I got this last year from a freecycler, she was brilliant, it was near Christmas and outside their house instead of lights or decorations they had handmade christmassy bunting, something I plan to copy. The coat is around 1940s and such a flattering shape, I LOVE it.
However it needs a bit of work, the buttons are not original and there are only two of them so rather than try to match them (as it’s not that nice) I bought some lovely faceted jet buttons from ebay – ooh pretty…(the photo doesn’t do them justice)
I also need to re-line it, it has a brown silk at the moment which is rather threadbare and ripped in places. The woman who gave it to me had done a pretty good repair job but I would really like to restore it to it’s deserving glory. I was thinking I would buy some silk to do this but I have no idea how to cut out a pattern for it (any help appreciated!).
I really want to wear it this winter but it needs sorting out first so here are a selection of fabrics I have selected – vote now for your favourite: