The polar vortex is still alive and well in Saskatchewan much to the dismay of most people. I’ve actually worn my cold weather jacket more this year than probably for the last 5 years combined.
For how much I bug my husband about his 30 + year old ski jacket I should be careful! My cold weather jacket is 22 years old and starting to show its age but interestingly enough I always get compliments when I wear it. No one seems able to believe that I made it over 2 decades ago and that it’s still standing the test of time.
Back in “the day” they were called Eskimo Parkas and the design was made popular by a Canadian designer called Linda Lundstrom. Her concept was used by a company called McPhee who taught classes and sold the wool for the jackets. Turns out their patterns still look like they are straight out of the 80’s and you can still buy the same quality wool.
Turns out the wool is good for 25 years but the lining, the fur trim and the leather appliqué aren’t. They’ve been disintegrating for the last 5 years. I suspect though that it has long since paid for itself. Weird that I could find my original bill but I can’t find a picture of the jacket for the first 20 years of wearing it. Nor did I ever find a picture of the beautiful one I made my daughter.
Occasionally, when I am out walking, I design a new one in my head. I was recently reminiscing during a visit with a friend and we pulled hers out to examine it. Hers is in prime condition compared to mine. I love her pocket type and will definitely incorporate that feature as well as the inner cuff windbreak.
While we were chatting I pulled up the website and found the same type of material still available. Only now instead of $44.98 /M it is now $26.98/M. I guess this new jacket will be cheaper! It will also be shorter, a little more fitted and perhaps raglan sleeves. It seems like good fall project.