This pattern was actually much easier to work with than I’d expected. I’ve never used a mail order vintage pattern before. There was much more hand sewing than I expected versus modern patterns, but I’m pretty sure that’s par for the course.
I didn’t adjust the sizing at all. In hindsight I could have probably taken more out in the bust dart, or around the gathers. The bodice is a bit more blousy than I intimidated. Overall though, this might be one of my more favorite things I’ve sewn. It’s wearable in a lot of situations, and is really comfortable. Even though the gingham fabric tends to wrinkle a ton, it was easy to work with, and wonderful for the summer.
I have a more detailed post over on my blog if you feel so inclined.
This coat is made from a heavily interfaced, vintage double knit that I found in the thrift store a few years ago. I made it using a self-drafted pattern. I think the coat has a very 60′s feel to it.
It is fully lined, and features a large collar, puff sleeves, welt pockets, topstitching and fabric covered buttons. It’s complete with my own tag and a hanging loop inside.
If I’d had more fabric, I would’ve added a detail in the back like a little buttoned belt. Oh well, I’ll add that to my next version.
The coat design is based on a well-worn and well-loved coat that I’ve had for several years. Rather than make a complete copy of the coat, I changed some things. The size of the coat is a tad larger (the store-bought one was an extra-small), the collar is much larger, the placement of the welt pockets is different, the pocket openings are wider (the store-bought coat had such small openings that I could barely fit my hands in them), some of the seams are topstitched, and the sleeves and armholes have more wiggle room for additional layers.
Technically, this is a muslin, but I hope you’ll agree this is a very wearable muslin. I love it! I plan to make a few changes to the pattern and make another coat. The biggest thing I’ll change is the size of the sleeves. I overcompensated a bit in adding room to the sleeves, so I’ll shape the sleeves a bit more for my next coat.
If you are interested in more photos and details about the project, please see this post and this post. Thanks for looking!
Oh, 1950s dresses how do I love thee! I’ve had this fabric in my stash for a while and I knew exactly what type of dress that I wanted to make with it!
A great 50s double breasted dress with a great collar!
And too top it off, I found a pattern with pockets (Simplicity 1097)! Score!
I chose some yummy white trim to make the collar pop and a white belt to break up the business of this print.
More photos and construction details can be found on my blog. What’s your favorite fun feature on a dress? Mine’s definitely pockets!