I made our little niece a vintage tweed coat using a 1930s Pictorial Review pattern:
Pictorial Review 6128
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 Civil Defence buttons from wartime Britain.
This was an experiment in both coat-making and tailoring for me. The pattern instructions said to pad stitch only the undercollar, and because the coat is a size 1 there could only be so much hand sewing. I love working with wool and heavy fabrics, so the project was a lot of fun, especially the pockets and lapels.
Here are some photos of the finished coat:
1930s child's coat - front view
1930s child's coat - back view
Here’s a closeup of the front buttons. I also tried out some handworked keyhole buttonholes:
Civil Defence buttons
For more details and tailoring progress pics see my blog post.
Or Paletot, this is the name of this little coat in French.
I was looking for a pattern for a coat to wear with trousers and dungarees. After some research in my collection, I found this one in a Burda magazine (2010-10)
The wool tartan was waiting for a project !
And now, I wear it all days…
When Ink and me walk together
Can’t quite believe that it’s done! This is the resulting coat from the pattern I bid for on Ebay about 7 months ago!
The only alterations I made were to take 2 inches from the bust. I actually took half an inch from fronts and back panels all the way down. There was masses of ease and I probably could have lost a bit more but I love how comfy it is and I wouldn’t want to be restricted any more. I also took 4 inches from the hemline!
The outer pieces came together quite quickly but each of the eight lining panels is serged and hand stitched with tiny stitches inside. That took some doing, I can tell you! The fabric is a ‘quality coating’ from Fabric Dreams and the collar is a short pile faux fur. At some point I’d like to add some fur cuffs too. But that’s another day!
So happy to have a warm coat! And it’s great for twirling in too!
More info and pics over at ooobop!