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Baby you can drive my car Butterick 2624

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!


About the author: 60s lover from Sydney, Australia with a sewing machine and endless amounts of creative motivation

{ 17 comments… add one }
  • lunefantasy May 30, 2013, 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, 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, 8:55 pm

    That is just darling on you! Very chic.

  • Rachel May 30, 2013, 9:00 pm

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

    • Sewingthe60s May 31, 2013, 6:42 am

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

  • mariebayarea May 31, 2013, 12:50 am

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

  • Jennifer May 31, 2013, 1:22 am

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

  • señorita mandarina May 31, 2013, 5:52 am

    es precioso

  • Evie May 31, 2013, 9:09 am

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

  • JuliN May 31, 2013, 10:16 pm

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

  • catherine September 6, 2013, 5:55 pm

    This is gorgeous!

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