Out of Print Vintage Vogue 2884

20 Oct

I was six years old in 1954 – a long time ago.  I never thought I would want to go back to that era’s style, but when I saw this jacket, I just had to sew it.  Of course it was out of print, so there goes $25.00.  I’m glad I purchased it, though, because it made a wonderful jacket that I’m sure I’ll wear a lot.  Here is my version:

Buttoned Up




This is my first “advanced” pattern, and I’m very pleased with the way it turned out.

I had two big challenges.  One was learning how to make bound buttonholes.  I must have ripped the buttonholes out at least five times each before I got the hang of it.  Lesson learned:  make a few practice buttonholes before you attempt to forge right into your final piece.  What was I thinking?  It turned out well, anyway, and I now know how to make a bound buttonhole.

The second big challenge was straightening out a rather crooked and ripply hemline after I topstitched it.  I owe a rather large piece of chocolate to my wonderful sewing instructor, Marla Kazell, for getting me through this part (and all parts, really).  The main thing that Marla has taught me is how to “feel” the fabric until you determine where it doesn’t feel right so that you can adjust.  Marla is known by her students for having “magic fingers”.  I’m hoping some of her magic will rub off on me.

The fabric is a gorgeous piece of navy camelhair that I purchased on sale for $9.99/yard from FabricMart.  I lined it with a rather abstract print silk charmeuse.

I’m pretty sure I’ll make this jacket again someday.  It really is a timeless piece, and it went together very well.


10 Responses to “Out of Print Vintage Vogue 2884”

  1. Cassandra December 23, 2011 at 8:09 PM #

    How did you make the bound buttonholes on both the front and front facing? Both sides are beautiful, but I didn’t know you could do bound buttonholes on the facing side of bound buttonholes. Did the pattern instructions show how to do this?

    • Janis December 23, 2011 at 8:27 PM #

      Hi Cassandra,
      The pattern instructions may have shown how to do it, but I took my instructions from my sewing instructor because I was in a sewing camp at the time. It’s far too complicated for me to explain here, but you do have to do the front and back buttonholes separately. The facing side is much easier to do than the front. I’m not sure I could do it again without instructions, but at least now I’ve had the experience, so it should be easier.

  2. Maria November 13, 2011 at 3:24 AM #

    I’m a big fan of jackets with beautiful lining. Your jacket rates up there with the best Janis.

  3. Nati October 31, 2011 at 3:48 AM #

    Definitely gorgeous, love the lining. Enjoy it!!!

  4. Audrey October 21, 2011 at 4:06 PM #

    Your jacket is beautiful, and I agree the style is ageless. Great job. I think I have this pattern in my stash

  5. Shams October 20, 2011 at 10:27 PM #

    The work was totally worth it. This is a gorgeous, classic jacket. I just love the seaming detail and the perfect workmanship. I’m sure it will keep you warm for many years!

  6. kuby2u October 20, 2011 at 6:37 PM #

    The jacket is truly gorgeous! I’ve had this in my cart but hadn’t wanted to spring for the $25 buckeroo’s. Your fabric choice was perfect. Great job

  7. Beth H October 20, 2011 at 3:36 PM #

    That is gorgeous! Good job.

  8. Laura Andrews Hojnacke October 20, 2011 at 2:33 PM #

    It is a beautiful coat!

    • Martha October 20, 2011 at 2:55 PM #

      That is a gorgeous jacket. Would love to see it on you. It looks like a jacket that will be both comfortable and chic. Great job.

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