I bought a jacket pattern. Three, actually. As much as I adore Robin’s jacket, I know my drafting skills aren’t quite up to scratch. I just want to sew, not fink around with drafting gorgeously complicated lines and angles.
When I shop, I set out with a clear idea of what I want. (Have you read Zoe’s timely post on shopping and consumption?)
I wanted a 1930’s suit jacket, smart and pert with clean lines. The 30’s can be challenging to a modern eye, even if I like it. Example:
Eventually, I discovered this treasure at LanetzLiving (20% sale on too, which cinched it):
Oh! Oh! OH! I will make every one of these pieces, I have the perfect fabrics for each! That blouse! So 30’s, but I could so easily make it in a plain smooth batiste in one of “my colors” and it would work very well. Note the jacket is neither double nor single breasted- what do you call that? Finally, while the skirt looks relatively nondescript, I’d be willing to bet it’s one of those perfectly useful 30’s skirt patterns.
After my pleasant experience with a 1940’s Advance suit pattern, I’m thrilled to add this to the queue. Look at those long, slim lapels- and the same closure as the late 30’s pattern. But wait, there’s more to this pattern:
I found (and printed) a leaflet from the war years called “You Have the Goods on Him,” all about making a woman’s suit from a man’s with conceptual advice and cutting layouts. Like Zoe, I shop as a “hunter gatherer,” so now I’m on the hunt for a great big wool gabardine man’s jacket! When I find a good one, I’ll be sure to share the “make do and mend” experience. I wonder what color it will be?
Do you like the 30’s, or have any experience sewing from the era? Do you know what those front closures are called? Who are your favorite online pattern sources?
While I was finding patterns, I discovered this amazing page on the social history behind 30’s fashion.