I made our little niece a vintage tweed coat using a 1930s Pictorial Review pattern:
In true 1930s spirit, all the materials were re-purposed or came from my stash. We had some purple Woolrich tweed and black lining, and I cut the pocket flaps from an old pair of leather gloves. The buttons are vintage Civil Defence buttons from wartime Britain.
This was an experiment in both coat-making and tailoring for me. The pattern instructions said to pad stitch only the undercollar, and because the coat is a size 1 there could only be so much hand sewing. I love working with wool and heavy fabrics, so the project was a lot of fun, especially the pockets and lapels.
Here are some photos of the finished coat:
Here’s a closeup of the front buttons. I also tried out some handworked keyhole buttonholes:
For more details and tailoring progress pics see my blog post.