This is the coat I have made for my daughter in time for the colder weather. It is made from Butterick 9955, a late 50s/ early 60s pattern, and a thick wool blend tartan fabric.

I gave her free choice for the lining, and this is what she went with, a cotton print with flowers and butterflies. It clashes like crazy, but she loves it. I added a brushed cotton interlining, sewn as one layer with the lining fabric, for extra warmth.


I did bound buttonholes, and made the collar in cotton velvet. It also has a detachable hood, which buttons on below the collar, though I have yet to add the buttons. The hem is all hand sewn. First I finished the edge of the tartan layer in bias tape, which I slip stitched down. I then catch-stitched the lining hem onto the outer hem, between the layers.

More details of the construction can be found here and here.


Two pieces I recently finished up. The blouse is from a late ’50s “The People” mail order pattern. I love this style of yoke and had been after a pattern like this for some time: this one has the bonus of coming with a basic 3/4 sleeve button-down blouse too. The fabric is hacked from a dress I picked up in the sales that was far too short for my tastes as it was, with plain polycotton for the yokes.

The skirt is a self-drafted circle skirt, cut in four gores, with deep pockets added for practicality. Made of plain black cotton, and fastens at the back with a zip and a fancy button . A perfect wardrobe staple.

Close-up of fabric detail. Fruit!



As promised, lots of pages from another edition of Modes et Travaux, this time filled with summer dresses and beach wear over on my blog.

Modes et Travaux, June 1953


I just posted pages from the August 1952 edition of French magazine Modes et Travaux over on my blog, with another issue to follow in a few days. Come and take a look!


Modes et Travaux, August 1952