DIY: 1950s style jacket, part 1




Grain line, centre fold, bias fold, notch, pivot, dart, ease line, blah blah blah these are the typical pattern cutting (dress making) jargon that has stuck with me since uni days.  Have I told you that I can create a garment from 2D to 3D? Yup I’m a trained pattern cutter and machinist since I left LCF, if I had accepted the internship offer at Hussein Chalayan I would/could have been a designer or garment technologist at Dior, but I chose a different path, styling.

I wanted to make my own summer garments for a while after watching a series of 1950s movie classics at home, inspired by the cinched in waist costumes in the likes of Audrey Hepburn in Roman Holiday, Grace Kelly in Rear Window, Doris Day in The Man Who Knew Too Much, and many others.  My fixation on ‘omg THAT waist!’, seems implausible to achieve for my awkward body shape (a small waist and wider hips).




Time wise, I can’t be asked to create pattern blocks from scratch but but but, thank goodness for Ebay there are wide selection of vintage patterns at a lower price, I bought this fabulous 1950s Butterick non-fitted coat pattern, and the Dolce & Gabbana SS12 inspired orange floral fabric from Borovick in Soho.  This is just a sneak preview of the jacket, hem cut shorter, not sure whether to cut the sleeves shorter or not, and I have ran out of fabric for the front collar facing (oops) and in desperate need of lining fabric for the inside jacket, so I can complete the jacket by the weekend.

Stay tuned for part 2.


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  2. Kit this is amazing! I had no idea you were such a gifted pattern cutter/seamstress! Ah, Dior…

  3. This is literally amazing. Haven’t seen any person do this on their website before, step by step. Great representation and floral is right on trend! Especially love your hand craftsmanship in making this one off design. Fits perfect on the retail shelves!

  4. Looks amazing so far. I’m in awe of your skills, but I’m starting a pattern cutting evening class next week. Hopefully I’ll be a competent amateur by the end of it.

  5. The fabric is gorgeous, I can really the fabric in 1950s style dress similar to Dolce and Gabbana SS12…amazing find.

  6. Wait you turned down the offer to intern at Hussein Chalayan’s? How could you? But then you wouldn’t be existed in the blogging world. I’m looking forward to see the finishing piece.

  7. @Mel You are a genius!

    @Lola Thanks, my mum used to be a seamstress and taught me how to use the machine when I was like 8, seriously I was like a pro at high school. Sewing machine is an investment for all diy lovers, I mean I can’t live without it….also have an industrial machine sitting at home gathering dust.

    @the style crusader There were blue and pink floral fabrics too, I’ll bring you down to the shops when you’re down.

    @Shini Your comment cracked me up, you would be the most annoying person if you sat next me with the popcorn crunching noise….defo not therapeutic.

  8. Hahahaha all those words sound like fun! Reminds me of A level Textiles, only much more hardcore.

    I was also thinking that print is super Dolce&Gabbana SS12 – what a good find :)

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