Spring Jacket... in January!

Sunday, January 16, 2011



I purchased a huge lot of Vintage patterns off Ebay a few weeks ago, and received it early last week. It has some really special things in it, including a Betsy Johnson pattern from the late 1970's. I really love the styling of 1970's clothing - though I often dislike the original choice of fabrics. I am enjoying sewing these up in cottons and other natural fabrics.

Maybe I am feeling extra inspired by the clothing of the '70's because we were into the 1970's in our Oscar Movie Marathon. Last night I slept my way through The Sting but have thoroughly enjoyed The French Connection, The Godfather, and Midnight Cowboy and am really looking forward to watching Annie Hall again! It is one of my all time favourite movies - mostly because I think Annie Hall is a copy of myself.

I am super excited about this little jacket - I love the idea of the contrasting lapels and pointy cuffs. It looks very cute with a pair of dark, skinny jeans, but I am excited to make myself a pair of wide-legged pants to go with it. I bound all the seams in the contrast fabric, and added a sewn on facing to the back-neck to hide the collar seam around the neck opening. I really liked the faux-notched collar on this jacket, was really quick and easy to sew!

I am also preparing for the give away I mentioned earlier - I should be posting a Great Big Official Give Away Post on Tuesday! Stay tuned!

13 comments:

  1. Ohh, this is gorgeous jacket! I don't usually pay much attention to 70s patterns but after seeing this beauty I might change my mind. Great work!

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  2. It's great to see you've taken time out to make something for yourself. I'm with Suzy above on the 1970s patterns, but you've totally made me want to look at them closer in future. Your jacket looks so modern and retro at the same time, love your choice of fabrics too!

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  3. That's very original and girly, I like it!

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  4. This is so great!! It doesn't look 70's..it definitely has a 40's and 50's vibe to it too! Lovely!

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  5. I love how some of the 70s patterns channel the 30s era. They're usually much more affordable and just as interesting! Great Job!

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  6. I love this!!! What a great pattern. The contrast fabric is very effective. I'm so jealous. Off to find a similar pattern online...

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  7. That is so cute! I bet it will go with everything from casual to dressy. My idea of a perfect piece!

    I agree with Debi, it definitely looks 40's-50's and not 70's. Job well done!

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  8. The contrast fabric collar looks fantastic! and spring is soooo near ..... Beautiful!!

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  9. So cute and my favorite part are the pointy cuffs.

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  10. I love how different the final garment looks and feels from the pttern enveloppe due to your fabric choices. Pretty romantic!

    Seventies patterns are usually my favorites, so I'd be rather eager to see this Betsey Johnson pattern, too!

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  11. Thanks everyone! I love the illustrations on the envelopes of these patterns - their gigantic smiles crack me up!

    I cut out the Betsey Johnson pattern on Sunday! Will finish it up soon.

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  12. Hi! this jacket is great, it looks kind of 40's or 50's to me! I like it!

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  13. Hey there! I have the same 70s pattern and am working my way to it. It's so nice to see it done up and looking so good! Makes me really excited to start planning one out.

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