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February 9th, 2000 at 3:42 pm

Parisienne Coat

in: Sewing
Parisienne Coat
Garment Photo

Pattern Photo

Pattern Company: Decades of Style

Pattern Number: 3101
Pattern Name: 1931 Parisienne Coat.

Pattern Description:
Just look at this coat!! It is nothing short of stunning and versatile too! Yet again, we can see this vintage garment fitting easily into either formal or casual situations depending on the fabric you use. This vintage pattern from 1931 was based on a French couture garment and the design has stood the test of time.

The coat is unlined and has a series of shaped tucks on the sleeve that add extra panache to the elegant bell shape of the sleeve. It has a clutch closure in the front so the coat has lots of ease around the body. The shoulders and sleeves are a more true fit (so don’t downsize or it might end up being to tight for your liking.) The oversized collar can be made from contrasting fabric like perhaps a fabulous faux fur. There is an optional flounce for the bottom edge.

Pattern Sizing:
Bust size 30-46. I made a 44. I did NOT do an FBA, but I need to add a center back seam so the coat doesn’t get hung up on my butt which protrudes. The coat fits fine.

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Yes, except that my collar is much more floppy, probably because my fabric is floppy.

Were the instructions easy to follow?
Yes. They were very clear. The pattern is quite simple.

I did have to run an ease line on the sleeves. It’s not a biggie, but a beginner might not know that it is necessary, and this detail was not in the directions.

I could have used more detail on how to attach/finish the collar. I have a terrible time getting the points pointy at the tip.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I love the look. I think it is very elegant.

I thought I was going to love the flounce, but I don’t care for it at all.

Fabric Used:
A heavy-ish rayon from Joann’s. This is a toile fabric. I want to make it up in fleece with a contrast collar.

Pattern Alterations or any design changes you made:
I didn’t hem the flounce. I wanted it to be very long, and it is. I shortened the sleeve by 1/2 inch (1 cm).

I think I will lengthen the back (so my butt doesn’t hang out), omit the flounce, and I will definitely add a center back seam in the next one.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
I’m going to sew it again. I even have the fabric comes picked out.

I do recommend it for others. It’s very easy.

This is a quick, fun, easy top to make.

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