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Vintage pattern, McCall 8944, published 1936

My first try making up this jacket.  I chose seersucker because it was economical and replaceable--but those stripes help make an exciting garment positively pulsate.

The words “dapper” and “natty” come to mind when I wear my 1936 seersucker jacket.  This was the first project my sewing teacher helped me with, six years ago, when I was despairing of ever understanding how to fit and sew the vintage patterns I found so enchanting. This was a character-building project that took a lot of patience, starting with the two (or was it three?) muslins to get the fit exactly right; continuing with interfacing, building chest pieces to support the shoulder and front; notched collar; and lining.  The delightful result was worth the effort.  And I have plans in the works for a couple more of these jackets, which will be much faster to cut and sew next time.


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  1. Ceeayche | | #1

    Nicely done. The lessons learned were well worth it! The seersucker actually enhances the vintage look in my mind, but with a fresh eye. thank you for sharing.

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    sewdizzy | | #2

    Wow, this was your FIRST? Such patience! It is a very impressive piece, and I cannot believe how perfectly you've whipped those little stripes into shape. Congratulations, and thanks for sharing!

  3. DesigningPat | | #3

    Totally love this jacket, especially the back. Lots of patience and love expressed in this piece. Thanks for sharing.

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    _nikki_ | | #4

    Wow! I love the back!

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    vintagetailor | | #5

    Thank you, sewdizzy. This was my first project with my sewing teacher but not my first jacket. The excitement of seeing this come together greatly outweighed the patience.

  6. PaulettaLoveToSew | | #6

    Where can I get this pattern? I would love to make it as it is. Couldn't find it anywhere on the Internet. Help?!!

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    vintagetailor | | #7

    Paulette--I bought this pattern on eBay. Have you checked eBay? From http://www.ebay.com go to Collectibles--Sewing (1930-now)--Patterns. You can set up a search for this particular pattern number and get e-mail alerts about auctions. From eBay's Patterns page also see "Matching eBay Stores." I especially like All Original Patterns Vintage4Me2. If I were you I would contact this vendor, explained what I was looking for, and see if she could keep an eye out for patterns for you.

    If you should sew up this pattern I hope you will share the results with us!

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