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Dangerous back-fullness

October 15, 2009

A stroll with Lucy through the glass and china section of Bendicks department store was always unbearably exciting, Sheila thought bitterly. Lucy would insist on parading around in her new swing coat, and every time she turned Sheila was left frantically fielding falling glassware. Should she tell Lucy about the magic of simple button-on half-belts? Maybe later, for, great heavens!, Lucy and her dangerous back-fullness were sailing ominously towards the Royal Doulton. If only she could get them both out of there before Lucy went anywhere near the Waterford Crystal…

I’ve always liked the idea of 1950s swing or swagger coats, but thought that for practicality they wouldn’t be “lifestyle appropriate” for me. Although they always look comfortably roomy and stylish, that’s a lot of fabric to have behind you (although I bet very warm). So I love this 1950s pattern by Simplicity, which cunningly allows you to gather in that back fullness with a half-belt that simply buttons on. Ingenious. (I also love the way the model on the left is wearing her tweedy version with the collar nonchalantly turned up). This coat pattern is now up in my Etsy store, along with a couple of others below. Happy pattern Thursday :)

2 Comments leave one →
  1. October 18, 2009 11:23 pm

    Those coats looks super chic and cosy (two things not often found together in clothes, I find). I have a 40s style tweed swing coat, and it’s like wearing a blanket. Extremely heavy but gloriously warm!

  2. Lindyhopper permalink
    October 19, 2009 10:59 am

    Sitting here snuggled up in several layers these coats look soooooooo warm, but what a lot of material!

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