Of course, it's not a very fair comparison. I got this jacket on the clearance rack (I would guess I paid around $50, tops) while the 40s jacket was custom made by a tailor and would have been very expensive. The fashion in the early 2000s called for a very different silhouette than a 1940s silhouette, so it's no huge surprise not to find a lot of tailoring structure (or even shoulder pads) in the Banana Republic jacket. However, I honestly remember quite liking the soft silhouette of this jacket; which is part of why I bought it. Looking at it now, though . . . it may as well be a cardigan jacket. The thing is rawther filmsy.
From the outside, it looks pretty nicely tailored, if a little limp.
The shoulder line, sleeve caps, and under sleeves look a bit sad.
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The back facing extends all the way across the back, giving the upper back some support.
I removed the front facing, back facing, and upper collar. The facings are fused with a lightweight tricot interfacing.
The under and upper collars are exactly the same; both have a separate pattern piece for the stand and both are fused only with one layer of the tricot.
There is a line of stay tape along the roll line, stitched on with a blind hem stitch.
That's really all there is to show--it was a bit of a letdown after that 40s marvel of tailoring, don't you think?