1950s | Coats | Vintage Sewing

A ruby red winter coat

February 22, 2015
Ruby red winter coat Stina P

Ruby red winter coat Stina P

I just really wanted a winter coat, with a simple bodice and very wide skirt in a nice jewel coloured wool. In case you haven’t noticed, this can’t be found on the high street. So I made it. Like everything I do, it has a 1950’s and vintage flair to it, even if I don’t have any inspiration pictures to show.

Ruby red winter coat Stina P

I bought this high quality wool (from the same brand Lilli Ann made suits of!) in Paris. The lining is an amazing acetate satin, and the buttons restored from an old (high street!) coat. The bodice is interlined with lambs wool, and the stitches from the buttons are covered by vintage soutache.

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As with my New Look Suit, it took a while to make, mostly because I was so bored with it. But after a year in my closet I took it out, redid all the pleating about fourteen times and then hand sewn the thing together.

There are 3,5 metres in the skirt. Just saying.

A ruby red winter coat Stina P

As usual, you can get the whole story and see all the pictures on my blog.

  1. Wow, this is a stunningly beautiful coat. I love the narrow pleats in the back and the very suble style of the top part. And the fabric is really amazing, both the colour and the drape, it is very clear that this is a high quality wool fabric (oh Paris, your fabric stores!).

    1. Thank you! I am really pleased with it. 🙂 I liked the fabric a lot when I bought it, but now, after wearing it for a couple of weeks, I love it. The drape is indeed amazing!

    1. Thank you! To be honest, the soutache wasn’t a plan at all but the best solution I could come up with to hide the stitches form the buttons. In the end, it was just what the coat needed. 🙂

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