Friends, I hope you agree that the zenith of 50's glam fashion was the opera coat. Alternatively known as the swing coat, this is a long, voluminous, tent-like garment you see all the time in 50's fashion magazines, 50's movies, and 50's sewing patterns. It lived well into the 1960's, but like so many glamorous styles of the mid-century, it died in the era of mini skirts and jeans.
It usually had 3/4 sleeves, huge cuffs, and either a Peter Pan collar, a mandarin collar, an oversized collar, or no collar at all. And volume, lots of volume.
The ultimate version is done in something like silk taffeta with a lining that matches the dress.
Remember yesterday's rants? Well, they're all resolved. My sewing machine is on its way from Colorado via Fed Ex and my duster/housecoat pattern, Simplicity 3216 -- which will serve as my opera coat pattern -- has arrived! In fact, I've cut and made it up already. Voila!
Friends, have you ever sewn up a coat, gone to bed, and the next morning realized that what you'd created what would work much better as a lining? Well, it happened to me this morning. This thin glossy, cotton in this lovely floral print is simply too busy to go over a peppermint stripe smock -- you don't see a lot of print-mixing back in the 50's, -- and it's also too light-colored and lightweight. But it would be the perfect lining for a pink salmon-colored coat. (Opera coats also tended to be solid.) So I must find that fabric today. Four yards of polyester moire collecting dust in a remnant pile would be perfect. Won't you help me magnetize this, readers?
In closing, what do you think of the opera coat? Have you ever worn/wanted to wear one?
I'm not sure Cathy can bring back the scoop-front maternity skirt, but the opera coat -- I think she could have a real impact.
Have a great day, everybody!
|Lovely Suzy Parker|