49er for 2012

by A.J.A. on January 3, 2012 · 13 comments

in Vintage Sewing

Happy New Year!  I just finished up what is probably my favorite garment that I have made so far, a 49er style jacket, and I thought I’d share!

I have a vintage 49er, but it’s old, and sad, and moth eaten. So, I made a new one using this pattern.

Here is what I sewed up….


Thrifted wool blend- $2.00 for 1 1/2 yards 60″ wide

Thread from stash

Vintage mother of pearl buttons from Flea Market- $2.50?

Fusible interfacing- Barf!

This pattern was absolutely perfect- when I first received it, I compared the pieces to my real 49er, and I can say that I wouldn’t be surprised to learn that someone at McCall’s had simply taken a 49er apart and used that as the pattern for this jacket. It is a near exact copy (there is a slight size difference in the pockets).

This was quite a project for me, as I have never sewed with plaid before, and I am just experienced enough to know that I need to try to match the plaid without really knowing how. So, I spent all of my free time for two or three days just prepping and cutting the fabric to the best of my ability. Overall, it came out pretty durn well, and I am really happy with how the side seams and sleeve seams match up.

I am also pretty pleased with the bodice front symmetry, and pocket and cuff symmetry that I somehow managed on this first go with plaid. Now that I’ve patted myself on the back a few times, the only place I wish I could have matched better is the front facings, as I forgot they would always be rolled out at the top. Well, I had only a yard and a half of this fabric in a 60″ width, so I had to make due. I really love this jacket, so I’m not going to (figuratively, yuk yuk) pick it apart, and I say that about the facings only as a reminder to help in the making of other 49er knock offs.

In a nutshell, my advice on working with plaids (now that I’ve done it a whole one time, y’all) is to take your time and cut them carefully, and if you have a limited amount of fabric, as I did, you will want to focus on matching the pieces in order of importance- the front bodice pieces first, next the back on the fold, then sleeves, pockets, etc.

From there, I followed the instructions closely (for the first time in a long time!) and hand basted EVERYTHING! I am learning that what seems like a lot of work actually saves time in the long run and obviously can lead to a more polished finished garment.


I’m glad to have a new, warm jacket- the weight on this is perfect for layering, and I’ll probably have it on under my heavy wool coat tomorrow-  it’s snowing right now!

More riveting ramblings on construction are at my blog, Farmhouse Garden.

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{ 13 comments… read them below or add one }

Pamela January 3, 2012 at 7:21 am

Nicely done and looks very authentic, as if you found it vintage! The old barn is an amazing backdrop and makes me very nostalgic for my Mid-West childhood.


Marie January 3, 2012 at 8:39 am

Fabulous job! I have the very same pattern in my stash so can’t wait to try it out now.


BoPeep January 3, 2012 at 9:33 am

Very nice jacket. I made one myself a while back and love it! But then I have a thing for plaid!!


Lauren January 3, 2012 at 11:59 am

This is absolutely perfect! LOVE!


Katherine January 3, 2012 at 1:14 pm

Plaid matching triumph! This is beyond awesome :D


puu January 3, 2012 at 4:56 pm

looks comfortable, homey, and chic! that plaid matching is amazing!


tina vines January 3, 2012 at 5:35 pm

this turned out wonderfully! im totally inspired! i just found & purchased this pattern online and have plans to make myself one too! i also have a vintage 49er that i treasure, so im excited at the possibility of having another in a different color!


jill January 3, 2012 at 8:57 pm

Beautiful! I have this pattern and was considering buying some fabric from the Pendleton store website. Your version has inspired me to go ahead!


LBC January 4, 2012 at 4:52 pm

I have both this pattern and an actual 49′er. I’ve been meaning to sew it up since the jacket is desperately threadbare.

I’m a big fan of hand-basting. I mostly use it for trims–I’m a rick-rack fiend–but, oh, my goodness, how it does save time later! I’m planning to paint (I don’t embroider) myself a sampler:

“Haste makes waste:
Take time to baste!”


A.J.A. January 4, 2012 at 10:59 pm

Thanks, all! I appreciate the kind words, and I can’t wait to see what else is sewed up with this pattern!


Pimpinett January 5, 2012 at 4:27 am

This is wonderful, I love the utilitarian 40′s feel of it.


mariebayarea January 6, 2012 at 7:07 pm

The plaid! The pockets! Those sleeves! love love love


tina vines January 23, 2012 at 8:54 pm

i just finished making mine from the same pattern & i love it!

(is it possible to post photos in a comment?)


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