1950s | Coats | Modern Patterns

Faux Fur Trimmed Coat – McCalls 6800

By on March 1, 2017

It’s been so cold here lately, I really wanted a warm, everyday coat with enough room to fit a circle skirt and petticoat underneath. McCalls 6800 was the perfect choice, with its princess seams, full skirt and a hood! The main thing I wanted to add to my version was the faux fur trim. It makes the coat so cosy.

I love full skirts and a coat is no exception. To make the skirt section on this even fuller, I added a couple of inches width to the bottom of each panel. Combined with the faux fur trim around the hem, the skirt section is very full and very swishy.


 The fabric I used was so thick I don’t think my machine could’ve managed a sewn buttonhole. Instead, I opted for 4 bound buttonholes. They’re a pain to make but always look so lovely.

The lining is a bright cerise crepe backed satin. I love how the pink pops against the pale faux fur and dark navy, plus it makes the coat so easy to slide on and off.

I have more details on the making of this on my blog.

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1960s | Coats | Dresses | Vintage Sewing

Les Fleurs Swing Dress (Simplicity 6820, 1966)

By on January 31, 2017

I posted my leopard print version of this pattern last week and today I’m back with a dark floral variation–specifically the gorgeous Les Fleurs in navy from Cotton and Steel’s collab with Rifle Paper Company. I lovvvve this fabric, and I wanted to use it with few seam lines, so Simplicity 6820 seemed perfect. I’m wearing it with my pink bow coat made last year from Simplicity reprint 1197–a perfect match!

See more on my blog here!

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1930s | Coats | Downton Abbey Inspired | Vintage Sewing

1930s In-Between Seasons Coat

By on February 10, 2016

Last autumn one of my goals was to make a 1930s lightweight coat so I can wear it during those in-between months, when it’s not quite warm enough to go without one and not quite cold enough for full on winter coat, scarf and gloves. After trawling both Etsy and eBay I finally found this beautiful original 1930s pattern by Bestway, a company who produced sewing patterns for the home sewer and were available to order via the Bestway magazine.

1930s Bestway Coat Sewing Pattern

1930s lightweight coat

I used an amazing aubergine and grey mix suiting fabric that looked and behaved like wool but was actually a polyester mix and it was a dream to work with. It took me forever to make due to the traditional tailoring techniques I used but it was definitely worth it in the end as it hangs so well.

1930s Bakelite buttons

The buttons had to be authentic and after many hours of searching I found these original 1930s Bakelite ones on Etsy. I absolutely love the classic Art Deco lines on them and I think the size of them really adds the right amount of detailing to the coat.

1930s aubergine coat

If you would like to read more about the coat and see more photos feel free to pop over to my blog.

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1950s | Coats | Vintage Sewing

2015 Sew-tember Sew Along Vogue 1083

By on September 10, 2015

Hello We Sew Retro readers!

I’m so excited that this month is September, because if you haven’t heard already September is National Sewing Month. Which means this is #Sewtember, as I call it.

This year for #Sewtember I’ve decided to host my very first Sew Along and would like to invite all who are interested in joining the fun.

For this fun month long Sew Along each participant will be working on Vogue pattern v1083. This is a reproduction of a Vintage Vogue 1953 ladies coat.

If you’ve had the chance to read my blog (Akram’s Ideas), you may have seen a few coats I made in the last few month.

The first coat I ever attempted was back in March, of this year. It was a lovely pink fleece coat I made from my toddler niece using McCall’s pattern 4647.

Fleece Coat, McCalls 4647
Pink coat made for my niece, Layla.

I wasn’t sure what to expect when I made this coat, because I had heard that coat construction can be rather difficult. However, the coat seemed to come together rather nicely. No big hiccups and I loved working with fleece.

After getting my feet wet with in coat making I decided to make a coat of my own. I ended up making a vintage swing coat using, vintage Simplicity pattern 4191 from my stash.

The coat was made in part of the Your Fleece Fashion Contest, hosted by Your Fleece, an online Fleece retailer. I ended up making this coat out of red fleece, provided by Your Fleece, and finished the lining using some red statin from my fabric stash.

I entered the contest purely for fun, I still consider myself a novice sewer, besides I had planned to make a swing coat anyways. Despite what I thought about my sewing skills, somehow or another I managed to win the  Your Fleece Fashion Contest.

red swing coat
Posing in my swing coat.

I can’t say how much I love this coat it’s fantastic! It’s not only a great fashion statement it’s so cozy soft thanks to the fabulous fleece.

While I adored my first attempt at making a swing coat, I decided I’d like to make myself another. This time around I wanted to make a longer coat and while I’m at it , I thought why not share my sewing journey on this project as a Sew Along.

When planning the Sew Along I decided to choose a pattern that would accessible to others who might want to join the fun. Vogue’s vintage reproduction pattern v1083 was exactly what I was looking for. It had the class 1950’s swing coat style and it is still readily available for purchase.

The plan for the Sew Along is pretty simple. I’ll be posting once a week (typically on Saturday) my progress along with tips and tricks about sewing the coat.

I’ve also created a Flickr group (:https://www.flickr.com/groups/2015-sew-tember-v1083/) for all participants to join and share photos, discussions and comments on their own and other’s makes in the Sew Along. At the end of the sew along (in early October) I’ll be compiling a video montage of all the coats of participants in the Sew Along.

Akram's Ideas 2015 Sewtember Sew Along
Akram’s Ideas 2015 Sewtember Sew Along

So, with that said. I’d like to once again invite all you wonderful lovely vintage sewers to be apart of this Sew Along and join the fun in making Vogue pattern v1083. The first (getting started) post will debut this Saturday (Sept 12) over at Akram’s Ideas.

Hope to have you join the fun.

–Akram Taghavi-Burris
Bringing Creative and Crazy Ideas to Life.

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1950s

Pauline Trigere Coat – Mc Calls 7520

By on November 28, 2014

Last spring, I was in a charity shop and I saw a coat for 2euro, I was amazed as the fabric quality was great, but the cut of the fabric was right from the 1980s and had humungous shoulders….. anyway I got it, and over the next few weeks bought some more coats from the bargain rail and it pretty much started me thinking on about – remaking/refashioning clothes, all the limitations of fast fashion, and the shocking amount of what ends up in charity shops – and my blog started from the coats really

mc call 7530This is the second of the 6 coats to get remade.  The first was the jacket from this pattern which I was very pleased with, so I thought the coat could be a good follow-up.  Making the coat was not as straightforward as the jacket, and I had to compromise on a few things (addition of cuff, and coat length), and the fabric quality was not as luscious as the last coat, and has also stitch marks left by patch pockets.  However, I did get to wear it, and like it (camel is not a colour I wear, and I am now converting – it looked great with jeans and black sweater)

before after copy

 

There are a 2  issues, the first is the previous patch pockets left some marks which I hope will ease in time, and I will re-steam the coat in a few weeks and they may lessen.  The second issue is I notice the fabric absorbed some water from being splashed when I wore it out, and the water soaked immediately, and dried within 20 minutes.  For the 20 minutes – the splash marks looked like grease marks and the coat looked grubby (and I didn’t feel quite so classy in my new coat).  I don’t know if the coat had some detergent used on it at some time to make it so absorbent, or if camel wool does this (which I doubt) – so I am now considering spraying some scotch-guard and seeing if this will help!

 

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Coats

“Barrel coat” re-made

By on November 25, 2014

Years ago, I made myself a winter coat loosely inspired by a picture I have seen but never found again of a 1950’s Balenciaga barrel coat.

jas1It was never supposed to be a faithful copy. I wanted and made a big collar and a back pleat. I always felt the whole thing had a vintage feel without really belonging in any particular era.

The old coat served me well for many years but has really reached the end of its life by now.

voor2So, I made a new one. The fabric is, of course, quite different and I made some small changes but in all the ways that matter, this should be the same coat.

zijAnd I think it will be. This is such a nice kind of coat, like a cocoon.

You can read more about it, with more pictures and some construction stuff, on my blog

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1950s | Vintage Sewing

butterick 2704 – green wool coat with kimono sleeve

By on September 6, 2014

 

green cloak

I bought this cloak in a charity shop locally, the colour is a vivid green, and the wool is a mid weight tweed.  I think it was originally a cloak used in a primary school play or float for St Patrick. (Irelands patron saint) as it was made for someone slightly smaller than me. Some time ago I had up-cycled (well not really as it didnt really up) another cloak unsuccessfully to a jacket, where is should have worked with the cut of cloth I had,  and used kimono sleeves, so at least l learned from the experience when I went to make this one.  Incredibly easy, its a reversible (if desired) coat, but I just lined it, changed the length, and pocket style.  I am thinking I may use a hook eye close at top or make a decorative frog (?) but have not decided.  Coat very comfortable and very wearable as is, so no hurry!

green coat 2 copy
butterick 2704 green coat with kimono sleeve

 

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