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A New Winter Coat For My Birthday

Added Apr 21, 2010

by roarah

Melbourne, Austr...






It’s my birthday this week & when I saw this fabric a while back I decided that it would make the perfect birthday present to myself.

I made this coat using a Vintage Vogue Pattern (V1137). The pattern was really simple & quite easy to follow. It did take me a really long time to lay out all the pattern pieces as I wanted to be sure the pattern would match up nicely.

For more details please visit my blog, Orchids In May.

Material Notes

Navy wool with white embroidery
Navy silk lining
Both fabrics from Darn Cheap Fabrics.




Garment Type
Casual, Classic, Evening Wear, Vintage
Silk, Wool



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    Apr 23, 2010, 07.25 PMby tschasta

    very classy stylish and elegant

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    Apr 21, 2010, 12.36 PMby Anna Aasbjerg

    Thank you! I love being “bombarded” with usefull info! ;-D Glad to hear I’m not alone with these thoughts and worries. I think most of mine comes from the fact that at the time the vintage patterns were made, women had a lot more figure than I will ever have! (i’m 1.77 tall and have 88-67-92 cm measurements. Somewhere between an eu-size 36 and 38). So I’m simply worried that it’ll be a lot of work for a not-so-perfect result :-P But now you’ve given me the courage to try and I thank you so much! :-D Funny that it had to come all the way from the other side of the world ;-) I came to think… I actually have relatives in the Melbourne-area. My dads cousin… Well, nevermind and again thank you so very much for taking the time, to help me out! :-)

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    Apr 21, 2010, 11.37 AMby Anna Aasbjerg

    It’s beautiful and looks very good on you! I have a lot of vintage-patterns but I’m a little insecure how to make the projects turn out properly. I think it’s kinda hard matching the measurements. Any good advice? :-)

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      Apr 21, 2010, 12.12 PMby roarah

      I’ve had similar concerns about a few vintage patterns… If you have the time (& patience) I highly recommend making a practice garment out of a cheap cotton. As well as working out if the fit is right for you, you’ll get a much better idea of what it will look like on. This is always the best way to test a pattern, but if your low on time, you can try the following;

      1. Try to pick patterns where there are photos of the garment made up (in this case there was a photo in the pattern book). Many of the hand illustrations are over stylised & a little removed from what the finished product ACTUALLY looks like.

      2. Sizing. Learn how to proof your patterns. Don’t just compare your measurements against the table of measurements on the packet, actually get the pattern pieces out & check them. If you have a hip measure measurement of 100cm, measure along the hip lines of all the pattern pieces, add the measurements up & remove seam allowances. Compare this figure with your actual measurements, the measurement on the pattern (depending on the fabric & intended fit) be a little larger than your measurement – this is the ‘ease’ (the extra bit that allows you to walk, sit down, eat food and so on). Do this for all your key measurements. Also if you know your body is different to a standard shape in some ways check that too. For instance, on me the distance between my hips & waist is more than on most people, so I always check this & if necessary make modifications.

      Just read this & realised what an insane amount I’ve written, sorry if I’ve bombarded you! I hope this makes sense to you/is helpful for you. Let me know if you have any more questions.

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