1940s | Blouses | Jackets | Vintage Sewing

1940s Wearable Wardrobe Expansion…

July 7, 2013

Continuing on in my attempt at a 1940’s wearable wardrobe – the ubiquitous 1940’s Lumber Jacket!
















Really very happy with how this turned out (and really happy its stopped raining long enough so I can take photos)!

I used Simplicity 1535 (view 1) and black gaberdine.

The sleeves are full and glamorous, and the nipped waist is really flattering. Did I mention the pattern was easy to sew as well?

My favourite element would be the pointed cuffs, so very cute.


It was also sunny enough to take photos of Simplicity 1692 – View A.

While the jacket was made pretty much to-pattern, this one was modified to death. A full list is on my blog, but the main pattern change was to make the blouse back-buttoning like a traditional 1940’s blouse pattern.

I didn’t realise the pattern was a pull-over at first, and I don’t think the amount of ease called for was very flattering for an already plus-sized girl! I would definitely make this pattern again though, it’s great novelty print stash buster and the gathered neckline is really sweet.

  1. Your jacket is lovely! I’m sure you will get a lot of wear out of it!

    I have made the blouse from the original vintage pattern in the bow ric-rac view. It was supposed to have a neck and waist closure after slipping on, but I enlarged the neck slightly and was able to omit the neck closure. I actually found it very flattering, as the tucks and waist side zip bring it back in so the blousy bit up top accentuates the waist. I do love your back button pattern alteration, and the cherry fabric is super cute!

  2. Awesome job! It’s so great to see this because I literally just put that 1535 pattern in my wish list this past week! I have a vintage 1940s bomber jacket that I wear ALL the time so I’d love to make one in black like the one you have. Can’t wait to get crackin’ at it! Your blouse looks so great too.

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