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Aug 1, 2019

Stars and Stripes Jacket with Gripper Snap Closures


Readers, you may recall that two years ago I made a pair of groovy red, white, and blue pants from some vintage stars and stripes cotton canvas I'd found at the flea market.  (More about those here.)


This month I decided it was time to make the matching jacket.  I used a vintage Seventies Kwik Sew Western Jacket pattern from my stash.  I'd used it once before for a cotton velveteen jacket I made around 2010.



The jacket came together easily; I made a few changes to pattern, mainly narrowing the front facings and eliminating the neck facing; you never see a neck facing on a real jean jacket.

I opted for gripper snap closures this time around.  I used a Lord & Hodge kit.  It's #1100 and comes with all the pieces you need (I also got some refills--#1100A--since I had to install a lot of these).


The kit comes with one setting tool and one flaring tool.  You'll need to supply your own hammer.  The snaps are not hard to install but you must measure carefully because once they're attached you can't remove them (well, not without ruining your garment).  You'll also need something to pierce the fabric with. I used a sharp screw and a small pair of scissors.







Here's the finished garment!






Now before closing, perhaps you're wondering what the jacket looks like with the matching pants.  Are you sitting down?

A lotta look!

I don't think I'll be wearing the full ensemble too often.  On July 4th maybe.

Have a great day, everybody!

24 comments:

  1. Yes, the full ensemble would require something performative be done. But on their own, they each make an outfit. Do you know if that snap maker does grommets/eyelets, too. I just installed some Dritz ones and they are so meh.

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    1. Yes. There are a few places that will do it for you quite reasonably. Star Snaps comes to mind....

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  2. Wow. That's some outfit. Expertly made as always.
    Hey. I've got that same vacuum cleaner. Bought on 14th Street >30 years ago. Still works like a top.
    Enjoy your weekend!

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    1. I love those old Eureka machines so much I bought a used one on Ebay. They don't make 'em like they used to!

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  3. The full ensemble is an absolute WOW! Love it.

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  4. Luv the groovy jacket. The occasion would have to be quite special for the ensemble!

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  5. That is hilarious. I love the kitch aspect of the ensemble! That being said, I do like the way that you used the "old school" patern for the jacket. It nicely counteracts the outrageousness of the fabrics pattern!
    Nice Work indeed

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  6. if you are going to wear the full outfit, please make sure the socks work well!

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  7. Memorial Day. Flag Day. Veterans Day.

    There are more occasions to let your flag fly than merely on Independence Day.

    Well done, you!

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  8. 1976 time warp!!!

    Now, how could Cathy fill and work that very patriotic outfit??? I'm guessing with white drum majorette boots, spiky lashes, and a red, white, and blue beehive with a fall (tell me I'm wrong).

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    1. I'm seeing Raquel Welch in "Myra Breckenridge"....

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  9. You should wear that outfit whenever you dam well please. That jacket is so beautifully designed: Best Use of Thrifted Fabric.

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  10. That's... a lot of look. It screams slightly past his prime stuntman to me. Maybe pair it with a full face helmet?

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  11. Fun. Now the full ensemble needs a matching hat.

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  12. The full ensemble...
    Oh Behave!
    ;-)

    AB FAB Peter!

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  13. You're such an elegant person that I don't think the full ensemble is your style. But that jacket, oh that jacket! It's fantastic!

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  14. On second look, the whole ensemble is quite fab. Scratch the motorcycle comment unless you are looking for an excuse for one. Do you still vote in person or is it by mail now? (we have mail and i miss going to the polling station with cookies and coffee and an extra chair). I'd wear it for that. Show em how to do it up proper!

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  15. Hi Peter, I just started watching your BluPrint campshirt class. You are definitely great in front of the camera!
    I love the jacket on you. You can see the potential in a fabric and create something beyond wonderful!

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  16. This is so fabulous. I actually like the matching set. The snaps look like an interesting alternative to DRITZ. Happy sewing!

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  17. Fantastic jacket Peter! Job well done. The whole outfit looks like something Evil Knievel, (stunt driver), would wear! ,Probably a bit matchy matchy for your tastes! Those trousers look shorter than in the previous photo, have you got taller? Lol

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  18. Makes me a bit dizzy to look at, but you can't get any more patriotic than that. Love your work.

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