Saturday, September 25, 2010

The 1919 Coat

Trixie's Coat

Do you remember this beautiful coat, and my quandary of whether to make it for myself or my devoted and loving friend, Trixie. Well I thought you might like to see a photo of Trixie in her younger days, when she was a famous star of the theatre.

Isn't she gorgeous.

So the toile was finished and Trixie arrived for her fitting. For those of you who are unfamiliar with haute couture, and tailoring, the toile is a first cut of the pattern, cut from calico, and used to ensure that the fit and shape of the pattern is exactly right before the pattern is cut from the final fabric.

We were happy with the look of the toile, and I was fascinated by the drape and structure of the coat, which was so different to anything I had sewn before. Making this coat was going to be a great adventure, and seeing the toile on Trixie, I knew that it had to be for her.


  1. Wow she looks amazing! So can't wait to see this finished!!!

  2. What an adventure. Glad I'm along for the ride baby!

  3. Yeah and I'm the pony, giddy up gee gee! I know I can't wait to see it coming together too, I hope to do some work on it this weekend. I have to decide on the embroidery which is going to be so much fun.