1940s-inspired Winter Princess Coat

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Faux fur, wool blend and lining.

I started this project last winter, and this year in March I finally finished it. I had wanted to make a pretty winter coat for ages, but the real inspiration came when I found the fantastic  lining on sale. The choice of fabric and faux fur after that was all to match the lining (don’t you usually do it the other way round?^^). It took me forever of looking at patterns and pictures of 1940s princess coats to finally decide on the cut. An then many fitting and remodellings before I was satisfied with the silhouette. It ended up more as more of a 1940s+Victorian mix, but hey, I like both periods! I drafted everything myself from modified dress and sleeve pattern pieces. And yay, the hat from my Clara Oswin Oswald Governess Cosplay matches!

1950s dress underneath and late 1940s shoes on my feet!

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The fur collar can be wrapped around the neck.

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Metal zipper on the side ends at the waist.

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Pleats make the sleeves puff out.

1940s “Diamond Dresses”

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“Diamond dress” cut shown with Paint.

IMG_1261“Diamond dress” is a term of my invention to refer to dresses with this type of cut, as seen on the left. I like it so much I made two dresses out of the same pattern, with minor differences. All drafted by me with inspiration from authentic patterns form the 1940s, my favourite vintage era. I love the slim hourglass shape. The black one is made of a very sheer wool blend. It is gathered below the bust and has long sleeves.

 

 

 

IMG_1535The red one is made of viscose. It has pleats that meet at the bust and short sleeves.With both dresses I wear a brooch I inherited from my grand mother. I think it may actually be from the 1940s.

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Diamond-shaped brooch.