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Saturday, January 25, 2014

Past Projects · 1930's Wool Coat


It's been freezing cold here this week, so I thought sharing the pictures of this coat I made a couple years ago would be appropriate!

Back in 2006, I was one step away from being completely obsessed with "The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe".  This manifested itself in various manners, but one of the more productive outlets was a major desire for all of Susan's 1940s clothes. ;-)  They were so adorable, and looked so practical!  I never ended up making any of them, however I did manage to buy fabric to make a wool coat like hers.  The process of actually making the coat intimidated me for years, so I never got around to it.

2 years ago I was finally fed up with wearing a puffy ice-blue ski coat with all my vintage clothes, and decided that it was time for some outerwear that would blend in with the rest of my wardrobe!  We came across the Vintage Pattern Lending Library, and they had a fabulous pattern for a 1930s Coat with Stand Up Collar.  I ended up having just the right amount of fabric for the pattern. :-)

This was my first time making a coat with pad-stitching.  It's not perfect, but I'm still satisfied with the result 2 years later. ;-)  One thing that I keep thinking about though- I think several rows of topstitching around the collar would be really fun!  But at this point, I think I'll just leave that for a different project. ;-)


Fun geometric buttons add to the Deco feel of the sleeve cuffs. :-)  I love this unique collar.



The pattern went together very smoothly and despite not having as many instructions as a modern pattern, it was still helpful and intelligible. :-)


Check out the fun seaming on the shoulders- the 30s had the most interesting and unique designs!  I originally had a narrow belt on the coat, but after looking at lots of 30s images I realized that a wide belt was more common and I ended up preferring this look. :-)

After making the coat, I'm sad that I had been so intimidated for so long!  It really wasn't as difficult as I expected, and the result was definitely worth it. :-)

· Photos by Kathryn! ·

11 comments:

  1. Lovely! The buttons, the collar and the tweedy material are just perfect.

    Brigid
    the Middle Sister and Singer

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  2. I LOVE it! :D I have a vintage style coat pattern from Butterick that I've been wanting to make. Where did you buy your coat weight wool?

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    1. Thanks, Michelle. :-) I got this wool in WI at a Mill End Warehouse. But we frequently buy our wool from fabricmartfabrics.com- highly recommend them, and they run great sales throughout the year!

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  3. I love it! :) Have you ever seen Lantern Hill put out by Sullivan Entertainment; the same company that put out the series Wind at My Back, or the Anne movies? This coat reminds me of it. Love all the fun details!

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    1. Oooh! I've never heard of that movie. Our library has it though, so we're looking forward to watching both that and Wind at My Back. :-) Love all the recommendations for movies!

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  4. WANT!!!! This is lovely and the fit is so flattering, especially for a nice, heavy wool coat. Thanks for sharing your pattern source and your experience with it. I've been so reluctant to delve into making coats because I'm so intimidated by the thought of all the different construction and tailoring techniques involved, but you've given me hope here! Maybe this fall I'll give it a try for next winter's wardrobe! :-)

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    1. Thanks, Rebecca! I do hope you give it a try this year- it's worth all the courage involved! ;-)

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  5. Lily, you did a fabulous job - I am in awe of your talent! Thank you for the lovely post.

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