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1936 McCall jacket

The fabric is an Italian herringbone stretch wool in saffron yellow and orange.  I was told the buttons are Bakelite.  I bought both fabric and buttons in New York's garment district, in 2005, I think.  I bought them specifically for this suit--and then they languished in my stash for five years, while I fretted about whether my sewing skills were good enough to do them justice.

The faced-waist skirt is a contemporary pattern, McCall's 3830. 


This is my second rendition of this 1936 McCall jacket pattern 8944.  (The first one, in seersucker, has also been posted in Reader’s Closet, along with the original pattern illustration.)


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  1. sophronia | | #1

    Love vintage! Love the color! Great job tailoring! Just all-arounf excellent!

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    PinkerPaws | | #2

    This is just beautiful! The pattern is wonderful, and your work on it is superb. Those fabrics that have been in the stash awhile are just aging like fine wine. I hope :)

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    vintagetailor | | #3

    Thank you! And this project represents another achievement for me: except for a little advice at the beginning, I made all the construction decisions (and did all the construction, of course) myself, without my sewing teacher. She has taught me well. (But every time she tells me "I'm teaching you so that you don't need me anymore," I say "No--but I still want you!" and we go on to do other great projects.)

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    EvaDress | | #4

    Love it! The color is wonderful-just loaded with all kinds of impact. It must be not unlike wearing a tasty confection of sorts...

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    vintagetailor | | #5

    EvaDress, I'm honored. Thank you. You're are continually inspiring!

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    michellepaganini | | #6

    Really great work!

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