Help with coat!

by Roxy on January 31, 2012 · 9 comments

in Vintage Sewing

Good morning!
I am in need of some help/suggestions from you lovely people out there.


I saw a while back this coat and immediately fell in love with it, problem was (before it had gotten reserved) it would be a tad too small and I couldn’t justify spending money on something that I wouldn’t be able to wear currently.
Next best step, make it myself! Only problem with that is that I don’t know what kind of pattern to use and all I have in my stash is 40′s blazers.
If anyone has any suggestions as far as a pattern or altering a blazer pattern to suit this it would be much appreciated!

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Jaime January 31, 2012 at 3:35 pm

Here’s a free pattern that’d work with tweaking. Alter the collar a bit, move over the sleeve seam, the shoulder details, and changing the pockets. Not too difficult if you’re up to it.


Paloverde January 31, 2012 at 6:51 pm

Simplicity 2057. It may be out of print (can’t seem to access the Simplicity website today). Here’s a listing from ebay:

I also think this early ’70s Style pattern is adorable, but it’s a fairly small size:


Paloverde January 31, 2012 at 6:53 pm
Jessamyn January 31, 2012 at 7:19 pm

Your best bet would be to start with a 1970s princess-seamed coat (or eased dress) pattern with the right seam and style lines, and a close-enough collar, and then work up the belt and pocket details and tweak the collar shape. Some suggestions: (this wd be my choice) (could work if you need a larger size) (wd need work on the ease and front lap development, but already has the integral belt and long collar points. Skirt seams are wrong though – good candidate for Frankensteining to a different pattern’s skirt!)


paloverde February 1, 2012 at 12:51 am

Reiterating what I first suggested: Simplicity 2057. It’s very, very close to your photo and it’s available in a whole range of sizes. Here’s the link to the pattern on the Simplicity site:


jill February 1, 2012 at 1:56 pm

Simplicity 2057 has the real lines of this coat including the pockets. You could easily split the waist and add the band or simply sew a band over the outside of the coat. good luck with your project. I’m on a similar quest with a J Crew coat that lists for $900.00.


jill February 1, 2012 at 1:58 pm

By the way, could you tell the brand of this coat?


SondraG February 1, 2012 at 6:38 pm

Simplicity 4084 with modifications for the false breast pockets and the belt.


Roxy February 1, 2012 at 11:13 pm

Jill- I couldn’t tell what brand it was, and I agree with you that with some altering 2057 could really work.

Simplicity 2084 also has alot of the same lines, so it could work as well


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