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Vintage Orange Jacket

For Christmas my mother-in-law gifted me with a beautifully crafted unfinished jacket that she’d started in a tailoring class when she was my age. The body of the jacket was together (complete with a thorough network of basting stitches), but the sleeves weren’t attached and the bound buttonholes were only half complete.

Putting the sleeves on was straightforward. I followed the same steps I’d used for the gray Armani jacket just a few weeks ago. But, I was a bit stumped as to how to complete the bound buttonholes. The buttonholes had been finished on the front but not on the facing (see inset photos above). I wasn’t sure how to complete the process with the facing already firmly attached. Enter Pattern-Scissors-Cloth, the blog of another talented seamstress. There I found a tutorial that explained exactly how to face the buttonholes.

I’m entering the coat into this week’s Sew Weekly challenge: “UFOs (Unfinished Objects)”. This jacket has been waiting to be completed for 20 plus years! Here are the facts à la Sew Weekly.

Fabric: orange checked wool, beige cotton facing with a subtle stripe, gold silk lining
Pattern: unknown
Year: c. 1980s
Notions: Three square buttons

I think the coat would look brilliant paired with a bow blouse similar to the one the Cupcake Goddess made just last week (make sure you scroll down far enough to see her blouse paired with a V-neck cardigan). Maybe in a smart blue or a subtle gold? I also like how the coat reminds me of one of the outfits in the spring 2011 Pantone. I pulled the inspirational sketch out of the mix to give you a better look.

One final shot of the jacket on my dress form.

5 thoughts on “Vintage Orange Jacket

  1. What a lovely present to get. Do you ever sew with your mother-in-law?
    I love the fabric – it kind of makes me want to have an orange jacket…. Love the bright colour.

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