All you vintage sewing enthusiasts probably know the feeling when you see an absolutely fabulous vintage pattern, but it's helplessly out of your reach. Whether it's because of the price or simply because no one seems to have it for sale.
I had to go through this pain when I saw this gorgeous walking suit pattern on American Duchess -blog. I dug through Ebay, Etsy, Google image search, Facebook...yet this pattern seemed to be no where to be found.
|Picture from American Duchess|
So I finally decided to make my own version of the pattern.
I used the measurements for the closest standard size, because I haven't updated my personal measurements recently and drafted the pattern for the jacket using a basic blazer block. The skirt I modified from a vintage dress pattern.
I had first made the jacket a little longer as it appears on the pattern envelope. But as you know, the fashion drawing rarely is very realistic and the figures are often elongated. So I ended up shortening the jacket by a few centimetres as the original length wasn't too flattering on me.
The fabric is combed pure wool that I came across at a small rural flea market a couple years ago. They had almost an entire bolt just sitting there so of course I had to take it home. I believe the fabric is from the 60's based on the tag hanging off it. What a steal!
I had a lot of fun working on the jacket, because I got to use traditional tailoring techniques such as hand basting the hair canvas and making bound button holes.
I found some faceted plastic buttons from a local craft shop that look like vintage glass buttons. Real glass buttons seem to be almost impossible to come by here.