Introduction and a coat

by Erika on October 30, 2011 · 24 comments

in 1950s

Hi everyone!

I’ve been skulking in the shadows for ages, but finally decided to start posting as well. So exciting! =) My name is Erika, I live in northern Sweden and I love to sew. I come from a family of women who do all sorts of crafts, so when I left home at 20 I brought with me a vintage Bernina from the 50s (still using it) and a general basic knowledge of sewing but not much experience.

I joined a medieval society (SCA), and it was in that forgiving and generous creative enviroment that I got all those hours of sewing and miles of stitching needed to be confident in my sewing. Fast forward 4 years and lot’s of linen and wool dresses later, and I discovered the dance Lindy hop. It was love at the first step, and I fell for everything about it. The moves, the music, the clothes. Failing to find in the stores the clothes I wanted to wear to get the period Swing look, I started sewing my own.

Today I strive to make a mainly me-made wardrobe, and I wear vintage inspired outfits every day. A huge step towards wearing all me-made has been outerwear, and now I’ve finally completed my first coat!

I normally make my own patterns, but in this case I used Vogue 7594, from 1952.

I made a lot of fit alterations, like shortening the bodice front and back, a FBA, adding width to the waist and hips, plus a bunch of minor changes. The only style alteration I did was to lower the neckline a bit, otherwise I kept it as original, even the skirtlenght.

The fabric is a heavy, green Melton wool from Handelsgillet. The coat is fully interlined with 100% lambswool, and horse hair canvas was padstitched by hand to the collar. There was a lot of new to me construction techniques, and I’m very happy I had the combination of a vintage pattern, a tailoring book and Gertie’s coat sew-along posts to help me out.

I’m really happy with how it turned out! I love the fall of the skirt (can’t beat quality wool!), the shawl collar and the bodice that fits. So looking forward to staying warm in style this winter!

This has been a fun project, albeit a long one (took over a year) =) I’ll definitley be making more outerwear in the future!  Next up however is an easy project, possibly a skirt…

There are more photo’s of the coat on my blog, http://swinginvintage.blogspot.com/ . I also plan to post about how I tailored the shawl collar, as that was something not totally obvious in any of my sources.

Have a great week everyone! / Erika

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The Vintage Traveler October 30, 2011 at 10:18 am

That is stunning!

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Katherine October 30, 2011 at 10:50 am

Erika this is amazing. I love it!

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Anonymous October 30, 2011 at 10:52 am

This coat is absolutely gorgeous! The color is incredible. You did a wonderful job!

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Ginny October 30, 2011 at 12:38 pm

Beautiful! I love the lines of it, and it’s such a gorgeaous colour. Nice job :)

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Gail Ann Thompson October 30, 2011 at 12:42 pm

Brilliant!!
Outstanding!
An inspiration!

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Becky October 30, 2011 at 1:09 pm

That coat is gorgeous! Will you make me one :)

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BoPeep October 30, 2011 at 1:34 pm

Beautiful! Curved and draped in all the right places!

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Erika October 30, 2011 at 2:22 pm

Thank you so much for the sweet comments, everyone! =) You guys really made my day!

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Foster October 30, 2011 at 3:40 pm

Wow that is really amazing. You are a great seamstress!

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Laura October 30, 2011 at 7:40 pm

This is an absolute credit to you. I think it’s probably the best example of a coat made from a vintage pattern that i’ve ever seen on the internet. Well done and enjoy wearing it.

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Ande October 30, 2011 at 9:53 pm

Simply gorgeous!

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Jeanne Marie October 30, 2011 at 10:47 pm

Wow, this is simply stunning. I can believe it took a year to do, but I am amazed you stuck with it that long. Congratulations!

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Sølvi October 31, 2011 at 5:03 am

That´s a gorgeous coat, and I adore your color choice. Well done! :-)

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Eva October 31, 2011 at 6:09 am

It’s absolutely gorgeous!

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Athene October 31, 2011 at 11:19 am

What a gorgeous garment, and you look beautiful in it. Good job!

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Lauren October 31, 2011 at 11:37 am

This is absolutely stunning! Bravo!

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sewlyaharpist October 31, 2011 at 1:11 pm

What a beauty! I just love the color, it looks great on you. Thanks for sharing

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Lizzy October 31, 2011 at 2:07 pm

WOW!!! I love the color! it is beautiful!!!

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Inkdork November 1, 2011 at 2:20 am

This is such a beautiful coat and the color is gorgeous!

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Aukje November 1, 2011 at 2:17 pm

Hej Erika!

What a gorgeous coat, seems very professional! I hope that Iĺl be able to make such coats too.

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Rebekah November 9, 2011 at 12:40 pm

This is such a beautiful coat, Erika! Thanks so much for sharing it with us!

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Pixie January 16, 2012 at 8:25 pm

I have no words for how much I love this! I’ve come back to the pictures to drool over them like three times now!

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Netty January 19, 2012 at 4:43 am

So amazingly gorgeous and stunning, you look like a model wearing this, and very vintagy indeed!!! Love the bottle green colour too!!! Bravo to you and the beauty you bring to vintage for today :)
Yay for Vintage!!!

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Evie August 18, 2012 at 9:10 am

This coat is to die for! Very nice work!

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