I love vintage coats. In a weird way they speak more to me of vintage glamour and the lifestyle than evening dresses do, because everyone needed to wear a coat, not everyone needed an evening dress.
Here are my favourite vintage coat patterns from my stash.
First, a fabulous late 1940s coat. Love the swing, the collar, the cuffs, the massive exaggeration of everything! I’m in the midst of making this up in black and white plaid – I’ll show you soon.
For more fabulous mid-century swingy-ness, you can’t beat this coat. Front, back, collar and cuffs, one button, and you have a coat. So simple, and yet so stylish. Especially if you wear it with a little birdcage veil!
Keeping with the swing thing, I love how simple and elegant this coat is. No collar, no cuffs, but it still has pockets, and that wonderful sense of luxurious ease that a really roomy coat gives.
A good collar does make a coat though. I particularly love the high collar of view one of this coat. Can’t you just imagine Jean Shrimpton or Twiggy modelling it?
Is it bad that I really want it in leopard print faux fur?
The other allure to vintage coat patterns is the colour. I mean, this one comes in cobalt blue, bottle green, and fuchsia. How could I not think it was utterly fabulous? And those topstiching details on the collar? Too cute. Alas, the pattern envelope is in terrible condition, but mine is the only image I could fine, and I promise I didn’t do that to the pattern. It looked like that when I got it.
Not such a fan of those colours? What about aqua? Wouldn’t an aqua coat be truly wonderful? Someone must make this up in aqua!
While colour is fabulous, black and white is also evocative, and all the vintage ‘designer originals’ from the 60’s are oh-so-scrumptious. Which is why (drumroll here) this was the pattern I used for my first coat. Yes! I found it!
Check out the scrummy details in the sketch:
Moving from Paris to London, I have this Vogue Couturier Design by Ronald Paterson. I remember when I went to make my coat I vacillated back and forth between this one and the 2092 for ages. Pity that 1666 doesn’t include a pattern for the crazy hat shown in the photo and the sketch!
And finally, I don’t think and round up of coat fabulousness would be complete without at least one trench coat. I like this one. Minimal details, but that brilliant back pleat, and that hood! Ooooh…that hood! It’s a great coat pattern for a less experienced seamstress – enough of a challenge to be interesting, but not too many tricky bits.