Once upon a time my dad had a corduroy jacket. He bought it when he was stationed in Germany in 1967. It was a dark navy blue, with a mandarin collar, and while not too fitted, it was slim fitting. It had front pockets at hips level and it was lined. At one time, my mom appropriated it from him. Then I wore it all the time in high school and then my sister wore it too. It was worn to shreds.
I loved that jacket. I would like to recreate it. The last year and a half, I have looked off and on for a pattern that fit the style details of this jacket but have been fruitless in my searches. First I looked at images on Google images to find something that looked similar. Never found it. Then I looked at men’s patterns in all the usual places, the big pattern companies, Simplicity, and New Look. Couldn’t find anything that worked. I even called upon the esteemed Peter. I thought, “Surely he must have a pattern that fits the bill in his stash.” Actually, it is Peter’s most recent project, the cranberry corduroy suit, that reminded me of my dad’s jacket. Although Peter had some good ideas how to work around a regular blazer pattern, he did not have a pattern with that mandarin collar I so craved.
And then I remembered Kwik Sew. The Kwik Sew of the famed Xmas pj’s I made last year. So I took a gander at both their men’s and women’s jackets. And lo and behold, there it was. THE. PATTERN.
Enter Kwik Sew 3438 my friends. It’s not fitted, yet is still slim fitting. It’s simple, has the mandarin collar. My father’s jacket didn’t have rounded jacket corners, but that’s an easy fix. The pockets had flaps and I think were on the interior, not patch, but again, a simple enough change. Obviously, I won’t be binding the edges, but I think this may be it!!!
It really closely resembles the jacket in my memory. Right, Mom???
Question of the day: Do any of you have clothing from your past that you miss and want to recreate some day? This is one of those projects for me. Tell me about yours!