The Jacket From Stefan's
I don't have a good name for this jacket yet, so for right now, we'll call it The Jacket From Stefan's, which is where I bought it in Atlanta, GA. It is made from black wool with a twill weave and is lined in a black silk crepe.
The label inside says, "Mayme McCampbell Knoxville".
The jacket has found bound buttonholes:
The peplum area is unique because of what I'm going to call fins created by the cut of the panels that make up the body of the jacket. There are four on each side.
They are tacked together at the hem, and with the lining itself being smooth, with no fins, as you can see from the photo below.
The sleeves are beautifully cut and shaped to fit the natural curve of the arm - something you don't often see these days.
The collar is beautifully shaped and rolled. The undercollar was cut in two pieces, on the bias at center and a bit smaller than the upper collar because of the way the upper collar has rolled under properly in the photo below.
The hem is loose at the fronts, which I will repair, but it was nice because I could get to see some of the interior of the jacket. You can see the hair canvas below that was used in the fronts and collar for shaping and support.
The jacket has some built up shoulder pads, not unusual for a 1940's or 1950's jacket. They actually help to further the vision of a very tiny waist. You can see that there is a layer of thicker grey wool and other layers of something under muslin stitched to it.
This jacket really is beautiful, not only from an aesthetic point of view, but also from a construction point of view. Not to mention that it fits me almost as if it were made for me. I need to make some more jackets with this sort of overall shaping for myself - I haven't worn a jacket like this a while, and was surprised at the figure reflected back at myself in the mirror at Stefan's. Maybe one in red for the winter to go with that pretty red fabric I picked up at Kashi's last time I was in NYC.
Parting Shot: Meet Wellington. This is Wellington, our newest cat. We adopted him today from our local shelter - all of our pets are rescued animals. He a really lovely orange cat, a couple of years old and pretty mellow. We'll see how he does with the girls in the next few days!