1934 polo coat
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Vintage pattern McCall 7842, published 1934. I was enchanted by the pattern illustration, but the result was not so great. Could this pattern be adjusted to suit me? See more photos and commentary on Getting Things Sewn at http://gettingthingssewn.com/what-workswhat-doesnt-mccall-7842-coat-1934/
My first time sewing this pattern: a "wearable test," as my sewing teacher would say. On me the belt can be cinched more closely so the coat doesn't look so "bathrobey." I'm 5'2" and shortened the pattern about 7 inches so it wouldn't drag on the ground. But I now think that the coat should be as long as I can possibly make it without being overwhelmed. Those lapels and belt need to be balanced by length. Even the two muslins I made did not tell me that.
I should say something about the fabric. It's snuggly, like a warm blanket--excellent for Minnesota winters--but it is bulky, too. A more tightly-woven, lighter fabric would probably make the sillhouette a bit narrower and longer. Next time I sew this coat I will make the belt a bit narrower--better for my proportions.
I topstitched the lapels to resemble the pattern illustration.
Vintage pattern, McCall 7842, from 1934. I love the outsize lapels of mid-1930s jackets and coats.