Vintage Score! Stunning Bill Blass jacket

Awesome Stephen Sprouse-like print fabric. The only thing wrong with this jacket is that the button is gone

This weekend old friends came for a visit, we went to see the Human Sexual Response reunion show at the House of Blues (incredible!!) and also hit The Garment District a used clothing store in Cambridge for some vintage clothes shopping, which I hadn’t done in years.  I wasn’t planning on buying anything but had to poke around and as soon as I saw this jacket I knew I had to have it.  The pictures tell the whole story and it’s astonishing that this gorgeous Bill Blass jacket from the late 80’s was marked “slightly damaged as is” because the button is missing!   The quality of the work that went into this garment is amazing and the lining sleeves and the back collar are finished by hand.  Plus it was made in the USA and there is a International Ladies Garment Workers Union label attached to the side seam.   I’m not totally sure what the fabric is, it’s kind of knit like but also looks woven and it has a silk faille lining.  It seems to be wool based on how heavy it is.   The construction quality of this jacket really illustrates how far we have declined in clothing production in just 20 years since this jacket was made.  It fits me really perfectly and I totally intend to wear it with pride!

More hand stitching to attach the lining sleeves

Yes – $7.00

Union Made!

Bill Blass label and hand stitching where the lining meets the collar

Two piece rounded sleeve – beautiful!

Three piece body panel, a sign of a quality design

11 Responses to Vintage Score! Stunning Bill Blass jacket

  1. Gorgeous Things November 11, 2012 at 7:17 pm #

    That is totally AWESOME!!!!

  2. Allyn November 11, 2012 at 7:58 pm #

    Major score!!!! Bill Blass always seemed to make timeless clothes. Lucky you!

  3. Ginny November 12, 2012 at 12:50 am #

    It is really stunning. Definitely your lucky day and absolutely wear it with pride.

  4. PVE November 12, 2012 at 3:08 am #

    You’ve long had a knack for a “FIND.” Now iwht your sewing expertise, you can appreciate it all the more. Sort of makes one wonder where it’s been all these years.

  5. Bunny November 12, 2012 at 7:50 am #

    Stunning find! I know you will also find the perfect button.

  6. mem November 12, 2012 at 1:07 pm #

    Hello . That is a beautiful jacket , I love those sleeves . Does it have the huge pads and will you take them out and alter the sleeves.Its a worry I have worried . I opted to leave the garment alone but then felt too self conscious to wear it. Its still in my cupboard !!

  7. coudremode November 12, 2012 at 2:41 pm #

    There are shoulder pads and larger than normal sleeve heads; the combination of the two creates the beautiful rounded shape to the shoulders. Taking them out would drastically alter the lines of the jacket so I’ll leave them in.

  8. nikki November 15, 2012 at 3:31 am #

    I really appreciate posts like this. Growing up poor, I never had an opportunity to know quality stuff like this even existed, so I’m having to educate myself, as an adult, about quality. This is very helpful and also makes me dream of a day when we will see similar labels in garments on a regular basis.

  9. Pam ~Off The Cuff~ November 15, 2012 at 4:20 pm #

    Wow Phyllis….what a score! That jacket is beyond beautiful.

  10. Testosterone January 1, 2013 at 11:09 pm #

    Quite a score!!!

    Make an entrance everywhere you go.

  11. Reyna Lay June 9, 2013 at 2:17 am #

    what a great find, it’s so nice! btw: I’m having a Threads Magazine Giveaway on my new sewing blog!! Please share with your followers and come by and enter to win!

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