A Blast from the Past – Simplicity 4032

I am planning to make a sleeveless jacket using some faux-fur lined/Pink knit fabric purchased from The Textile Centre.


A great deal of thought has gone into deciding which pattern to use. After referring to my sister ‘What do you think?’ she suggested something with Princess seaming. I knew that I wanted to have a collar to exhibit the faux fur and having browsed through my sewing record book came across a reference to this pattern – Simplicity 4032.

I originally made the pattern – view D way back on 18th February 2011. How’s that for fabulous record keeping!

So whilst I prepare for the new sleeveless jacket, I thought you might like to see the previous iteration of the pattern.

I used a beautiful Brocade fabric purchased at one of the Sewing for Pleasure shows at the NEC. The fabric may be lovely but was rather tiresome to sew in that it frayed a great deal and also left a dark Grey staining on my sewing machine (although that came off quickly with a baby wipe).

All the internal seams were neatened with the overlocker and I drafted my own self-fabric facing for the collar, revere, front button facings and also a facing for the hem frill.

I particularly like the shawl collar which sits really well on the front of the jacket. I was fortunate to find some great antiqued silver buttons in my stash. There were 4 available and I have stitched 3 for the front fastening and the spare inside the left front.

I have received many compliments on this jacket which co-ordinates well with skirts, trousers and dresses. I am pleased to say that it still fits!