A Touch of the 80’s!

Last night I finally finished a jacket to go with my white rose dress. I needed something smart to go to a family funeral and managed to find everything except lining in my stash for the whole outfit – though that probably says more about the size of my stash than luck!

The pattern I used is Simplicity 7667, I think I picked it up from a fabric swop table at a sewing meet-up. Having made it up it does look a bit ’80’s, and having just found a date on it…1992 – not a bad guess!!

I wanted a simple shift dress and collarless, easy to wear jacket. This is my dress I made last week…

For the jacket I used some fine cashmere which I bought in a fabric shop in Armley, it’s beautiful, I originally bought it to make a winter dress, and if ever I see it again I’ll be tempted to buy some more as it is a beautiful fabric. It’s just about heavy enough to make a lightweight jacket for cooler summer days, of which we get quite a few here in Yorkshire!

The pattern is for an unlined jacket, I’m not keen on unlined jackets, so I made a second jacket in a habotai weight lining, basted the two together down the front edges and simply stitched the facing over both layers.It meant fudging it a bit where the facing met the hem, but it looks fine.

There’s just one central button, though I think it hangs better unbuttoned.

I do like the nice big pockets on the jacket! The pattern calls for shoulder pads and my first thought was to leave them off. I cut out a straight size 12 which is fine, but I didn’t realise from the picture how wide the shoulders were, so I ended up having to put some in. It does make it a bit boxy and 1980’s ish!

I’m pretty pleased with it, I’d prefer it not quite so 80’s, but it makes a nice simple jacket which I’ll hopefully be able to wear for other occasions. I felt it needed a brooch and I remembered one I bought was I was in my 20’s, it’s just the right colours. I think I need some tights on though, my legs look nearly as white as the roses!!!

About craftycreeky

I live in a busy market town in Yorkshire with my husband, kids, dogs and chickens. I love trying new crafts, rediscovering old ones, gardening, walking...anything creative really I started this blog after my New Year resolution worked so well. My resolution (the first one I've ever kept!) was to post a photograph of my garden on Facebook every day. My hope was that I would then see what was good in the garden and not just weeds and work, which was my tendency. The unexpected side-effect was that I have enjoyed many more hours in the garden. I am hoping that 'The Crafty Creek' will have the same effect. Happy creating!
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14 Responses to A Touch of the 80’s!

  1. E.C. says:

    You did a wonderful job. Your outfit is pretty and looks comfortable. I like your choice of fabric and colors, they compliment each other perfectly.

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  2. Very very nice outfit! Great job!

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  3. magpiesue says:

    That does look like a comfortable, useful jacket. I wonder if you were to shorten the length of the shoulders if you could eliminate the pads and have it look a little less 1980’s. Might be too late for that on this jacket but if you ever make another one…?

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  4. Lisa at Greenbow says:

    This pattern might be old but the styles are timeless. I think you look quite smart. Well done.

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  5. Nice dress and jacket. Looks very comfortable

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  6. mandycurrie says:

    Hello Margaret, your outfit looks great. The dress is beautiful and you will be able to use the jacket with other outfits, very practical. xx

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  7. katechiconi says:

    I’m with Sue on the shoulders. I reckon for future jackets you could definitely reduce the length of the shoulder seam. But it works as is, very well! Nice outfit, and the dress can be worn with colour when you’re not attending a funeral.

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  8. nanacathy2 says:

    I think you look very nice indeed and very suitable for a family funeral. I think one needs tights for a funeral anyway. I threatened to take mine off afterwards for the wake though. Somehow sadness made me feel cold.

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  9. dezertsuz says:

    I think the entire outfit looks perfectly wonderful on you, and maybe I’m not a fashionista, but it doesn’t scream 80s … or 90s, to me.

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