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1944 Pink Wool Coat

Added Nov 28, 2011

by Peter Lappin

New York, United...






I made this coat or “topper” from Butterick 2969, a vintage pattern from 1944 I bought on Etsy. It makes a loose-fitting 3/4-length woman’s coat, also known as a topper. I made it from an old wool blanket (see pic). The facings and collar are interfaced with hair canvas. I decided to retain the original blanket stitching at the cuffs and hem, in honor of the fabric’s original purpose.

The coat is part of my November 1944 Outfit Project, that included a jumper and blouse (Hollywood 1321). It is modeled by my cousin Cathy, sporting a new Lana Turner-inspired look.

You can see more pics of the coat via my blog, Male Pattern Boldness.

Material Notes

The coat is made from a “dusty rose” pink wool blanket edged in green yarn blanket stitches. The coat is lined with poly crepe-backed satin.




Fall, Winter
Garment Type

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    Feb 7, 2012, 10.04 AMby buddingnaturalist

    Ah Cathy, such a pleasure to behold.

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    Nov 30, 2011, 07.16 PMby Marina von Koenig

    Yay, Peter! I am Cathy’s biggest fan! You nailed the look!


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    Nov 30, 2011, 05.28 PMby MaggieMoise

    really nice, I LOVE the muff, it’s so cute, did you do a post on the muff? is it faux fur or real?

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      Nov 30, 2011, 05.31 PMby Peter Lappin

      At first I assumed it was faux, but then people were telling me it was real — sheared rabbit or something. I paid $3 for it at the flea market: couldn’t resist!

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    Nov 30, 2011, 04.59 PMby janene

    I knew this was going to be beautiful! Amazing work. Cathy you look gorgeous!

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    Nov 30, 2011, 04.56 PMby WagDoll

    Cousin Cathy you look gorgeous! Peter your work is just fab!

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    Nov 29, 2011, 07.45 PMby janul

    Oh man, you´re incredible :). I love the colour, and I´d love a coat of this exact shade too… If you didn´t tell I wouldn´t have guessed it´s made from a blanket.

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    Nov 29, 2011, 05.47 PMby grainline

    Best looking blanket turned topper I’ve ever seen! loving the muff as well

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    Nov 29, 2011, 12.01 PMby Peter Lappin

    Thanks, guys! Yes, yes, a rather ratty old blanket at that!

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    Nov 29, 2011, 09.06 AMby loulourosa

    Lovely coat and outfit! And this coat was made out of a blanket?

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    Nov 29, 2011, 07.28 AMby Ralf Schmitz

    love love love it all! she looks great, the coat is divine and the styling is to die for!

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    Nov 29, 2011, 06.22 AMby renaissancemedici

    Pink and grey= the perfect combination. You’ll make me start on a mini 1940s wardrobe, something I’ve always dreamed of having. This is great style.

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    Nov 29, 2011, 02.50 AMby mollykatherine

    Love it! Fab Snood too :) xx

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    Nov 28, 2011, 10.09 PMby Testosterone

    Cathy Lane in 2012.

    She’d put the military in thrifted ensembles, give the treasury pocket change to operate on, and get us to become a fashionable nation merely by her example.

    I wonder how she’d look in a pantsuit?

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    Nov 28, 2011, 07.36 PMby freakusbzzz

    Cathy you look divine!

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