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My Downton Abbey Inspired "Lady Mary Jacket"

Like many people, I admit I'm thoroughly addicted to the PBS series Downton Abbey set in a grand English estate during World War I.


So when BurdaStyle and Indygo Junction announced their vintage inspired sewing contest, I decided to try my hand at the jacket Lady Mary wore when she asked Sir Richard to keep her scandal out of his newspapers. Isn't it lovely?



I started with Indygo Junction's Trench Topper jacket but redrafted it almost completely: 



And after a week of sewing, lots and lots of seam ripping, and a measly $30 for all the fabric and notions, I ended up with the jacket you see below:



I think my new Lady Mary jacket is the best sewing project I've ever made, and I can't wait to start wearing it next fall!


If you like my Lady Mary jacket, too, and want to vote for it, here's the link: You need to register first, but that takes less than one minute.


Thank you and happy stitching!




P.S. This is my very first blog post here on Sew What's New, and I hope to share more information about my sewing adventures.





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Comment by carla k. grimm on March 28, 2012 at 9:50am

I`m also a huge fan of "Abby" . This jacket is awesome. Good job!

Comment by Nancy Robertson on March 21, 2012 at 12:11pm

Thank you, Allysa. It's not too hard to copy the neckline and arrangement of buttons. I used 1.125" buttons and spaced them 1.5" apart at the neckline and 2" apart below the waist. The collar may take a little more work, but if you sew a muslin or two, you'll get it right.

Comment by Alyssa Sorenson on March 21, 2012 at 9:36am
I absolutely LOVE your jacket! I may have to attempt a version of my own! Inspiring! Thank you!

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