Yesterday I’ve sewn this 1920s inspired black velvet jacket with fake fur.
I’ve used heavy black cotton velvet, cream taffeta, and off-white faux fur. The 20s jacket is closed with one large black button and velvet button loop.
My inspiration were 1920s velvet jackets like this pretty Milgrim jacket, this fashion plate, and this photograph.
‘Competing for popular favor with the extremely long coat so much in evidence this season, we find an entirely new fashion. The brilliant little jacquette style, but recently launched by Paris, has already gained the approval of smartly dressed women.’ – description of a 1923 black plush jacket with fake chinchilla fur! I was surprised to read that fake fur was already produced since the 1910s.
My jacket is lined with cream taffeta.
Here’s a 1920s black velvet short coat with an off-white satin lining, and a black velvet jacket with cream plush fabric.
I just had 40 x 230 cm of the velvet fabric and about 40 x 45 cm of the fake fur, so I had to piece together the fabrics so that there’d be enough for a whole jacket. The jacket actually consists of 35 pieces!
At the sides, above the fur and taffeta fabric, I’ve added a pleated panel which I’d originally made for another coat some years ago, but hadn’t needed then. I’ve cut the panel through the middle and added one part on each side.
I even had to piece together the fake fur collar. On the right side is the pieced together part.
I had to use many of the cut off scraps which I’ve zigzagged to a taffeta backing. At the bottom on the right is the pieced together part.
I hate sewing with velvet and fake fur as it’s so messy! This is how the room looked after sewing the jacket – the room was clean before. 🙁 At least, the jacket turned out nice, and there was even just enough fabric. 😉
Here I’m wearing the velvet jacket.