1930s Toddler Coat

by PatternVault on March 11, 2014 · 10 comments

in 1930s,Children,Coats

30s coat pocket

I made our little niece a vintage tweed coat using a 1930s Pictorial Review pattern:

Pictorial Review 6128

Pictorial Review 6128

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:

1930s child's coat front

1930s child's coat - front view

1930s child's coat - back view

1930s child's coat - back view

Here’s a closeup of the front buttons. I also tried out some handworked keyhole buttonholes:

Civil Defence buttons

Civil Defence buttons

For more details and tailoring progress pics see my blog post.

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{ 10 comments… read them below or add one }

Jeanette March 11, 2014 at 12:57 pm

This is just so lovely! I adore vintage children’s wear.


Evie March 11, 2014 at 2:12 pm

Gaah!! This is so cute!!!


Lauriana March 11, 2014 at 2:26 pm

Wow… That so cute and so cool!

I wish something like this would appear on the ‘wish list’ for my nephew next winter…


Winding Ways March 11, 2014 at 4:11 pm

Outstanding! What a clever re-use of the glove leather and other materials. I’ll bet your niece looks like a doll.


BoPeep March 11, 2014 at 5:03 pm

Very smart! Love the pocket flaps and buttons. And when she out grows this coat, maybe a purse…? I love repurposing!


Jet Set Sewing March 11, 2014 at 6:39 pm

So sweet, and excellent construction!


Pam E March 12, 2014 at 10:58 am

Would you adopt me as your niece? :) I would love to have a coat like that. What a timeless style. You did a fabulous job on it, and I really like how you recycled, too. Your niece is very fortunate to have such a loving and creative aunt.


Eliza Brown March 12, 2014 at 4:20 pm

That is sooo adorable!! I want one in my size!!!


Snowma March 12, 2014 at 11:50 pm

What a lucky kiddo! Looks fantastic.


Catherine Alekna March 15, 2014 at 7:45 am

one of my favourite things is little childrens coats! they are so adorable. I hope niece likes wearing it! it looks like you did a marvellous job


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