October 25, 2011Mid-Century Menswear – Simplicity 5047
Today we’re taking a trip to the latter part of the mid-century period – 1972 to be exact. The 70’s are back this fall season, and vests are everywhere in menswear. My hubby was eying the vests that are out now, but I thought I could do better, and would do up a vintage reproduction vest – with Simplicity 5047.
I selected a heathered brown suiting, and a black lining fabric (fabrics available from Sew What? Fabrics)
Now, I’ve done a fair amount of menswear, and a fair amount of vintage, but not a lot of vintage menswear – so this was a bit of a learning experience for me. I would say the most important things I learned from doing up this pattern would be that A) just as women’s wear has been vanity sized over the years, so has menswear. A 1972 size 42 is not the same as today’s 42. And B) just as the waistlines on women’s wear was higher back then, so was the waistline on menswear. Not as much of a difference, but something you still may want to correct for if you’re sewing up a vintage men’s pattern.
I will definitely give Simplicity credit for their unit system of sewing, which is something that their patterns and books featured for decades. Some vintage patterns can be a bit lacking, instruction-wise, but Simplicity’s are really clear and helpful.
So, my initial sewing of the vest produced something that didn’t fit. However, I spent too much time on the welted pockets to abandon the vest! So, I made some alterations, and came up with a finished vest that I was pleased with.
Fortunately, my hubby is pleased with this finished vest as well:
My final verdict on the pattern – a good basic vest pattern, that really never goes out of style. I’m pleased with the finished vest, and with a few tweaks, I’ll be making a few more of these.
Have any of you readers out there taken any cracks at vintage menswear sewing?