New Project: Lolita Swing Coat

DIY little princess swing coat

At long last, I finally found a pattern I am happy with to begin making a sweet lolita winter coat.  A few years ago I feel in love with Baby the Stars Shine Bright’s Little Princess coat.  It is the perfect shade of pink and has just enough lace without going overboard.  Baby’s coat is made out of mostly polyester but mine will be made of wool.

I had a very fruitful pattern search on Etsy which pulled up Simplicity Pattern 4260 from the 1960’s.  It won’t be an exact match but the pattern has the right core elements.  Here are the changes I am expecting to make:

  • Lengthen the sleeves from 3/4 to full length
  • Add cuffs to the sleeves
  • Alter the collar to be a more rounded peter pan shape
  • Round the bottom corners of the pockets

The back of the Simplicity pattern I like much better than the BTSSB inspiration piece.  Baby went wild with a bustle back which I think must be a pain in the you-know-what to sit on.  And as this is a winter coat I plan on wearing it while driving and riding public transit so want to be comfortable.  Besides there is already enough to deal with the petticoat and other frou-frou trimmings going on beneath the coat.

diy winter lolita coat materials list

This will be my first time working with wool.  While I am a bit nervous I am also excited to work with a new material.  I found the wool on and the lace and ribbon all came from the NYC Fashion District.  Also planning on using a button kit but not sure how well that will work with thick wool.  We shale see.

P.S.  The wool connection also has a pink and white plaid wool… which would make an awesome short coat too!

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2 Responses to New Project: Lolita Swing Coat

  1. Jaie says:

    Hi, glad you liked the pattern!! One of the reasons I had grabbed it was not just it’s Mad Men look, but yes, you are right, it has a perfectly Lolita-able base to work with to create a great BTSSB replica. I just wish it fit my gigantic bust!!

    • Sheri says:

      Hi Jaie – such a great pattern isn’t it. Admittedly I too am a bit worried about fitting the girls in there. So am going to try it out in muslin and see if I need to make adjustments before cutting the wool. Now if I can just get my power back on after the Storm, I would be a sewing maniac. Hugs, Sheri

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