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Added Aug 18, 2009

by alekat

Sydney, Australia






This coat sat on my chair all cut and ready to be sewn for 2 MONTHS! The instructions were so intimidatingly confusing that I just stared at them every now and then trying to make sense!

In the end after going through Burdastyle looking at the photos closely and studying the notes, it finally made sense. In the end I threw them away and followed intuition.

And now I have this lovely coat to show for it; in its lovely warm copper colour. It was supposed to be ready for winter but that will be over in 2 weeks. So here’s to spring!

see more at my blog Sewing The 60s

Material Notes

heavy cotton/ spandex




Garment Type

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    Sep 26, 2010, 09.47 PMby adrie00

    Wow this is amazing! It looks per-fect! You are so inspiring. I’ve been looking everywhere for a properly water-proof raincoat, but haven’t had any luck and now I’m thinking I’m going to have to make it myself!

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      Nov 10, 2010, 10.09 AMby alekat

      hey thanks! i didn’t use raincoat material but im sure you could! just try to interpret the instructions the best you can

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    Nov 1, 2009, 11.21 AMby msgems

    Hi everyone Where did you all find raincoat material? I am really struggling to find any. Help?

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      Jul 15, 2010, 08.08 PMby graveflower

      You will be looking for vinyl laminated fabric. It may be called, “laminate.” Or you can buy iron-on vinyl laminate to make your favorite fabric into a raincoat. This is called heat n bond iron on vinyl. I just did a search on fabric.com for “laminated.”

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    Oct 7, 2009, 06.19 PMby christine-1

    your pictures really make me want to get started right away. I love the colour you chose, and yay for chucking the instructions in the bin, they can be so confusing for pretty simple processes. I love thin coats, they’re the best!

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    Sep 9, 2009, 02.03 PMby florean-fortescue

    I just started making a coat too so I have the same problem, theres always next winter i suppose

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    Aug 29, 2009, 11.47 AMby zozowahine

    CUTE!!!!!!!!!!!!! I love it, fabulous colour, fit and manufacture. I can’t believe you ‘doused’ the instructions!

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      Sep 5, 2009, 12.52 AMby alekat

      thanks! if you read the instructions you’d want to skip them too. its like you have to decode it first.

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    Aug 24, 2009, 09.54 PMby nikkishell

    It is fabulous and looks even better in real life! You did a fabulous job. Colette and I talked about it all week :)

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      Aug 25, 2009, 12.35 AMby alekat

      aw shucks!

      thanks for Wednesday again. i hope the rest of the show went well.
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    Aug 24, 2009, 08.38 AMby yolimba

    This is just fabulous, I’m speechless. Wow!!

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    Aug 20, 2009, 03.52 AMby lunatepetal

    whoa! looks fantastic on you!! great job :)

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    Aug 18, 2009, 07.54 PMby britynn89

    wow this such a beautiful coat!! I love the big buttons and all the details ;) you did a great job!

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    Aug 18, 2009, 06.47 PMby susanne2011

    It’s looking awesome! That would probably also be very cool with a hood instead of a colar.

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    Aug 18, 2009, 04.21 PMby calicocouture

    I like this a lot! The color is very pretty too.

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    Aug 18, 2009, 02.11 PMby jeffrey

    awesome, I love your coat. It suits you so well and it has such a professional finish. well done

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    Aug 18, 2009, 12.54 PMby hellagabrielle

    My Alden has also been sitting all cut out and ready to sew for about that long. You’ve totally inspired me to finish it.

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    Aug 18, 2009, 10.25 AMby hannnc

    I am making a Jorinde jacket right now, and there’s no pictures to the instructions and it’s not written very well (i think earlier patterns weren’t written as well as the new ones) and i too am intimidated & confused! I definitely feel like throwing away the instructions.. the first few have made sense now but each new sentence is a challenge lol. Good on you for going with your gut, it obviously worked! Your coat is so nice, i feel like making another one but i know it’s a bit silly (winters gone, august is being so beautiful right now!) Congrats, i love it :)

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    Aug 18, 2009, 08.52 AMby julietta

    Love your coat! I have been eyeing this pattern for quite some time and seeing your version convinces me even more that I need a coat like that :-)

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