Cotton Twill Surplus Jacket

Cotton Twill Jacket

This OOP Vogue 1762 – Yves Saint Laurent (that’s a designer label that makes me sit up and pay attention) from 1996.  It’s from the YSL 1995 Fall RTW Collection.  Why did Vogue Patterns stop providing offerings from YSL?!  Those collections are always amazing!

Cotton Twill Jacket
YSL Fall 1995 Collection

I don’t know if this pattern is quite old enough to be considered “vintage”, even if it is almost 20 years old.  But just as I said when I made my pattern, it’s about as much vintage as I can take without feeling all “costumey” or like I’m attending a theme party. Peter wrote a great blog post on this very subject.

Cotton Twill Jacket

From Mood Fabrics: an olive cotton twill, and brown horn buttons. The fabric is great. And surprisingly it had minimal wrinkling and very little shrinkage after pre-washing. The color is listed as “olive green”. But it’s the perfect shade of “army green” if you’re considering a military-style jacket. And it has the perfect amount of stretch for something like cargo pants.

Cotton Twill Jacket

In my last post, I mentioned that I’d misplaced a sheet of instructions.  Well, it was for this pattern.  So I completely winged it.  Right or wrong, this is how it turned out.  Pretty darn good if I do say so myself.  It looks pretty close to the runway version.

Cotton Twill Jacket

Being that this is an A-line/dropped shoulder fitting jacket, I sewed it straight out of the envelope.  No alterations/modifications needed. I did however omit the carriers.  I wanted the option of using different belts or no belt at all.

Cotton Twill Jacket

And even though the from the picture, I don’t believe the pattern suggested… but I decided to edge stitch and top stitch.  It gave the jacket a more casual feel and the surplus style that I wanted.  And I really, really adore the French cuffs.

Cotton Twill Jacket

Wearing: faux leather leggings, Enzo Angiolini boots, Nine West clutch, BCBG necklace.

My tip for not looking dated in these types of patterns (even though I think this jacket is pretty chic and timeless) is by mixing it with current styles and trends.  This way it will look modern and fresh.

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Comments


  • Renee
    February 4, 2013

    This military look is totally up my alley. Great work!

  • Erica B
    February 4, 2013

    Thanks Renee!

  • Lori
    February 4, 2013

    Gorgeous jacket, Erica.

    • Erica B
      February 4, 2013

      Thanks Lori!

  • Ginger
    February 5, 2013

    This is too fabulous! I love it!

    • Erica B
      February 5, 2013

      Thanks Ginger!

  • Amanda S.
    February 5, 2013

    Ooh, those french cuffs are so fun! Enjoy your “vintage” jacket!

    • Erica B
      February 6, 2013

      Thanks Amanda!

  • Carolyn
    February 6, 2013

    This is a fantastic jacket! I love everything about it especially how you’ve made vintage modern by wearing it with the leather leggings!

    • Erica B
      February 6, 2013

      Thanks Carolyn!

  • Jan
    February 7, 2013

    A “slow sewing week” for you, is amazing to me! Gorgeous coat! I’m still drewling over your pea coat! You have sewed three coats in the past several months!!!! Amazing!. I’m repeating myself.
    I broke a shoulder, so my sewing and everything else is really slow! I am sewing tho. I am discussing Easter dresses with my daughter for my three granddaughter angels.
    Hey, I can respond over here!
    How is Isabella? Is she walking yet? Such a beautiful baby.
    jan

    • Erica B
      February 10, 2013

      Jan, not only is she walking, she’s running now! Thanks!

  • Amy
    February 9, 2013

    Your work is always so impressive. That jacket is a classic. One of these days I’ll get myself a stash of designer patterns like this one…

    • Erica B
      February 10, 2013

      Thanks Amy!