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1934 polo coat

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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.

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

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  1. Ceeayche | | #1

    Your coat is very pretty. Just a comment on the practicality of length. I have a beautiful wool duster that is full length. I'm taller than you, and the coat is about 2 inches off the floor. Though I love the coat, I now only wear it to formal events once or twice a year (for many years the brides at my church used it to get into the church during inclement weather). But it wasn't good for normal wear because even with heels it really was too long. The hem stayed filthy and it would get caught in everything: car doors, metro escalators, etc. And, when I am walking in the snow it dragged along the surface. So maybe your inclination to shorten wasn't far off.

  2. moushka | | #2

    Stunning coat. Your sewing talents are terrific. I've enjoyed all your fabulous garments.

  3. CellarSewer | | #3

    I LOVE this coat. In fact, I love all of your projects. I have the blazer pattern and you have inspired me to give it a go. Right now, I'm looking for your other patterns. I'm 5'2" myself so I understand your concern for the lengths.

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