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1950 Belted Topper

Upper flaps are just for show--no pockets.  Lower flaps conceal double-welt pockets.  The belt is a bit wide for the buckle, but the original width was much superior to the narrower test belt I tried.  Buckle purchased at Josephine's Dry Goods, Portland, OR, Dec. 2008.  The color of the buckle changes depending on what it lies against--wonderful! 

Vintage Butterick pattern, “Boxy or Belted Topper,” 1950. I sewed this in a coat-making class at Treadle Yard Goods, St. Paul, MN, Nov.-Dec. 2008. Excellent for warmth and fashion while traveling; can be dressed up or down.


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  1. lynnewill | | #1

    You can just never have enough Jackets can you? Love the style of this jacket and the fabrication. Nice work, especially fond of the plaid on your welts.

  2. moushka | | #2

    This is a fantastic jacket. You did a fabulous job.
    I'd love to see the pattern re-issued, too. Would you be willing to send a scan of the jacket and the pattern envelope to Butterick and ask them to consider it for their vintage patterns? I think you'd have to eventually send them the pattern, but you would get it back. It's a fabulous design and I think it would be very popular.

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    vintagetailor | | #3

    I did contact Butterick, and they replied quickly and enthusiastically. I offered to send them the original pattern pieces, but they said they could work with the illustrations on the pattern envelope. So, as far as I know, this pattern is under consideration for reissuing.

  4. Monica1344 | | #4

    Pattern_nut love this pattern and your jacket! I'm trying to re-create the pattern from the illustrations on the back of the envelope. Have you had any more communications from Butterick as to when/if this will be re-issued?

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    vintagetailor | | #5

    I never heard back from Butterick, but I'm sure it takes a long time to get from the idea to production to catalog. It might not be too difficult to find this pattern if you set up a daily search of vintage patterns on eBay.

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