Cotton Twill Surplus 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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.