Vintage Clothing Repair Project
I picked up this rather spiffing coat the other day. I was instantly drawn to the colour and weave. It’s slightly A-line in shape with wide sleeves, and I love the colours – navy-blue mixed with soft beige and cream. It’s very easy on the eye.
Going by the texture and feel of the fabric, I thought it might be wool and I was right. The label reads: Fine Woollens Woven in Scotland, Pure New Wool. I recently sold a jacket with the exact same label as this although it dated c.1980s. My new coat dates a little earlier.
The famous woolmark symbol was designed in 1964 by Italian graphic artist, Francesco Saroglia. It’s used in garments made only from 100% wool. The other symbols shown below include the ‘Woolmark Blend’, used for products containing a minimum of 50% new wool, and the ‘Woolblend’, used for products with 30-49% new wool. More info from The Woolmark Company website.
It was only when I got my coat home that I realised the buttons were all wrong. They had looked navy-blue, but when I checked them again in full daylight, the buttons were actually purple. Prior to buying the coat I had also spotted a small hole in the collar, but I knew I could fix that easily, providing I had the same colour thread in my sewing box.
I was hoping to find replacement buttons in my large stash of spares. I’ve collected so many over the years but alas, I didn’t have exactly what I was looking for. I needed eight buttons in total; six for the bodice and two smaller ones for each cuff. Undeterred, I went along to my local sewing and haberdashery shop in Didsbury. They didn’t have navy-blue buttons that were large enough so I found a nice alternative. I also found the exact colour of thread I was looking for and here are the finished results. What do you think?
Sadly, the coat is too big for me otherwise it would definitely be a keeper! It’s currently available from the website, so please stop by and see if there’s anything else I can tempt you with.