Decades of Style Lily Jacket

A review of 1930s Lily Jacket


Reviewed by Flagrant on 19th October, 2019

After a toile (made size B, needing no adjustments, the style is forgiving and I am quite curvy and usually need an FBA), I made this in a lightweight wool with button closure. The instructions are clear but require some experience. The construction is easy but requires meticulous care as every seam is edgestitched and on show. It goes together nicely but every notch and dot needs matching perfectly to line up seams and ease curves. It is an unlined jacket but I added a lining.

The linen sample on the decades of style website doesn’t do it justice, you need a bit of drape in the fabric for the back to sit correctly but not too much. If you use a different fabric for the front facing and sleeve facing it can be made from just over 1m fabric as the pieces tuck in tightly when you lay it out (and my wool has a nap!). The dolman type sleeves don’t cause the usual disaster for a fuller bust due to the shaping provided by the front panels and inset.