Spring Inspiration: Vintage Designer Coat Patterns

Spring is around the corner and that means I need a new spring coat. That also means that I spent a ridiculous amount of time the last couple of days searching for a pattern that I like.

I was looking through Ebay and Etsy listings for a classic a-line(ish) coat sewing pattern, preferably a Vogue Paris Original (just because it’s time I own one of those) something along the lines of  a 1960’s-1970’s Patou, Balmian or Molyneaux (ooh fancy!), and then finally, I came across this total beauty (Vogue 1356) and my heart started racing…

Image from grannigertsattic etsy shop

…until I realized it wasn’t in my size (and then my heart sank because I don’t think I’m ready to grade a coat pattern! and a designer one at that!). It’s very reasonably priced at $7.99 (the next one I found was $18.00, and then $35.00) so if you’d like the original thing check out grannigertsattic shop on Etsy* (disclaimer: I’m not being paid to advertise this, I just thought  it would be nice to give them a shoutout if I’m using their image for my blog).

I dug around the net some more for some closeups to examine the construction:

So what did I do? Well, I thought about “making do” with what I already have (meh…sometimes this is not so fun). I flipped through all my paper and e-patterns hoping to find one that would come reasonably close with some pattern alterations and modifications and guess what guys?! With a little bit of this and a little but of that, the FREE Talea pattern on Burdastyle comes pretty close don’t you think?!

Image courtesy of Burdastyle.com

All I have to do is omit the shoulder detailing, sleeve cuff and back waist half belt thingey, turn the pockets into side welt pockets and can you believe it?! A free Molyneaux inspired coat! Thank you Burdastyle!

Next: how to make the dress in that pattern (also: the hat, I need it).

But: It’s March now and my Minoru muslin is still sitting there half cut and I didn’t even touch my craftsy BOM quilt blocks for February yet. Why? I’m working on another project of epic proportions (no, no,  not a wedding dress, though that is quite possibly the most epic thing one can sew) that I’ll tell you about soon! I did finish the Colette Crepe dress though (I’m just waiting for nice sunny weather to take pictures of it before I show you).

Happy sewing!

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2 thoughts on “Spring Inspiration: Vintage Designer Coat Patterns

  1. Wow, will this be your first tailored coat or have you already delved into coat territory in the past? I’m dying to make one but I’m gonna have to wait til fall, cause I’m not nearly ready to take on such a feat yet… and hopefully by then I’ll be armed with Gertie’s Craftsy class knowledge 😉

    • Oh yes this is my very first tailored coat (my half cut Minoru Jacket muslin so does not count lol). I am SO tempted to sign up for Gertie’s class but I missed the 50% off deal so I’m waiting around for the next one (fingers crossed!). Sherry over at Pattern Scissors Cloth had a Ready to Wear Tailoring Sew Along and I’ll be using those posts to help me!

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