One thing that always struck me about the fashions shown in Dressmaking magazine was the beauty of the fabrics they used. The quality of the fabrics in my prizewinning outfit is first rate, lovely hand, even though this was the era of polyester double knits. The jacket and vest are made of a knit, but it has a cotton-like texture and slubs that give it a linen look. They are lined in silky fabric. The pants are made of a very high-quality knit with a corded texture. They drape beautifully.
Here is a view of the front of the vest showing the beautiful inset pockets and the buttons with hand-stitched buttonholes.
The inside of the vest shows the other side of the buttonholes and the lining, which is hand-stitched in places. You can see faintly that the facing is hand-picked near the edge to hold it in place.
The lining is hand stitched to the hem with lovely, even, and tiny stitches.
The designer label. It says K. Hideo, Tokyo Harajuku.
And last, the fully lined, braid-trimmed pockets.
I was hoping that when Beany, my little niece, got tall enough, I would be able to try the outfit on her, but it is too small even for her. At least I will be able to study how the lining was sewn into the jacket for reference when I make the jacket for A.