Baby you can drive my car Butterick 2624

by Sewingthe60s on May 30, 2013 · 17 comments

in 1950s,1960s,Coats,Jackets

I’ve been working on this early 60s coat for awhile and I finished the hand stitching this weekend.

Initially it had a collar but I didn’t have enough fabric to make a full front facing so off came the collar!

The fit is similar to the 50s style car coats – it’s shapeless and only has 2 small darts at the back to stop it looking too sack like. The pattern I used was Butterick 2624 (1-2-3 Shift!)

I modified the coat pattern so it had longer sleeves, more room in the hips and added some pockets.

I bound the edges with Bias tape and then realised I’d sewn the facings wrong. So in the top corner the bias goes all the way to the edge – not quite right but the coat is not meant to be worn with the lapel open. I added a hook and eye to keep it closed on windy days.
The fabric is a brocade from Tessuti’s in Surrey hills. It was pretty nice to work with and holds its shape well.
I chose not to line is so that I can wear it in Spring and Summer when it’s freezing in the office but boiling hot outside!

Thanks for looking lovelies!


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lunefantasy May 30, 2013 at 8:53 pm

it’s very beautiful, I love the colors, generally I prefer 50′S but this one is particulary cute


Sewingthe60s May 31, 2013 at 6:40 am

Thank you! Its funny you say that as i thought it was too 50s for my 60s taste!


rory May 30, 2013 at 8:55 pm

That is just darling on you! Very chic.


Sewingthe60s May 31, 2013 at 6:40 am

Thank you!


Rachel May 30, 2013 at 9:00 pm

Super pretty! And great colors! Doesn’t even need a collar… looks great on you.


Sewingthe60s May 31, 2013 at 6:42 am

Thanks! Lucky it didn’t cause I only bought just enough


mariebayarea May 31, 2013 at 12:50 am

Your car coat is delightful. Love that sumptuous brocade fabric and gorgeous print.


Sewingthe60s May 31, 2013 at 6:46 am

Thank you! Its a lovely fabric


Jennifer May 31, 2013 at 1:22 am

Oh that fabric is just beautiful! You did a wonderful job!


Sewingthe60s May 31, 2013 at 6:57 am

Thank you so much! =)


señorita mandarina May 31, 2013 at 5:52 am

es precioso


Sewingthe60s May 31, 2013 at 6:48 am



Evie May 31, 2013 at 9:09 am

I love the fabric, and that’s a great outfit all around!


Catherine Alekna June 3, 2013 at 12:34 am

Thanks Evie! xo


JuliN May 31, 2013 at 10:16 pm

The car coat looks just beautiful and I love how you styled it as well.


Catherine Alekna June 3, 2013 at 12:35 am

Thank you! I try not to make it look boring! haha


catherine September 6, 2013 at 5:55 pm

This is gorgeous!


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