Project: Vogue 9820 (1959) Jacket, Part 5

Readers,

I finished my wearable test this morning, and am pretty pleased with the result.

This jacket is comfy and easy to wear.

This jacket is comfy and easy to wear.

When I saw how well this was coming together I realized this could be a garment I’d really wear. So I lavished more attention on it than I would a usual test. I went ahead and interfaced it, put in sleeveheads, made and installed shoulder pads–the works.

The good news is that I gained a garment for my trouble, and got valuable experience that should make my “real” jacket–the one with the leopard-print velveteen collar–easier to sew and better looking than it would have otherwise.

Just this morning I noticed that my hat looks a lot like the hat in the pattern illustration.

Just this morning I noticed that my hat looks a lot like the hat in the pattern illustration.

The bad news is, in my imagination I was going to have this finished on Tuesday–four days ago–and the leopard one finished yesterday. Uh huh.

So for all the success I should be enjoying, I feel late. Behind “schedule.”

I just might skip the vent in the next jacket I sew. Then I could install the lining almost entirely by machine.

I just might skip the vent in the next jacket I sew. Then I could install the lining almost entirely by machine.

Oh, I’ll get over this; by tomorrow I’ll be all jazzed up to start the leopard collar jacket and will have forgotten this ridiculous “late” business.

Here’s the strangest part: I feel more late having finished this jacket today rather than this past Tuesday than I feel late about having had the fabric and the plan to sew this jacket since 2002!

I used a milk-chocolate brown lining from my stash.

I used a milk-chocolate brown lining from my stash.

Surely somebody has studied this phenomenon of disproportionate and misplaced something-or-other. If not, there’s PhD research material here, and I volunteer to be a subject.  If there’s a cure, clue me in.

My “lateness” was for the best of reasons. I saw that taking more time to do the job as right as I could–like installing sleeveheads to smooth out the wrinkles in the sleeve caps, mitering the vent to reduce bulk, stabilizing seams, etc., would be good practice for all my future projects and would yield better looking, longer lasting results.

The materials for the next jacket.

The materials for the next jacket.

Oh, and the doing often wasn’t as time-consuming as figuring out what to do and in what sequence, because I don’t always follow the instructions in vintage patterns, which can be either vague or unnecessarily labor-intensive.

But I did figure out what to do.  And I did figure out the sequence.  This turned out to be a straightforward project with nothing very tricky.

This is such a smart looking jacket, easy to sew, easy to love, vintage enough for vintage lovers but contemporary too.

Vogue Patterns, a new audience awaits the reissuing of this pattern!

Coming soon!

Coming soon!

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2 thoughts on “Project: Vogue 9820 (1959) Jacket, Part 5

  1. Absolutely outstanding job! How wonderful to have finished your project. I just love it! I am the sewing person that answered y0o with a long disertation, and not knowing quite how it made it into your in box! I have been trying to catch up on everything about you and all the processes that got you to your figure diagnosis and your color season. I keep loosing my place when I go back to continue my reading. I love your sewing room arangements. Such good sense to figure out the use of the space first. “I could have had a v-8” Keep on with your work. It is beautiful to behold. Barbara.

    • Thank you, Barbara! I just keep on running little experiments to test my ideas. I’m so glad you’re finding some of this useful. It’s the librarian in me: I want to help people find solutions that work for them, and maybe something I try will spark an idea. Stay tuned–what I’ve done so far is merely a warmup!

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