Camel Coat Vintage Vogue 1083

1950s Camel Coat | Vogue 1083

February 7, 2013 · 21 comments

I don’t go clothes shopping very often, you are far more likely to find me at a Benefit makeup counter or in the Peter Jones yarn department!

At the start of the Autumn, however, it occurred to me that I needed some staple, comfy, warm winter garments and went out on a couple of trips to pick some up. The truth of the matter is that even if you knit and sew you just can’t make EVERTHING yourself.

On my travels I couldn’t help noticing gorgeous camel coats everywhere. I loved the warm neutral colour and the lovely soft fabrics.

Plus they brought to mind images of Marilyn Monroe in My week with Marilyn. I knew I had to make one but wasn’t sure on the style, alot of the ones around seemed to be cut in the Crombie style which I didn’t think would really suit me.

Then I saw the Jill Sander one below in a magazine and fell in LOVE! It reminded me a lot of one that Kate wears in, yep you guessed right, Pan Am!

Jill Sander Coat

 

Kate Pan Am Coat

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As well as being beautiful (in my opinion) this full, knee length kind of style fitted my requirements perfectly as I was in need of a winter coat that was long enough to wear over skirts and dresses.

I had a look through some Vintage patterns but ended up choosing a reproduction pattern originally from 1953: Vintage Vogue 1083.

Vogue 1083

I was lucky enough to find some lovely 100% Camel hair coating from one of my favourite online fabrics shops Truro Fabrics.

They also had a gold lining that worked really well with it, I have mentioned previously that I am a big fan of their ‘superior linings’, they are completely static free, breathable, easy to work with and they hang really nicely.

The coat calls for interlining and luckily I had some cotton flannel that I bought from The Cotton Patch left in my stash. Their flannel is lovely and as it’s primarily intended for quilting it is super duper wide! I also had JUST enough hair canvas for the front of the coat. Don’t you love it when that happens?

I decided to make up the version without the closure but to lower the neckline. I made up a calico toile of the coat in the size 6 (I would normally make up a size 8 but this looked big.) then I made the following alterations.

* I shortened the hemline by 25cm as the coat was mid calf and I wanted it knee length
* I removed 5 cm fullness from the front panel by slashing from the hemline to mid shoulder and overlapping 5cm at the hemline sloping up to 0 at the shoulder.
* I removed 10cm fullness from the back panel pattern piece in the same way. I did this at two separate points overlapping each 5cm at the hem as this is less disruptive to the shape of the pattern piece than removing hemline fullness all in one spot.
* I ignored the fish dart at the neckline and slashed and spread the outer edge of the collar 1.5cm at the back of the neck- the combination of these two alterations gave me the lower break line for the shawl collar that I wanted.
* I curved the drop shoulder down by 1.5cm on the front and back panel- this was because the drop shoulders were square and didn’t sit as smoothly as I wanted where the sleeve was attached.
* I removed 6 cm of width from the centre of the sleeves. This dealt with the amount removed from the drop shoulders but also removed the unnecessary amount of ease included in the sleeves. They were HUGE!
* I transferred these alterations back to the paper pattern pieces and then made the same alterations to the corresponding lining/ facing/ interfacing pieces.

Construction wise I followed the pattern instructions pretty closely, being a vintage reproduction it uses a lot of the traditional techniques that I love. I added pad stitching to the shawl collar and stitched the hair canvas down with cotton tape, trimming the canvas so that it didn’t extend into the seam allowances. This is a couture technique that helps to create nice flat, crisp edges.

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The facing and hem are stitched invisibly down to the inside of the coat by hand. The interlining is then stitched to the inside of the coat along all the seam lines by hand and then finally the lining is attached by hand on top of this!

Before embarking upon all this hand stitching I ran my thread through some tailor’s beeswax as this really helps prevent knots from forming in your thread. Once the coat was completed I created thread chains to loosely attach the lining to the coat at the side seams. This keeps everything hanging nicely and stops the lining twisting or riding up.

For tips on little couture techniques like this I would highly recommend Claire B Shaeffer’s book ‘Couture Sewing Techniques’.

Camel-Coat-front

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This would be a fantastic project for anyone who is interested in sewing a coat using traditional techniques but that feels they need a little more instruction than may be offered from an original vintage pattern (the instructions in these can be a little thin on the ground.). It is not however a great choice for anyone who doesn’t like hand work- consider yourself warned people!

back-of-camel-coat

camel-Coat-hair

To add a tiny bit of interest I bought a little silver vintage poodle brooch from Candy Says vintage to pop on the lapel. I love her and I think she looks right at home!

Have you ever made up a Vintage Vogue pattern? How did you find it?

Thanks for reading and a big thank you to my new followers!

Ami xxx

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summer February 7, 2013 at 11:56 pm

Beautiful job! It looks great on you.

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amelialowden February 11, 2013 at 3:00 pm

Thank you!xx
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Noelle February 8, 2013 at 12:57 am

That is so beautiful! I wish I had the patience and expertise to use all those fancy techniques. Unfortunately I’m one of those people who wants instant gratification!

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amelialowden February 11, 2013 at 3:10 pm

Aww thank you!!
Mmmmm this one was definitely a bit trying at times- I did it alongside some quickie projects tho so I still got my instant gratification fixes along the way! Hehe!Otherwise I think all the hand sewing may have driven me to distraction! :o)
Xxx
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Jane February 8, 2013 at 1:36 pm

Gorgeous coat. Makes me want to try one myself

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amelialowden February 11, 2013 at 3:24 pm

Thanks Jane! I’ve just been looking at your lovely blog! Seeing as you’re in freeeezing London too I think you should def make a coat! :o)
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Ginger February 8, 2013 at 6:43 pm

Gorgeous! What a glamorous coat!
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amelialowden February 11, 2013 at 3:24 pm

Ah thanks!! Xx
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Mrs K February 8, 2013 at 7:11 pm

Just beautiful! Great workmanship.

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amelialowden February 11, 2013 at 3:25 pm

Thank you! :o) Xx
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susan February 9, 2013 at 8:22 am

Your coat really does look like you should be waving to the cameras as you climb down the aircraft steps (back in the days when air travel was glamorous!). Love the bag, too.

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amelialowden February 11, 2013 at 3:29 pm

Aw thank you soo much, I love that! hehe!! Xx
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Ann Sinclair/Annie-S-1 February 9, 2013 at 5:11 pm

What a beautiful coat and again the fabric is gorgeous. I love this pattern and have looked at it many times but was worried that it might look just too full for practical wear. I’m just in awe of your confidence in making quite significant alterations which work so well.

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amelialowden February 11, 2013 at 3:33 pm

Ah thank you so much, that’s such a lovely comment! It really did seem VERY full by todays standards so your instincts were bang on! Its still quite a baggy style for me to be honest- definitely taking a bit of getting used to! Xx
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Jessica Vealitzek March 4, 2013 at 4:21 pm

Love that coat!
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Ami March 16, 2013 at 8:41 pm

Thanks Jessica! :)
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Krista March 13, 2013 at 12:15 am

This coat…. I die!!!!! Amazing. Truly.

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Ami March 16, 2013 at 8:42 pm

Thank you Krista! :)
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Samantha October 7, 2013 at 2:51 pm

So pretty! I’m having trouble finding camel hair fabric. The only one I found online was $130/yd! Did you use 100% camel hair, and about how much did you pay per yard if you don’t mind me asking? I don’t want to buy the ultra-luxury kind nor a cheap knock off, either.

Thank you! I’m so impressed, it’s really lovely.

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amelialowden October 7, 2013 at 2:57 pm

Hi Samantha, thanks so much! :)
I only paid £30 a metre and mine is 100% camel hair- it’s from a UK based website called Truro fabrics so I’m sure that’s not too much use to you!- sorry! Keep looking though as I’m sure there must be some less expensive options available in the U.S. too!- alpaca is another very similar alternative. Good luck and happy sewing :)
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Lucy March 8, 2014 at 9:03 pm

Hi Ami!
That coat is just perfect, I am in awe!
Out of interest- how many metres of fabric did you use for that length? xx

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