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Starter’s orders

January 20, 2010


Myrtle stood at the side of the running track with the other wives and girlfriends, trim in her light grey spring coat and coral hat and scarf. Ah, there was the starter’s pistol- they were off. But poor Charlie! Nature had not made him one of life’s natural sprinters. He lacked a certain…. well, swiftness of foot. She’d better go and commiserate- she could cash her betting slip in later. There was no need to tell Charlie that she’d just made a tidy sum by betting on his rival, Tommy “Speedster” Tucker….

Isn’t this just the perfect example of how glamorous the 1930s were? Ah, a decade when an overcoat wasn’t just something you threw on to keep you warm, but an event in itself. This design even thoughtfully includes a pattern for the finishing touch- a jaunty little neck scarf. And did you notice the sleeve detail? If you peer closely at the black and white line drawings you can just see that the sleeve fullness is cunningly pleated into the shoulder yoke. I think if I was making this I’d consider making a shorter version- I wonder if a version that ends at low hip would work? Not that I will be making it, though, as it’s up for sale now in the Etsy store as part of this week’s update. Hurrah!

Click on the pic for the listing…


2 Comments leave one →
  1. Lauren permalink
    January 20, 2010 6:16 pm

    OH MY GOSH! That is fabulous. Added to my favorites for sure. *drool*

  2. Nathalie permalink
    January 21, 2010 5:57 pm

    Isn’t that sleeve detailing wonderful!

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