Swing Suit

Folkwear – sewing patterns for ethnic & historic clothing & costumes



The casual Jacket from the early 1950s featured a clever lapel that is stitched down to form a pocket. The full back is box-pleated into the shoulder yoke and creates a wonderful trapeze silhouette. The original Jacket is made of black wool with lapels and turned-back cuffs of wide horizontal stripes in black and cream. We've paired the jacket with a slim skirt that tapers to the hem, emphasizing the contrast between top and bottom.

Try it in a traditional wool or silk/wool suiting with self-fabric lapels and cuffs, or play up the fun of the 1950s with a print, brocade or matelasse for the contrasting areas. Fabric artists might enjoy quilting, embroidering or otherwise embellishing the lapels and cuffs.

Suggested fabrics: Medium-weight suiting fabrics with body such as wool, silk, knits, linen or blends. Make Jacket lapels and cuffs from contrasting fabric.

Multi-sized: Misses XS – XL


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