>A New to Me 1930s Coat


Remember the 1930s coat I was making from the Vintage Pattern Lending Library pattern?  Well, today I met and bought it’s twin.  Sure, they’re a little different but the design of the collar and cuff accents are so similar- even in color and tone to what I am making my coat out of!  It’s taken the wind out of my sails a bit for my sewing project because it’s so similar, but this one is finished!

 The coat really is in exquisite condition for it’s age.  It most certainly dates to the earlier part of the 1930s and is an interesting weave- the fabric feels like mohair and it’s woven into a corduroy like design with a nap.  I am completely amazed that I can find NO moth holes in it- it looks like it was rarely worn- so I knew it had to come home with me.  I found this at an estate of a family who moved to California in the 1950s- apparently they owned a restaurant out here and were interested in all sorts of medical quack type things- I believe the man was a doctor.  Kind of a bit of fun history of the lives of the past owners.
I think the coat was modified a bit- but nothing outrageous.  I have a suspicion it might have been shortened at one point and the buttons changed out.  It has the layered button thing that was so popular in the wartime 1940s- and I also found a 1940s hat that had been pinned with matching fur decoration over the past decoration of sequins.

Without a doubt my favorite part is the convertible collar.  It can hook and eye to one side and button on the other to be snug at the neck, leave part of the collar close around the neck and let the other flap hang down, or leave both flaps open.  So fun!  And it was very cleverly designed so that the buttons fasten between the join of the fur and the wool- both are finished independently so there’s a slit for the button to pass through.

The construction of the side back pieces are interesting- with a seam line going across the piece near the waist that meets the side dart from the front coat to make a bit of a deco style interest.  The inside of the coat fastens as is normal for a lot of 1930s coats- with ties made from the lining fabric that loop through a little wool loop attached to the coat.  You could tie it snugly or a little loosely- whichever hung best.   I also love the plaid lining! It feels like a taffeta.  Very pretty!

Thought you all might enjoy seeing pictures of my latest vintage find! Maybe if you’ve got a coat you’re in the process of making you can use some of the little details as inspiration.
Happy Thursday!

7 Comments on >A New to Me 1930s Coat

  1. Iz bakinog ormara
    January 13, 2011 at 9:19 pm (14 years ago)

    >Oh, how sylish! Very elegant.

  2. garofit
    January 13, 2011 at 9:26 pm (14 years ago)

    >Wow, love the collar!

  3. Beth
    January 13, 2011 at 9:29 pm (14 years ago)

    >Great find! Love the fur on the sleeve. What's the layered button thing you mention – it is 2 buttons stacked, then sewn together as one? I dont remember seeing that before, very cool.Thanks for sharing such detailed pictures!

  4. Lauren
    January 13, 2011 at 9:34 pm (14 years ago)

    >Thanks, gals!Beth, yes it's two stacked and then sewn. One looks painted gray on top of a larger black button. I had a similar thing done on a homemade 40s dress I sold not that long ago. Kinda a neat way to dress up an old frock on the cheap :)

  5. Debi
    January 13, 2011 at 9:47 pm (14 years ago)

    >Ohhh! I love this! What a great find and very serendipitous!

  6. BaronessVonVintage
    January 13, 2011 at 10:53 pm (14 years ago)

    >how neaaaaat! clearly, it was meant to be yours!

  7. Lisa
    January 13, 2011 at 11:31 pm (14 years ago)

    >That convertible collar is killing me. Now THAT'S a tongue twister. What a find!

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