Coats

This project took what felt like forever and were in fact three years. In autumn and early winter I never had time to finish it and after christmas motivation was gone because I so longed for spring. It was one of the first vintage pattern I ever bought and I had no experience in sewing [...]

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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 [...]

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Hi everyone! I haven’t posted on here in a couple of months, but for good reason. I’ve been busy working on a WWII-era coat. I’m talking knee-length, heavy weight, filly-lined and warm coat. I am thrilled with how it turned out…from the lovely shoulder dart detailing, to the added on welt pockets. It was constructed [...]

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  This is a raincoat I made using a vintage Simplicity pattern (5928) from 1973. The pattern isn’t specifically for a raincoat – it’s for a tailored coat – but I liked the shape so much I adapted it for my purposes. The coat has some lovely features such as princess seams and in-seam pockets, [...]

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So here’s a modern take on a military-esque jacket with a mod twist that I just finished: Back in 2008, I made a group of 5 jacket patterns with my original intent to sell them on Etsy and this was one of the jackets I made almost completely with the exception of buttonholes and sewn [...]

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I’ve been working on this early 60s coat for awhile and I finished the hand stitching this weekend. Initially it had a collar but I didn’t have enough fabric to make a full front facing so off came the collar! The fit is similar to the 50s style car coats – it’s shapeless and only [...]

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Hi Sew Retro community! I just finished this winter coat from McCall’s 5717 and even though it’s a modern pattern I modified it a bit to give the coat a more classic look. I really love mid-20th century coats that extended down to below the knee to cover dresses, and that’s what I tried to [...]

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This is Vogue 9134. It took me about a year to make, with several stops and starts. The fabric, a Dior double wool, is extremely bright and impossible to photograph. I used Sherry’s very informative tutorial on RTW coat making for the most part, and had some help from a Courrège chef d’atelier I met [...]

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Perhaps I should have gone the more sensible throw pillow route with this one, but I couldn’t help it.  One 54″ wide yard of 1960s vintage home dec cotton makes for a very nice Oriental jacket.  More details over at my blog.

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Hi, All! See how the printed pattern is placed at angles on the skirt portion of view “2,” giving it kind of a chevron design? I’m curious to know how that was done. I mean, I understand that the print natural is straight, based on how it looks on the top portion, so I’m wondering [...]

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