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A Modern Interpretation of a Vintage Pattern: Simplicity 6976

January 8, 2012

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.

  1. 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?

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