I've been a fan of the stunning vintage patterns at Decades of Style for a long time now. The patterns range from reproductions of originals from the 1920's to the 1950's, all sold as Pdf's, and have really interesting details in them to add that extra something to your stitchery. There are so many on my wish list to make one day, but the pattern that had been top of my want to make list was the 1931 Lily Jacket. Although it's from the Thirties, it looks equally good with a 1950's nipped in waist frock or with modern high waist jeans too. For these photos I grabbed my beloved 1930's Deadly is the Female frock to show the lines of the jacket off to their best.
When I saw the brown Herringbone wool at Sewalicious I knew it would look fantastic in a vintage style jacket or coat. Click went my brain, thinking yup, this is the one for the Lily Jacket and I'm so glad I was right as I absolutely love it. Even though the pattern calls for lighter weight fabrics or wools than the one I picked, I didn't let this stop me as sometimes you can just work around those little niggles if you want your own way can't you. As I'll be having this jacket dry cleaned, I steam ironed the fabric rather than pre-washing it. This is my preferred choice with wools every time, but that's just my choice, not sure if it's the right one necessarily.
Once I was ready to go, I cut out all my pattern pieces and the cloth started to fray like crazy as you'd expect from a wool. As this jacket isn't lined I overlocked all the edges before I started sewing. Another reason I did this is that the jacket is constructed by pressing a seam under and then laying that over the one it's to be joined to and topstitching it in place. That means you can't finish the seams afterwards. I did think it would look stunning if this Lily jacket was lined in a contrasting deep blue, but I need to spend time working out how I'll manage that one. I did bias bind the facing edges in a deep blue though to keep myself happy that there is a small bit of that contrast that I imagined and to keep those edges nice and neat.
Every stage of sewing with the Herringbone wool was a joy. It never misbehaved on my machine and was a dream to sew with.
I love how all the curves that have been topstitched in the jacket show up, but it's not very easy to see the deep triangle sewn in the back. A plain fabric would show this detail better, but I don't mind as I'm thrilled with this beautiful wool I made mine in. Although the Lily Jacket will be getting a lot of wear from me, my eighteen year old daughter is trying to get her mitts on it too. Just goes to show how versatile this jacket is to suit either a proper vintage style or a younger contemporary one.
Thanks Lisa x