And in the March 1940 McCall Style News it says:
The Fabric: This jacket is made with 100% lightweight teal wool that I bought at Paron Fabrics in NYC when I went to a fabulous sewing blogger meet-up. In real life it's a very bright teal, like the photos at the bottom. The fabric is so beautiful and a dream to sew with. The lining fabric is a dark grey and was found at a charity shop in Dunfermline, Scotland.
The coat went together very easily. The only alteration I made was that I took about 1 inch off the total length. I sewed up version 'c', or the swing coat variation. This version has that 'boxy' swing coat look which is really fun to wear. The pattern came with instructions printed on the pattern pieces for sewing up and attaching the lining. The pattern instructs to sew up and attach the sleeve lining separately from the bodice lining and to then hand sew the lining sections together at the top of the arm where the two lining fabrics meet. It was a bit difficult to get a nice sewn line doing it this way.
My favourite detail? I just love the darted sleeve caps and the dart at the shoulder.
Overall, I would rate this pattern as easy without the lining and intermediate with the lining. It took about 6 hours to sew up.
Illustration from the March 1940 McCall Style News booklet
If I was to sew this up again, I would...
- Try the belted-back version! While I really love the swing coat, the 'soft folds' in the back are more minimal than the pattern cover illustration.
- Add the "cash-and-carry" pockets. I'm not sure if I should add those on the current version or if I like the sleek look better. Lucky for me, "cash-and-carry" pockets were a popular style in 1940! So I have quite a few patterns that have these large pockets (which one of my McCall magazines says are just for show, you shouldn't carry anything in them!)
- Add buttons. I might go back and do that on this version. I was very indecisive about what colour of buttons I should add, so I never did! What do you think?
- Improve my hand-sewn lining attachment technique, particularly in attaching the sleeve lining to the bodice. I'm sure lots of basting probably helps!
I give this jacket 3 out of 5 stars for 1940 fabulousness. I think the belted-back version would bump it up to 4 out of 5 stars in my book.
Illustration from the 1940 McCall Summer Fashion Book
McCall 3619, you are "officially" the first completed project to be added to the 1940 McCall Project list! Huzzah!