For my final project I am making a 50s style coat. I was having trouble deciding what to make for this project so I decided to make something using a method I have not used very much: sewing. For my up-cycle project I made a 50s style dress out of paper so this project will be a cool way to finish this course.
I recently watched The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel on Amazon. This show is set in the late 1950s and the main character Midge Maisel wears the most incredible dresses and coats all the time. She had one coat in particular that stood out to me:
I will be trying to recreate that coat so that I can have an awesome 50s style winter coat that I can actually wear. I am super excited about this project now that I found something I really want to make!
Here are some other 50s style coats that look like the coat I will be recreating. The main features are the really long coat with a roll collar.
I have never done any sewing that is this complex. I have used a sewing machine a few times in my life but this project has a lot more pieces and a lot more room for messing up. In order to make my final product as good as possible I watched some videos and read some articles about how to make a coat. Here are the ones that I used that have already helped me a lot:
Here is my original sketch that I made when I was still unclear what I wanted to make for this final project.
After looking at the scene in The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel when she wears the coat, I sketched the coat out with a little more detail.
Then I made some sketches with even more detail. These dimensions correspond to a 1/4 size coat.
I realized that the collar was going to be hard to figure out so I made some sketches to wrap my mind around it.
I decided to make a 1/4 size version of the coat out of paper to see if it would look right using the dimensions I had figured out. I didn’t end up making the sleeves because they would have stuck straight out if they were made of paper. This helped me figure out some problems with my sketches.
Now I am working on a 1/2 size coat but this one will be made out of fabric. I got some bad quality fabric for free and I decided to make a small version of the coat to see how it will turn out. This will help me decide what kind of fabric to buy for the final product because I will have a better grasp on my sewing abilities. If this coat turns out poorly then I will get some cheaper fabric that will still look good but won’t be super expensive, but if it turns out really well then I will consider investing in some better fabric.
So far I have made the paper cut outs and pinned them to fabric. Then I cut out the fabric with an extra allowance for the seams.
Next I will sew the coat together and add pockets. I might add an insert to the coat but that depends on how it turns out. If it is bad then I won’t bother but if it is good then I will finish it and my best friend’s daughter can wear it!
Then I will use the same process to make the full size coat!
Here is the video of my in class presentation: