60′s-Inspired Vintage Jacket in Wool Bouclé

I found this awesome wool boucle on the third floor of Mood Fabric’s NYC store.  I know people have favorite sections of the store, but me, I love the third floor because it’s magical!  You never know what you’ll find there and every time I climb the stairs, I find the most amazing delights.

To be honest, I’ve had this piece for a minute.  When Todd pulled it off the rack for me, I squealed with joy because not only is it a beautiful creamy medium-weight bouclé but it’s also backed with interfacing. Peoples, to me this is like finding a pot of gold at the end of a rainbow.  It’s like the Holy Grail of fabrics—one to be wished and hoped for…to be ever in search of…because a pre-fused piece of fabric is so wonderful to work with that I’m like a druggie looking for a fix. I’m constantly in search of it!  *LOL*

Now I know you think I’m being extreme, but I’m not…’cause this is what I purchased…

Vintage-style jacket made with white bouclé from Mood Fabrics NYC

…and this is what I made!

Vintage-style jacket made with white bouclé from Mood Fabrics NYC
Sewing a jacket with a pre-fused backed fabric takes away every concern about how to handle stabilizing the fabric. You can just get on with the fitting and sewing.  Now I know that Mood’s online store has some amazing wool boucles, however, I don’t know if any of them have the fusible backing but working with wool bouclé is so awesome that I would encourage you to purchase some. Editor’s note: Just as an FYI, fabrics are fused with interfacing or other fabrics as specified by the designer. The designer buys a fabric from a mill, bouclé for example, and then takes it to a vendor to have it professionally fused to a material of their choice. Mood buys it from the designer as is and then sells it to you, online and in our two stores. If online, the product copy will specify that it is a fused fabric, like this Carolina Herrera wool panel.

So do you want to know more about this jacket?  It’s a combination of two patterns: one out-of-print Vogue 2285 circa 1999 and a vintage Simplicity 5144 pattern that I graded up to get this look.

The part I love the most about this jacket is the faux welt pockets.

Vintage-style jacket made with white bouclé from Mood Fabrics NYC
Aren’t they kewl?  Of course, the instruction sheet for the vintage Simplicity Pattern explains exactly how to accomplish this so that even a newbie could handle making these. The only thing that I’m a little bummed about is that there are no closures on this jacket, which is fine during my work day but poses a bit of a challenge when wearing to work under my trenchcoat.  I will probably use a pin at the neckline while commuting…to hold everything together!

Vintage-style jacket made with white bouclé from Mood Fabrics NYC

I’ve made this jacket once before.  All of the construction details for this jacket are contained in that post and this new one. However, the best thing about this jacket is that not only is it on trend – vanilla is hot, hot, hot for fall/winter – but it goes with so many garments already living in my wardrobe.

Vintage-style jacket made with white bouclé from Mood Fabrics NYC

I loved sewing the special details that you seem to only see in vintage patterns and am thrilled with my new vintage-inspired wool bouclé jacket!  Finally, I need to apologize for the pictures in this post.  We’re learning a new camera and after 50 pictures both inside and outside and finally me falling over in the dirt (it wasn’t pretty people) I was done! If you’re wondering why I only have dark outside ones, egads the inside ones were 10x worse! Yeah, not a great time to learn a new camera right?! *LOL*

Okay I’m gonna leave you with one more poor picture and a promise that next month they will be sooooo much better…oh and even though the photography leaves much to be desired, the jacket really is pretty cool.

Vintage-style jacket made with white bouclé from Mood Fabrics NYC.
…until next time!

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Comments


  • Ginger
    October 31, 2013

    I love this! The special details really liven up this classic jacket! It’s really, really cute.

    • Carolyn
      November 8, 2013

      thanks S., I’m glad you were able to see the jacket through those awful pictures!!

  • Grace
    October 31, 2013

    This is fantastic! I love the fabric choice and teh pocket details. I’m super impressed by your grading skills!

    • Carolyn
      November 8, 2013

      Thanks Grace – but I cheat! *LOL* I use a TNT pattern that already works and then make the pattern pieces fit it. It’s kinda easy after that!

  • Manju
    October 31, 2013

    Argh another beautiful classic jacket to make me feel envious! Love the colour and the pocket details.

    • Carolyn
      November 8, 2013

      But you can make one too! You sew such beautiful things that I’m sure you could handle making your own version…just try to get some of the interfaced back fabric because that’s what really makes it work!

  • Amanda S.
    October 31, 2013

    Ooh, lovely jacket on you! It’s so versatile and on trend. I like the color name “vanilla” – sounds so much better then off-white.

    • Carolyn
      November 8, 2013

      Thanks Amanda – yes vanilla sounds better than even winter white dontcha think?

  • Amy
    October 31, 2013

    Gorgeous! And, I feel your pain about learning a new camera. I know you stepped up with the one you got, and it can be a lot to learn all the new buttons and tricks. You’ll love it once you figure it out though. Anyway, I’m impressed you knocked such a fantastic garment out so quickly. I guess it helps to have such an awesome fabric to work with! And, it looks great! I’ve been thinking about a “vanilla”-colored jacket, so I’m glad to hear they are super on-trend right now!

    • Carolyn
      November 8, 2013

      Amy ~ I hope I get the hang of this camera some time soon! *LOL* I’m still getting questionable pics and thanks for appreciating the jacket!

  • Patricia Gardner
    October 31, 2013

    Don’t apologize for the camera. Your smile is 1000 watts. I love your blog.

    • Carolyn
      November 8, 2013

      Thanks Patricia!

  • KathyS
    November 1, 2013

    Your beautiful smile lights up any photo, good or bad. Oh, and the jacket is beautiful too.

    • Carolyn
      November 8, 2013

      Thanks Kathy!

  • Lori
    November 1, 2013

    Such a pretty jacket and you did a beautiful job on the construction.

    • Carolyn
      November 8, 2013

      Thanks Lori – it was an easy sew especially since I’d already worked out the construction details/challenges.

  • DebB
    November 1, 2013

    Beautiful jacket – beautiful lady! I love your enthusiasm over that fabric! Your jacket is simply lovely. It is such a classic look and your flower pin adds that perfect touch. I have a couple similar pins of my mother’s from the 60′s and your post has inspired me to make something similar so I can wear them too.

    • Carolyn
      November 8, 2013

      Thanks DebB! You should definitely pull some of those pins out and use them!

  • gMarie
    November 2, 2013

    Wow! This is stunning and vanilla truly is perfect in every way – color, flavor, scent and amazing jacket!! Once again, you inspire and encourage me to step out of my comfort zone and try something new. fused fabric, huh. g

    • Carolyn
      November 8, 2013

      Yeah Gay – fused fabric! I love the stuff and if you can get your hands on some to sew with, you will love it too!

  • anne jewell
    November 5, 2013

    the vanilla color is delicious. the details of your jacket make it not only lovely but also unique. all in all, a memorable garment!
    –anne

    • Carolyn
      November 8, 2013

      Thanks Ann!

  • Sandra (Sewist-Stitch)
    November 6, 2013

    What a great jacket. I love what you have done with the pocket peek-a-boo look.

  • Carolyn
    November 8, 2013

    Thanks Sandra – the pockets are what drew me to the original vintage pattern and what keeps me making the jacket again and again.