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Baby you can drive my car

Added May 30, 2013

by alekat

Sydney, Australia






I’ve been working on this early 60s coat for awhile and I finished the hand stitching this weekend.

Initially it had a collar but I didn’t have enough fabric to make a full front facing so off came the collar!

The fit is similar to the 50s style car coats – it’s shapeless and only has 2 small darts at the back to stop it looking too sack like. The pattern I used was Butterick 2624

I modified the coat pattern so it had longer sleeves, more room in the hips and added some pockets.

I bound the edges with Bias tape and the realised I’d sewn the facings wrong so in the top corner the bias goes all the way to the edge – not quite right but the coat is not meant to worn with the lapel open. I added a hook and eye to keep it closed on windy days.

The fabric is a brocade from Tessuti’s in Surrey hills. It was pretty nice to work with and holds its shape pretty well.

I chose not to line is so that I can wear it in Spring and summer when it’s freezing in the office but boiling hot outside!

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Material Notes

Black and Orange brocade




Spring, Fall
Garment Type
Business, Classic, Vintage

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    Jun 29, 2013, 01.15 PMby MiaSophie

    Such a lovley coat! You have such a lovley 60ies style.

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    Jun 2, 2013, 10.03 AMby pampula

    wonderful coat, you look very chic!

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      Jun 3, 2013, 12.12 AMby alekat

      Thank you! I’ve never had my sewing described as chic!

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    Jun 1, 2013, 03.20 PMby ceejay1344

    I love this coat. You did a wonderful job sewing it. I recently bought a couple of vintage patterns at a thrift store both had jackets in styles I love. I look forward to making them. Hope I am as successful as you were.

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      Jun 3, 2013, 12.14 AMby alekat

      I love finding good patterns at the thrift store. Normally i can only find 80s or 90s patterns. Good luck with your sewing I hope to see them on Burdastyle!

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    May 31, 2013, 05.16 AMby smallone

    OMG double treble favoriting absolutely love this!!!!!

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    • Catherine_a-01_large

      May 31, 2013, 12.02 PMby alekat

      =D Thank you!

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    May 30, 2013, 09.59 PMby schnui

    Beautiful!!! Don’t you just love Tessuti fabrics???

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      May 31, 2013, 12.08 PMby alekat

      Yeah! they are great! i wish there was one closer to my work or house so i didnt have to make special trips!

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    May 30, 2013, 09.52 PMby Noalarm Fakeplastic


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    • Catherine_a-01_large

      May 31, 2013, 12.09 PMby alekat


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    May 30, 2013, 07.05 PMby mixtlii


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    • Catherine_a-01_large

      May 31, 2013, 12.09 PMby alekat

      Haha thanks!

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    May 30, 2013, 06.53 PMby Debbie Alli

    Beautiful! And the fabric is divine too.

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    • Catherine_a-01_large

      May 31, 2013, 12.34 PMby alekat

      Thank you so much!

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    May 30, 2013, 03.45 PMby Elina Belova

    Looks very nice. I like the colors and the quality looks good even with the wrong finished facings.

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    • Catherine_a-01_large

      May 31, 2013, 12.29 PMby alekat

      Thanks! Yes i was a little worried but its ok in the end!

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    May 30, 2013, 03.36 PMby cathysews

    I love your clothes! It’s a fantastic coat….looks great.

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    • Catherine_a-01_large

      May 31, 2013, 12.35 PMby alekat

      Thank you! xo

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    May 30, 2013, 12.58 PMby Mary Athey

    wow!, its fabulous. i have a similiar pattern to yours. i bought a pile of vintage patterns in a job lot of ebay. the fabrics a brillant choice as well. love this x

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      May 31, 2013, 12.35 PMby alekat

      Its a great pattern! very versatile and it can be modified and changed into other things

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