Vintage Sewing

My Poiret Cocoon Coat and others

By on December 30, 2013

Ah, bonjour!

yes it’s been a very long time since I’ve been on here, although I’ve returned every now and again to admire what everyone else has been making. I haven’t done as much sewing as I would like recently, which is rubbish, but that’s what having a bloomin’ full-time job’s all about, eh? (nobody told me this when I was younger btw).

Anyway here are some pics of my cocoon coat that took early 2 years on and off to make. I was determined to take my time but also not let it become a UFO. It has been a labour of love and actually not pressuring myself to finish it by a deadline helped me to stay in love with it.

I have not worn it out out yet (that’s English for ‘somewhere nice’), just because I haven’t really been anywhere nice enough and our winter thus far has involved an unflattering combination of gales and heavy rain. But bring on the snow, and I will head on down to the steam train with me cloche hat too.

The only other thing that I have made recently is a 1960s style dress from one of my mum’s patterns and some vintage cotton I bought at uni about 10 years ago…but hey at least it’s all been finally used, ahem.

I do think I need to make more 1960s stuff as it obviously suits my frame better. Sewing has actually taught me even more that you have to play to your strengths an, let’s just say that my bottom half has a lot more going on.

Been shopping and so fed up with super skinny trousers that are so tight that by the time my foot has got through the ankle hole I am exhausted and lying against the changing room wall like an asthmatic donkey. So I am just going to make some trousers. Tomorrow is sewing day and I have just bought various fabric and gonna use a couple of 1970s patterns to make some with, so I’ll keep you posted on those projects.

Good luck with all your sewing too me deers,


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1920s | Coats | Vintage Sewing

Poiret en Progress

By on November 28, 2011

Hiya, I’ve been (slowly) getting on with my 1920s coccoon coat, hampered only by Ofsted (school inspectors), eczema (on my hands, how cruel for an artist?), and a lack of Betty (my mannequin). I eventually decided to use the Folkwear Poiret coat which had been discontinued but I found one on good old Ebay. I had a specific idea of how it would look:


La Poiret Cocoon Coat


Anyway, I’ve now finished a toile, adjusted from the original pattern, which I hope to transfer to paper on Wednesday, and start cutting out my ACTUAL coat. Aargh!

Adjustments to right hand side

More pics and waffling on over here.

Cheers guys x
PS. I’m gonna be extra good, and wash my fabric first too

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1920s | 1930s

Choices, choices…

By on October 18, 2011

Okay, I need some help with a pattern choice, as I’m quite terrible about making decisions on things like this (good at making big life decisions, bad at the everyday stuff).

I want to make a coccoon coat and have just been bought a lovely new machine which will enable me too (I’d had my last machine since I was 11 and it’s starting to sound a little clunky and O.A.P). Anyway, I’ve narrowed the choice down to the 2 below…

I want to do a fur trim regardless of which I do, and possibly wide fur cuffs on the sleeves. I’m also going to free-machine a deco style pattern on the centre-back. For colour choices, it’s getting cold here in Ramsbottom, so I’m feeling wintry, and it’ll probably be a deep green or claret red (note, if I choose red, don’t worry I won’t add white fur trims and grow a beard hohoho). Fabric is going to be wool or velvet, and probably have quilting between the outer and lining for extra warmth.

So is it the Decades of Style on the Left? Or the Ageless on the right?? Any honest opinions about the pattern makers and advice if you’ve made either of these would be very much appreciated.

Cheers Deers xx

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