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Topic: Pattern for a duster - Or how would YOU go about making one?  (Read 1590 times)
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« on: July 16, 2009 10:37:09 AM »

So. I want a duster/super long trenchcoat. Two reasons really. I love the look of them, always have. I think in a light brown it would be an awesome statement without looking overdone. I also want to do something steampunk for Haloween, and this would be the best part of the outfit I think. But really, I just want one.

One problem, I can't find a good pattern! I want something somewhat tailored to my waist, because I think it would hang well. These are popular in movies, but seemingly not in great demand to be actually made. I've managed to find a few boxy cowboy types, but I'm really thinking more Doctor Who or like the lead female off of Bank Job. I found a picture of Doctor Who, but I can't find a good one of the coat at the end of the Bank Job. Trust me, it's awesome.

Anyway, I'm in love with this duster and others like it. Of course, if I could figure out a way to make the sexy man inside of the coat I'd be all over it, but I guess I'll have to settle for the coat alone. Does anybody know of where I could find a pattern, or how they would go about making there own?

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« Reply #1 on: July 16, 2009 10:42:00 AM »

I would suggest the Simplicity Costume pattern #5386.  The pattern is sized well, easy to modify, and goes together really easily.  It's the Matrix coat, so the collar would have to be modified but I really liked the shaping they put into it.  It fits well on both women and men.
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« Reply #2 on: July 16, 2009 11:12:54 AM »

I'm a pretty newbie seamstress, but could you find a pattern for a regular jacket, and then just extend the back? I'm not sure how this would work, though, because women's jackets are pretty tailored, so maybe extend a men's pattern? Just my two cents.  Wink

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« Reply #3 on: July 16, 2009 11:30:53 AM »

Depending on your particular build you might be better off with a coat pattern tailored specifically for a woman than with a unisex or men's one.  (I still weep inside over the gorgeous perfect mint condition vintage East German winter overcoat I bought for a mere $20 that fit like a glove... but wouldn't button over my chest.  My male roommate wears it now.)

<a href="http://www.mccallpattern.com/item/M5767.htm?tab=jackets_coats&page=2">this</a> and <a href="http://www.mccallpattern.com/item/M5525.htm?tab=jackets_coats&page=3">this</a> would seem to fit the bill, and the length of either could be adjusted easily.

« Reply #4 on: July 16, 2009 12:16:39 PM »

Hmmm, the matrix coat seems pretty similar to my vision. I had thought about just lengthening a coat pattern, but I'm really bad at the 2D to 3D thing, to be honest. Vogue has some nice tailored coats. Would you just lengthen that straight along the lines, so there'd be a slight flare, or more tubular down the body and legs once you get past the hips?

« Reply #5 on: July 21, 2009 11:27:33 PM »

http://www.simplicity.com/dv1_v4.cfm?design=2581  This?

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« Reply #6 on: July 22, 2009 08:38:16 AM »

Hmmm... Actually that might work better than what I was going to use. I had found a Vogue pattern I thought might work, and I was going to just measure it and if it wasn't quite long enough make it a bit longer. I missed it the first time through for some reason.

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