Is everyone as excited as I am about the new line of designs that Gertie has produced for Butterick? When I got the email about Butterick’s new fall collection (or more particularly about the “Gertie” patterns), I just about went berzerk!
You see, I had been saving this gorgeous piece of gold glitter-speckled brown wool for a 1950s coat, and I was waiting for the right pattern to come along. Up till now all the retro coat patterns have not had that super-flattering 1950s silhouette which the 50s dresses are famous for, so I just couldn’t believe that such a lovely pattern was on the market.
There was one slight drawback, though. I was going on vacation very shortly, and I still had one dress to hem and another one to construct before I left the country on Friday night. But I wanted soooo badly to get the first version sewn/first pattern review up, so when the pattern arrived Friday afternoon I buckled down to work and got it whipped out (3 hours flat) just in time to pack my suitcase!
I did have to hem it in the hotel room (I rarely travel without sewing supplies!), but the lovely city of Victoria, B.C. made a wonderful backdrop for the coat even late at night.
And as for the pattern itself – I loved it! This design eliminates a lot of seams by having kimono sleeves (bodice and sleeve combined in one pattern), and a one piece bodice front/shawl collar. The collar is constructed in a classic vintage fashion, and does take a little bit of time to get just right but is well worth the effort! I’m very glad I had already worked with this sort of collar when I sewed the Sense & Sensibility Swing Blouse pattern for the Fourth of July, and you might want to practice on that design if you’ve never sewn a combined bodice/collar piece before.
The skirt is a gored circle skirt style, and I chose to finish the double-breasted front with four buttons rather than two like the pattern calls for.
I absolutely love wearing this coat (I think it’s a fabulous way to get a 1950s look in colder weather!), and you can read much more about it on my blog post here.