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Simplicity Dress & Coat 1197 (out of print)


Description: Misses’ Vintage Dress and Lined Coat

Misses’ vintage 1960’s dress features a contrast neck band and front, and optional belt. Pattern also includes lined button front coat with collar and pockets. Simplicity sewing pattern.

out of print

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Cottons / Chambray / Lawn / Quilting, Jacquard / Brocade, Linen, Rayon / Viscose / Crepe, Wools / Suiting


UK 6 / US 2 / EU 34, UK 8 / US 4 / EU 36, UK 10 / US 6 / EU 38, UK 12 / US 8 / EU 40, UK 14 / US 10 / EU 42, UK 16 / US 12 / EU 44, UK 18 / US 14 / EU 46, UK 20 / US 16 / EU 48, UK 22 / US 18 / EU 50, UK 24 / US 20 / EU 52

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  1. One person found this helpful


    This pattern was pretty straightforward. The instructions for the pockets aren’t very well written and the coat has too much ease if you go by body measurements, which is to be expected. I looked at the finished coat bust measurement
    for this style and chose a size 10 based on that and I’m happy with the fit. The coat came up far too long on me, I’m about 165cm so I shortened it at least 6cm or more.

    I used a very loose weave DKNY wool, which was so unstable I decided to use a fleece-like iron on interfacing to prevent fraying and make it easier to work with. For the lining I used a matching bright orange batiste cotton. To add warmth, I used a cotton curtain insulation as interlining and I hand sewed horse hair canvas into the collar and lapels for structure. There were too many layers for my machine to sew button holes so I went over them by hand.

    It was a lot of work because of the fabrics I chose but I’m very happy with the final result so it was all worth it. I love the 1960’s swing coat style and the bright colours.

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    Simplicity Dress & Coat 1197


    This is a great coat pattern if you like the signature 60s shape.
    According to the pattern measurements at the back I should have cut size 12 but when I checked the finished garment measurements I knew I had to size down – and I cut 3 sizes smaller. There is still loads of ease. I also shortened the hem as the knee length isn’t very flattering on me with such a loose shape.

    It comes together very quickly and you don’t have to worry about the puckering sleeves – raglan sleeves for the win! If you’re more of a beginner than you can always skip the welt pockets and add in-seam pockets or patch pockets, the rest of the coat is very easy.

    I really wanted a statement bow but to make it more versatile I put it on a pin. I made a belt too, looks like good with skinny jeans or black trousers.

    The fabric is absolutely gorgeous. It’s Italian wool, I got it from Minerva Crafts and absolutely love it. It has stretch to it too which makes it very comfortable.

    I highly recommend this pattern just be aware of the big ease which might look a bit OTT, especially on the sleeves.

    I will definitely make it again.

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