The Glittery Brown “Gertie” Coat

September 6, 2012

Hi Ladies!

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. 

Happy sewing!


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  1. This turned out wonderfully! I love the shape of this coat & am equally as excited about the lovely Gertie’s pattern line! I also did some vacation-sewing on my last project (that I posted here on we sew retro) which was a fun skirt with a TON of hand embroidered cactus applique! I was embroidering cacti in the car on the way to Arizona..haha…its all worth it in the end! 🙂

    1. Hi Danielle!

      Gertie is a bit of a legend in vintage sewing circles. She started blogging about making all the garments from a vintage Vogue sewing book.

      Thanks to her talents and hard work, she’s become a sewing teacher (you can find her teaching online at Craftsy), she’s just released a book, and now has a pattern line with Butterick.

      Truly an inspiration for anyone who dreams of turning their sewing passion into their living 🙂

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