Added Jul 12, 2010
i’ve given this coat this name because i’ve had quite a few different comments on what style people think it is, including japanese, chines, military, and even sargeant pepper’s. personally, i don’t really know what it is, it’s just what i thought would work for this fabric.
the shell is a rich fuchsia wool weave, vintage, but i’m not certain when it is from (possibly 1950s?). the photos don’t show it really clearly, but the colour has quite a lot of depth. it isn’t a completely block colour, and when you look closely there are tiny bits of red, purple, even blue. i tried to photograph this, but it just didn’t show up properly. anyway, i designed the pattern for this coat inspired by the colour of the fabric, and then searched for a basic coat pattern to adapt. i used burda young fashion 8124 (view a), which sadly now seems to be out of print. i removed the collar and added a sash/scarf instead and frogs rather than buttons, plus the satin accent down the front. i knew the exact colour i wanted for the satin lining – hot pink shot orange – which took a while to find but works really well with the depth of colour in the shell.
surprisingly easy to make, although it was a bit scary to sew with the vintage wool. but it was actually a very easy fabric to work with, and i love having a cheery-coloured winter coat!
vintage wool, satin
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