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1950s orchid coat

Added Apr 20, 2011

by ladyshape

Edinburgh, Unite...






I designed and made this coat last summer. It is made from barkcloth which was popular (mainly for upholstery) from the 1940s until the 1960s. It is midi length and single breasted with a shawl collar in contrasting pique cotton. The same contrasting fabric forms the cuffs on the 3/4 length turn-up sleeves. There is a seperate yoke at the back which is lined in oyster satin. Under this is the main back piece which has a centred box pleat in both the bodice and skirt section. It has 3 buttons at the centre front as well as a self-fabric tie belt, and has in seam pockets in the side seams. The bodice section of the coat has french darts and the inside of the coat is lined in oyster satin.

Material Notes

Vintage print hawiian barkcloth in slate blue with cream and pink orchids. Oyster satin lining.




Spring, Summer, Fall
Garment Type
Beach, Classic, Romantic, Vintage
Coating, Cotton, Denim, Satin



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    May 10, 2012, 12.31 PMby furrylogic

    Oh My. God. This has to be one of the most beautiful pieces I’ve seen on Burdastyle, I would LOVE to have this in my wardrobe!

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      May 29, 2012, 07.01 PMby ladyshape

      Thank you!

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    Aug 12, 2011, 12.57 PMby Brandy Layton

    This is absolutely gorgeous, a goal to work towards for sure. Love the shoes too. I love being inspired, Thanks!

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    Apr 30, 2011, 11.32 AMby VintageFusion

    gorgeous coat i wish i could make something similar … maybe when i am a bit further ahead in skills :D

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    Apr 28, 2011, 09.57 PMby harrietbazley

    Very attractive (I’m impressed that you drafted this yourself!) and the large-scale print actually works well with the contrasting plain cuffs and collar.

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    Apr 26, 2011, 02.34 PMby loulourosa

    Lovely coat! What a print!

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    Apr 25, 2011, 06.47 AMby zaarissima

    an absolutly great pattern and beautiful work!!!

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    Apr 23, 2011, 05.02 PMby tabyaby

    Great work. Beautiful and inspiring! The collar is SO elegant! Wow.

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    Apr 22, 2011, 05.46 PMby aleah

    Wow, that’s a very bold fabric… but great!

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    Apr 22, 2011, 04.17 PMby ecila

    Just: Awesome!

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    Apr 22, 2011, 02.03 PMby daughterfish

    Love, love, love the contrasting collar! Great job!

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    Apr 22, 2011, 04.24 AMby smallone

    very lovely!!!!!!!!!!

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    Apr 22, 2011, 02.30 AMby karasumegami

    The colours of the coat looks gorgeous with you hair!

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    Apr 21, 2011, 10.45 PMby sophie11

    SImply amazing! You are very talented!

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    Apr 21, 2011, 07.22 PMby ahearta

    Gorgeous! This coat is both flattering and functional. Thanks for sharing and inspiring.

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    Apr 21, 2011, 08.06 AMby sabzarap

    This is the most feminine coat I have ever sean!!! It is so well made. I adore the clean lines, that the coat is not filled up with thousand extras, but although it is very chic. I also would appreciate a pattern, if there is any possibility.

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      Apr 22, 2011, 09.06 AMby ladyshape

      Thank you for the lovely comment. At the moment the pattern is buried in amongst a pile of books and folders so will hunt it out at some point. When I figure out how to upload patterns it is definitely a possibility. I will keep you posted.

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    Apr 21, 2011, 07.36 AMby jessdunstan

    I absolutely love it! I have to make one! Is there a possibility of you sharing the pattern?

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      Apr 22, 2011, 09.04 AMby ladyshape

      Thank you. I drafted the pattern myself and at the moment it is buried somewhere in a massive pile of folders. I have yet to figure out how to upload patterns but it is a possibility for the future. I will keep you posted.

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    Apr 21, 2011, 06.25 AMby ronnielee

    What a fabulous coat and those shoes just WOW!!1

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    Apr 21, 2011, 06.16 AMby Ralf Schmitz

    such a beautifuly made piece! i really really love this coat! adorable material!

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    Apr 21, 2011, 01.59 AMby marcy harriell | oonaballoona

    freaking wow.

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    Apr 20, 2011, 11.39 PMby imogens

    Sheer brilliance, very inspired!!

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    Apr 20, 2011, 10.41 PMby tinapickles

    This. Is. FABULOUS!

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    Apr 20, 2011, 10.22 PMby megatron

    love the pleats in the back!!!

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    Apr 20, 2011, 09.21 PMby Irina Schwab

    I love this coat, it is so well made!

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    Apr 20, 2011, 08.02 PMby sahinajerome

    This really is stunning! Wonderful, you really did a great job on this :) Major kudos.

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    Apr 20, 2011, 07.59 PMby sunnilj9

    It’s so gorgeous! To DIE for! I only wish it was mine! Utterly breathtaking!

    xoxo, Sunni

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    Apr 20, 2011, 05.58 PMby FabricUiPhoneApp

    I’ve seen barkcloth re-used in all sorts of ways…this has to be the best. Barkcloth has the right weight for a coat but rarely works well for a dress, a skirt or Heaven help us, a blouse. It’s also over-scaled which also works against it for most garments…but you’ve effectively broken the rules for an outstanding coat. I hope you’ll wear this for Easter…maybe with a sky blue cocktail hat and matching netting and gloves. You’ll be the belle of the church!

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    Apr 20, 2011, 03.58 PMby lillybeeandpaul

    wow stunning , the colors go so beautiful with the red hair, I love the shoes tooo (if we only could sew shoes :))

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    Apr 20, 2011, 03.57 PMby mandrych

    What a striking coat, really bold but beautiful.

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    Apr 20, 2011, 02.24 PMby leahfranqui

    This is amazing! So flattering and vintage yet modern enough to escape costume territory. Awesome job!

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    Apr 20, 2011, 01.49 PMby mokosha

    beautiful print.. and such a lovely coat.. now i have to make something similar :)

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