Are we talking about Vintage or real Vintage? From newly released sewing patterns to sewing patterns which are so old that they almost fall apart. That's what we mean! And it was a nice challenge to make the jacket of Simplicity 5312, released in 1963!
The sewing pattern Simplicity 5312 is a sewing pattern for a short unlined jacket and a dress without sleeves until below the knees. The jacket consists of only four parts and also has four pockets.
This is not indicated on the envelope, but a beginner can make this jacket without problems. There are no difficulties in this sewing pattern.
The fabrics recommended on this sewing pattern are: cotton and cotton blends, piqué, velvet, linen, silk, ottoman fabrics, synthetics, wool and wool blends, crepe, tweeds and double knits. It is a pity that it is not clearly indicated which fabric is suitable for the jacket and which for the dress. We strongly doubt fabrics such as wool, double knits and velvet. This jacket, with a summery look, will become much too heavy and bulky.
Our sewing project:
We have chosen to make this jacket from simple linen and the lining from a leftover cotton. So we did add a lining to the jacket to give it a nicer finish. As expected, we ran into some minor issues. Vintage sewing patterns do have specific elements that are not always appreciated in these modern times. That's what we like to call the pleat for the breasts. This one runs into a point. Nowadays we prefer softer lines because nobody walks around with a pointed bra anymore. Even though Madonna tried to make it 'trendy' in the eighties... sharp points in clothing to accentuate the breasts are really not nice.
You can read everything about other disadvantages of Vintage sewing patterns in this blog:
Apart from the drawbacks of Vintage sewing patterns (see above), we were very pleased with the result of the jacket made with the very old sewing pattern. A summer jacket, uncomplicated and easy to wear over a t-shirt or blouse. The model is great, but we do recommend making the breast folds less sharp.
Simplicity 5312, if you can buy this one, is a must-have, especially when you love: Véry Vintage!