The calendar may say “Spring” but it’s cold and rainy in North Carolina on this April day–perfect weather for my favorite mid-thigh 1950s coat.
I loved the swing style, top stitching, big buttons and pockets the moment I saw this piece hanging in the vintage clothing store. And it fit through the shoulders! Mine are large.But women of the 50s and 60s tended to be petite. Vintage sleeves are always way too short for me.
So I added a self-lined cuff in brown fabric from my stash. It matches the topstitching, and large original buttons perfectly. And my brown cuff covers a high-wear spot on the original coat–slightly frayed sleeve edges.
Another stash fabric–a brown plaid becomes a thin bias strip between the two fabrics. This little detail makes my add-on cuffs look a lot more polished.
I think it would be a good technique for vintage children’s wear, too. What do you think?