Vintage Sewing

Simplicity 7953 – Ruffled Jacket

April 4, 2009

I saw this pattern on Patterns from the Past and had to have it, which is strange since I haven’t worn anything with ruffles since I was about 7 years old. I originally intended on making this out of something fancy, like satin or a silky dress fabric with a sheer fabric ruffle. Then I went shopping for material to make pants and inadvertently purchased some gray polyester outerwear fabric for what was supposed to be a pair of pants. There was no way I could make pants out of a nonbreathable synthetic that was clearly designed for something like a windbreaker or a pop tent (I’m such newb at this sewing thing that I didn’t open the fabric up to see what the back side was like – the outer side felt and looked like polyester with a satiny finish…little did I know that the inside was more like rubber than anything else). I had only purchased 2 yards, which was not enough to make a real rain coat out of it. I figured the fabric was virtually useless so I used it for my first attempt at the Simplicity Ruffled Jacket. I lined it with dark gray brushed tricot that was leftover from another project and made the ruffle out of polyester crepe left over from a pair of hip hugger pants that I made out of Simplicity 6942. The jacket has lots of mistakes with the lining and the ruffle – I had never done a ruffle before and I ran out of room on the jacket, so the end result was a bit of a tail at the back. Here’s a pic and you can read more info on my blog:

  1. Wow- I think it looks amazingly contemporary in the fabric you’ve used! Very intellectual fashion-y, all the more so with the “tail”. I’m inspired to look upon my seventies patterns with new eyes…

  2. I think it looks great. Agree that it’s very contemporary. I swear that Isaac Mizrahi did something similar for Target in the last year or so.

  3. In your blog you mention how the jacket bunched up with the ruffle. The great thing though is that because it’s consistent throughout, it looks like it was designed to do so! Only you need know it was accidental, whilst everyone else will think you’ve got this really contemporary designed look going on!

  4. Thanks for the feedback. I wore it out to dinner last night and it is actually a warm-ish jacket. The combination of the outerwear fabric and tricot lining made it rather insulatory, which I was not expecting. I do want to try it again without the bunching up..need to practice my ruffles. Oh, and it looks much better paired with jeans.

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