A Sewing Pro Looks Back at Her First Tailored Jacket
The journey to making my first tailored jacket started early. Like many of you, I learned to sew in my teens. My mom asked if I would like to learn to sew, and, at 14, I just took to it. My first teachers were two of our neighbors, Mrs. Stewart and Mrs. Jefferson. They were there to answer my many questions. Plus, I learned even more by reading pattern guide sheets.
I think my sense of style came from my parents and grandmother, so I was immediately drawn to Vogue patterns. Back in the day, the local department stores had great fabric and pattern sections. I could sit for hours on a Saturday looking at pattern catalogs and feeling the fabrics. At age 15, I had started sewing for friends too, making prom gowns and other garments.
When it was time to go to college, I knew that I wanted to major in Textiles, Clothing and Business. The project for our junior year was to make a tailored garment. I decided to make a tailored jacket and a bias plaid skirt. I’ll share more about that skirt in another post.
Choosing the fabric
I knew that I would be visiting my brother in Atlanta, Georgia, that summer before my junior year, so I was able to find fabric for both garments at one of the premier fabric shops, The Gallery of Fabrics. The store was in Phipps Plaza, next to Lord & Taylor. It had some of the most beautiful fabrics I had ever seen. Since my purchase was for a tailored outfit, I chose a neutral beige wool for the jacket, and a subtle plaid to go with it for the skirt. I am sure I used a Vogue pattern, but I don’t remember the number.