A Modern Interpretation of a Vintage Pattern: Simplicity 6976

by ahearta on January 8, 2012 · 4 comments

in 1960s,Coats,Skirts

Hello again We Sew Retro. I’m back to share my second completed project from a vintage pattern with you.

I made a Burberry-inspired trench coat during the Pattern ~ Scissors ~ Cloth Ready-to-Wear Tailoring Sew-Along last spring using Simplicity 6976.

Image from Pattern ~ Scissors ~ Cloth.

I used a camel-colored gabardine for the fashion fabric, a striped Burberry fabric for the lining, and large black buttons.  I followed the pattern fairly closely, changing things up a bit according to the Sew-Along suggestions and the few little details that I wanted in a trench.  For example, I modified the collar to have a collar stand and I also added storm flaps.

I even made up the skirt to match.

I think it is a cute pattern that looks great as a modern trench coat, but I would also enjoy making it up just as the 1960s pattern suggests.  If you’d like, you can read more about the jacket and the skirt on my blog.

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Amy slowly eased her way into sewing in 2010. In 2011 her hobby truly blossomed, including her first foray into vintage patterns. She can also be found writing on her own blog, Sew Well.

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{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

Anna January 8, 2012 at 4:11 pm

Wow, this is amazing. I love the simplicity of it, but it still looks very chic!


Tina L January 8, 2012 at 6:58 pm



WendyBee January 8, 2012 at 9:13 pm

Absolutely wonderful! What an ambitious project, but it looks like you’ve taken it all in stride. BTW, I’ve always wondered what to call those “storm flaps” What purpose do they serve anyway?


Lizzy January 9, 2012 at 2:49 pm

WOW! I like it a lot! Great job! Love that camel color


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