Thursday, October 2, 2014

Another Tara - Vintage Vogue 1103 in burgundy

Previously, I've mentioned buying vintage patterns via TradeMe from Tara and her mother. Vogue 1103 was the very first. The instance I saw the jacket I fell in love and hit "Buy Now", knowing there was a piece of fabric in the stash that would be perfect for it.

Because I wasn't sure what to use for closures, it remained unmade for nearly six months. Eventually, I spying the large hook and bars in The Fabric Warehouse, which is also where the wool/cashmere fabric and rayon lining had come from sometime earlier.
Once cut, it took only an afternoon to sew together, even those eight slashed-pivot point seams (see image below) weren't as tricky as I thought they would be. So I felt it justified prick-stitching (or pick stitch) the facings by hand.

The finished jacket is every bit as good as I hoped it would be. I'm wearing it daily at the moment (explains the rumpled lining!). It's terrific for this time of year when the mornings and evenings are still chilly, but not so much you need a full winter's coat.
And while I was taking photos, this was happening at my feet...


  1. Beautiful. Gorgeous colour, style and fastenings. You have a great eye - i can hardly see the lines of this jacket in the photo and wouldn't have noticed it. Great jacket!

    1. Thank you, Lyndle. To be honest, my eyes aren't that great anymore, and while buying the pattern, I Googled "Vogue 1103" to find an image with clearer details.
      Forgot to mention it only uses 1 metre (bit over a yard) of fabric - pretty sure I'll be making it again out of left-over fabrics.