Vintage Vogue jacket- in the bag!

After a sustained period of being an emotional wreck preparing for and helping my youngest bird to fly the nest, I am nearly back on the ball.  Sad to say I have not had much time to blog, visit blogs let alone leave comments.  But I will soon.  After this weekend.  In the meantime I have specially delayed my trip to Cornwall to get something off my chest.  My Vintage Vogue jacket of course!  How many times have I worn it (with all manner of colour & pattern variations) without having concluded its blog presence?

I will sprinkle some of my Self Stitched outfits through this post to illustrate it surprising versatility.

With my greenish linen trousers and ric rac polka dot blouse.

Where did I leave off?  I think it was having finished the bound buttonholes.  Well, after that it was pretty swift sewing.  I tried, as per instructions, to make little shoulder pad things using cotton batting instead of lambswool.  But didn’t use them.  Try as I might, I couldn’t for the life of me work out why the instructions required their placement in the sleeve head, not on the shoulders at all.  By my reckoning they weren’t essential, & so in the bin they went.

An outdoor pose on the canal with my yet to be blogged "Miss Ellie" chambray trousers

Onto sewing the lining, I was also not in favour of following the pattern instructions.  These instructions, according to my sewing guru Mum, take you through lining the proper way – ie lots of hand sewing & I mean lots.  Too much for me.   The lining front & back would have been sewn & attached to the main fabric.  The sleeves would then have been attached & hand sewn in.  I was also stumped around what was intended for attaching the shell hem – involving some bias interfacing attached to the inside of the shell fabric at the hemline.  Not for me!  I therefore undertook some research on alternatives.

With polka dot frilly blouse and navy piped trousers

I looked at the Built By Wendy method (from the Jackets and Coats book).  The lining appeared to be added in with jacket hemmed – but I didn’t want any hemming to vaguely show on the outside, so I surfed.  And as with all surfing for sewing techniques it was the Threads website that came up tops.  “Bagging” your lining looked like it was up my street.

Link to article on bagging your lining on Threads.

Emerald green cotton lining

A word of warning – read through to the end of the article before making a start!  Read the article rather than my briefest of summaries.  Order of sewing is essentially:

  • Make the lining up , darts & pleats as instructed but leave a gap in one of the side seams but attach sleeves.

Showing off bound buttonholes and pleat / dart in lining

  • Attach the lining to the edge of the jacket around front facing, neck edge, hem- sort of all in one go, right side of shell to wrong side of lining.  Some tweaking is needed for where the the front facing meets the hem.
  • Turn through the gap in the side seam.
  • Then reverse engineer the sleeves to sew the sleeve hems (can you guess I tried this before turning through the side seam gap!)  Read the article on how to do it – I will only get tongue tied!
  • I found that my hem sagged a bit, not sure how to keep it following the press line.  In the end I made tiny little single stitches in the hem at strategic points to keep the hem in place without showing.

As you can see from the photo above I cycled in this which was quite brave on a number of counts.  First – would the stretching over handle bars bust a seam (in the  lining, or worse in the jacket itself?)  No realisation of fears there – there is ample room for movement with all the interior pleats & it is a roomy jacket.   However, I was foolish wearing it cycling on a wet day, on a canal towpath …

Oh yes, my bike does not have mudguards.  The jacket didn’t shrink in the wet either.   It really has been worn a lot.  I have felt it’s very bright though.  I am totally self conscious whenever I wear it.  I would only be more self conscious if it looked more formal  and am relieved it’s cotton & not uber starched.

With Breton shirt and Miss Ellie trousers

You’ve also seen it with my Rooibos dress, but what about the Happy Denim Shirtdress?

With my best friend Cindy on a girlie stay away from home

To sum up, I learnt alot making this jacket.  Lots of techniques (bagging a lining, bound button holes, not making shoulder pads out of cotton batting, underlining).  I forgot to use piping #sigh#.  In terms of fabric choices I think that I should have realised how flashy it would be – it is bright red with white stripes after all!!  The lining, being cotton isn’t a smooth & silky “slip your arm in there” jacket experience, & as a consequence longer sleeves bunch up a bit, & perhaps there isn’t as much weight to the jacket as there could be.  However, it was always meant to be a summer weight blazer, & I think it’s succeeded.  I just need to change those Miss Ellie trousers, but that’s for another post!

I must away!  Cornwall calls me!!  Have a great weekend everyone, xxx












22 thoughts on “Vintage Vogue jacket- in the bag!

  1. karen

    It looks fabulous to me. You shouldn’t feel self-conscious wearing it at all. What a great learning curve. Gosh, you’re productive. Hope you’ve recovered from son’s departure.

  2. Tanit-Isis

    Yay! It looks lovely to me and not at all “too bright” (but then I go out head to toe in red fairly frequently). Glad it’s held up so well to life’s wear and tear, too—my favourite clothes are the ones I make and then use the crap out of. 🙂

  3. LinB

    What a lovely, versatile wardrobe piece! My philosophy about wearing bright colors: If you can’t be bright, you can at least look bright.

  4. Kerry

    Ooh I like it! Very smart and the colour is great. It looks pretty versatile too and I’m very impressed with all the techniques you employed in its making – nice work!

  5. Caroline

    I’ve discovered your blog recently (through the SSS flickr group maybe?) and am really enjoying both your writing style and your beautiful creations. This jacket may be bright but it does seem very versatile and you look lovely in it.

  6. Catherine

    A great jacket that really makes a statement….and well done for the inspirational test drive on the tow path! At least you know it is a take-anywhere-will-survive item!!
    Don’t worry about the last fledgling leaving the nest…enjoy the sapce!!

  7. Debbie B

    Great jacket, so cheerful and goes with so much, love the contrast lining fabric too. That was brave to test it cycling, glad it stood up to it! Could one suppose that a weekend in Cornwall might include a visit to Truro Fabrics? Enjoy your break whatever it includes…

  8. Bella

    It’s lovely & not too bright at all. It fits really well & looks quite attractive on you. I’m totally in awe because it looks fairly difficult (lining!). Enjoy Cornwall…

  9. Christine

    Well done you! I am very impressed that it not only looks absolutely fab, but obviously is useful and can survive real life and mud splashes. Your lining is almost the best thing about it! I hope you enjoy it, enjoy Cornwall, and are adjusting to your son’s being away – for now. I’m sure he will be back before you know it!

  10. Amy

    Ah, hope you’re feeling ok Winnie. The jacket looks fab… and is it just me, or does that mud-splatter look super cool in that photo?! (Just from a design sense – not suggesting you keep wearing it like that…)

  11. Sølvi

    Love it! Great job done. And that lining is a fabulous color choice! I´ll have to make a note of that lining attaching link form Threads. Looks interesting, thanks! Hope your weekend was smashing! 🙂

  12. scruffybadgertime Post author

    Awww, thank you everyone for your kind comments & well wishes. I have worn this alot, forcing myself even though it feels bright. It’s a good test of my nerve! (But it hasn’t been worn to work yet …)

  13. Jane

    It looks lovely and very wearable and has totally inspired me to start working on mine. I LOVE the red stripes, they can complement so many other colours. Now I hope the Miss Ellie trousers you refer to are a homage to Miss Ellie Ewing! x

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