January 30, 2013Retro Pattern Review – Simplicity 4024
Here I was last week, promising to bring you some retro pattern reviews with patterns for other pattern companies. What do I do? I bring you another Simplicity one! I am thinking that around these parts at least, Simplicity was definitely the more popular pattern, as I definitely have far more of them in my collection than any other brand.
So, this week, I bring you Simplicity 4024, which is for a girl’s coat:
This pattern dates to 1952.
I was looking to make a coat for Ella for the time here where it’s not quite spring, but the super thick and puffy winter coat isn’t suitable either. Although the pattern calls for more traditional coating fabrics, I decided to make it out of polar fleece, with a soft cotton interlock lining.
Here’s the finished coat! In hindsight, I probably should have used a less busy print, as with the princess seaming on the coat, it kind of emphasizes the busy-ness. I also didn’t add the faux pocket flaps, simply because they were missing from my pattern. This was probably for the better though.
Here’s a close up of the buttons, which are vintage. I like that they echo the flower print of the coat. Nothing makes me happier to come across a big jar of buttons at a garage sale! That’s how I’ve built up most of my button stash.
This pattern sewed up easily, and was fairly quick for a lined coat – I finished it in approximately 4 hours or so. I made it in the size 4 as the pattern was, without any alterations, and it fits quite comparable to today’s size 4.
Ironically, the day I finished sewing this, it was -42C with the windchill! Ella’s going to have to wait a little while before she wear her coat out.