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January 30, 2013

Retro Pattern Review – Simplicity 4024

By Andrea

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 shot showing the lining. I used a polyester lining in the sleeves, just to make the coat a little easier to take on and off.

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.

And here’s Ella in her coat! She was not interested in being a cooperative model, but she is really pleased with her new coat.

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.

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5 Responses to Retro Pattern Review – Simplicity 4024

  1. Nina Reply

    January 30, 2013 at 9:42 am

    I have almost this same coat my mom made me in about 1958. She trimmed it in fur because she was a fur finisher. I also have the leggings and muff she made. All in dark cranberry my grand daughter can wear it next year

    • RetroRuth Reply

      January 30, 2013 at 12:44 pm

      Nina! I can’t wait to see that! 🙂

    • Andrea Reply

      January 30, 2013 at 4:03 pm

      Oh my goodness, Nina, that must be utterly adorable! And that is so awesome that you have it saved for your granddaughter!

  2. Sara In AZ Reply

    January 30, 2013 at 8:19 pm

    Great Job Andrea! Love that coat and Ella looks super adorable!

    • Andrea Reply

      January 31, 2013 at 12:37 am

      Thanks, Sara! Ella was super excited to wear it today, but alas, still too cold!

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