ghosts : ) It was all very cute! But we were done so we headed, once again, to Bittersweet,

Gluten free chocolate zucchini bread and a Chocolate Coconut Chill. Ahhhh……

In the end I cleared up one UFO that I had resigned myself to finishing next year, made its “twin” AND incorporated pieces from other challenges into some pretty cha-cha outfits. Score!!



Loran is a Bay Area designer, stitcher and suburban farm girl. Having done theater for years she's finally taking on her most demanding client (herself!) and fashioning a wardrobe from her huge stock of vintage patterns and fabrics, all while writing her daily tablesetting blog. Let's see if she can keep up with both : )


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  1. Oh fabulous! I’ve been hankering after some really loud plaid, and these are my favourite kinds of jackets. I wear my swing jacket constantly – you have the right idea – make it in doubles!

    • I wore the first look to work yesterday, during the first rain of the season and I was SO comfy! I have plans for a couple more jackets : ) And yes, these loud plaids are FUN!!

  2. Love your jacket.. Looks great with the jeans.

  3. I think your two jackets are stunning! I also want to say that you look great in red. What an accomplishment to do so much sewing this week!

    • Thanks Barbara! I love red, my house is decorated around red as is my wardrobe. My grandmother said if you love something then celebrate it everyday. And if you thought this was a lot of sewing stay tuned for the Halloween challenge…

  4. These are wonderful. My favourite is the red and black – with those great bias cut pockets – brilliant! I wish I could see all your accessories a little better – is that a scotty dog brooch? Drool. I have a group of this type of patterns and I am trying to decide which one to make up and what length. I love this below the hip length as it would hide my problem area the best. Mine will be in a solid colour – maybe with just at touch of plaid! Great job as always lady x

    • Thank you Trish, I like each of them for entirely different reasons/uses. I wore the jeans look the other day, I may wear the black/red tomorrow : ) Yes, that is a scotty dog brooch. Make your jacket, I’m dying to see your version!

  5. Great job Loran, and to make two? Fantastic! They really suit you and your vintage retro look. You look fab in red. Love all of your fancy accessories in that first shot.

    I’m guessing you are pleased the puppies didn’t eat this pattern.

    • Thank you very much Kazz : ) I’m trying to incorporate more of my accessories, channel a little more Kazz into my life. After all, I own them, I just haven’t used them much! Yes, I’m glad the puppies didn’t get to this pattern. The puppies have all moved on to either their forever homes or other fosters. We just have mama Chloe now so the house is very quiet.

  6. Perfect, as usual. Love the details and the looks you put together. You’re reminding me that I need to make my fall jacket now– definitely fall here on the East coast– before it gets too cold to wear it.

    • Thanks Lee! It hasn’t been fall here so much as Indian Summer but we did have our first rain storm of the season yesterday so I wore my jeans look to work. We don’t winters out here like you have so I forget that in other parts of the country this look wouldn’t work all season long. Can’t wait to see what YOU do for the fall challenge!!

  7. This is going on my list of things to try next year. I’d love to be making and wearing autumnal layery stuff but it still isn’t cool enough. Next year I SHALL make stuff to be cosy in and then demand that my family take me to cool places on roadtrips (I want to see South Dakota, and I shall look stylish like you and Mena in my comfiness). Psst….btw, there is such a thing as taking it easy you know….two jackets! Why the heck didn’t you make just the one and go and eat chocolate? Yeah, I know, I know….there’s only a few weeks left and we want to go out with a bang not a whimper ;)