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!
“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.