Hello Sew Retro

by Jeanne on April 2, 2011 · 15 comments

in Vintage Sewing

Ta da, my first contribution to Sew Retro: McCall 5760
(after two days of internet crashes and assorted computer mayhem)
Greetings, fellow sewers!
 The fabric is a very sturdy rubberised cotton twill ‘mac’ fabric and I made a detachable fleece lining to go with it.  I’ve worn the coat a lot over this last winter and it’s impervious to just about anything the clouds can chuck down.
I did make a self-fabric belt but prefer the leather one. I keep meaning to add topstitching to the vent to make it lie a bit flatter (hopefully) but haven’t got back to it yet.
The shoulders are very big, really they needed a much bigger pad than the pattern suggested to keep them from collapsing. Also just now looking at the pattern it is a s.14 for a 32″ bust… I’m more of a 35″ but if the pattern had been s.16 or even an s.18 it would have been miles too big for me. Since starting to use vintage patterns I have noticed they are very generous with ease.  Sometimes a good thing, sometimes not.
I’ll probably make a light-weight soft wool one at some point as I like the shape so much.
More of my makings @ fledgling blog SewVeraVenus 

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Jane Carlstrom April 2, 2011 at 2:02 pm

FAbulous. It looks absolutely awesome. Thanks for sharing.


Jenny @ Kerrfect! April 2, 2011 at 2:40 pm

This is lovely! What a wonderful job you did!


JennySlash April 2, 2011 at 10:31 pm

How smart! You're right; the shape's fabulous.


Adele April 2, 2011 at 11:45 pm

Stunning, great shape and LOOOve the shoes in the pic too!


Mel Conomikes April 3, 2011 at 3:52 am

Nice coat! It's so much better looking than any of the plethora of trench coat styles fashionable this season. Well done!


Camille April 3, 2011 at 4:27 am

Thank you for sharing!
I was interested in description of the nature of the fabric and problem areas (shoulders).


Nathalie April 3, 2011 at 6:59 am

Amazing coat and I love how you've presented it!


veravenus April 3, 2011 at 12:05 pm

Thank you all for your nice comments!

@ Adele- those shoes are from Hush Puppies two seasons ago. They've had some good retro styled shoes the last few seasons.

@ Nathalie- lol, dressing up and accessorising my mannequin is a favourite pastime…and one my family still thinks is weird even after all these years.


When Ladies Dressed April 3, 2011 at 8:45 pm

What a gorgeous coat! You did a great job on that!


Isis April 3, 2011 at 11:37 pm

Very stylish!


Evis April 4, 2011 at 4:29 am

Absolutely gorgeous!


retrostyl April 4, 2011 at 3:33 pm



girliegirlvintage April 5, 2011 at 9:46 am

Lovely coat!

-When sewing outerwear remember that the ease, in this case your shoulder pad issue, was made for period garments to fit under it. So the jacket would have had larger pads in the shoulders as well. If you look as coats from the 80's when large shoulders were in-you would have the same problem. :)


veravenus April 5, 2011 at 10:22 am

Of course! I should have thought of that …
Very good point.


MarieBayArea April 8, 2011 at 4:07 am

To. Die. For.


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