I found this jacket in a local second hand clothing store called Second Time Around in Needham. Basically the only time I shop for clothes these days is when I sneak in there after my haircut every seven weeks or so. I always have my eye out for unusual jackets. The back vents were still tacked together so I am assuming that it was never worn – although I can’t tell you how many men and women I see on my daily commute with the tacks still in place on skirts, jackets, and coats. This epidemic requires a public service announcement!
But I digress. The brand, Etcetera, is one I had never seen before and it’s lovely. I have been fascinated by the construction and thought I would share it with you.
The sleeves have deep vents faced with the fashion fabric so you can fold them up. It’s made of a heavy linen/cotton blend with a yellow and grey cross-weave. (The first photo is actually the truest color.) It’s got a little bit of pick stitching in there too.
Will you look at these cut-outs in the front? The top, middle, and bottom sections of the mid-fronts are each lined and then stitched into the front and side panels. The sections even overlap at an angle. Brilliant! Let’s look at the inside. The front is lined and the back has bound seams.
The configuration of the back stay is new to me. It has two overlapping triangular panels stitched into the shoulder and armhole of the lining. There is a small shoulder pad underneath. In theory this should allow for flexibility but in reality it’s quite constricting. Maybe the grainline is running in the wrong direction? I may actually remove the stays.
Also the back vent is nicely mitered at the bottom.
I want to try the cut-out idea. Now if only I had something to wear with it… I’m thinking grey or navy skinny pants.
Who shops second hand?