Things are quite December-y around here, bare and cold, but I still have some photos left from earlier in the fall, so you’ll have to bear with a few slightly less seasonal posts, including this one. Although everything looks quite green, I assure you that it was actually freezing, which made it a perfect day to wear one of my proudest new acquisitions, my very first 1940s coat!

vintage 1940s forest green swing coat with curly lamb collar and enormous sleeves paired with a tilt hat with green ribbon decoration and a sage green suit

I picked up this coat around midsummer for a song (I think $25) due to its less-than-perfect condition. The insides of the shoulders were badly damaged, and the shoulder seams had been very shoddily reinforced by someone who did not quite understand how to sew. When I got the coat home, I set about undoing and redoing the shoulder seams (the shoulders could still use a good steaming) and making new shoulder pads to replace the disintegrating ones.

A black tilt hat is topped with rows of green felt curls to match a vintage 1940s green swing coat trimmed with curly lamb

Unfortunately, the beautiful curly lamb collar is also pretty much shot. Part of my reason for taking these pictures was so that I could document the original collar in all its glory before I removed it from the coat!
Yes, really. I’m removing an enormous fur collar from a 1940s coat… because I was fortunate enough to find someone selling a fur collar in exactly the same shape and style! So this collar is coming off and that collar is going on and hopefully when I’m done you’ll never even know that it wasn’t the original.

vintage 1940s forest green swing coat with curly lamb collar and enormous sleeves paired with a tilt hat with green ribbon decoration and a sage green suit

So that’s the saga of the repair of this fantastic jacket! I may yet sew a new lining and just slip it in over the existing lining. Right now I’ve just got reinforcement patches whipstitched in over the missing parts, but that isn’t a great permanent solution.

Enormous sleeves with a pointed cuff and oversized button detail on a vintage 1940s forest green swing coat

And check out those sleeves! I think they’re my favorite part about this coat. Well, after the part where it weighs about 20 pounds and feels like wearing a heavy blanket.

Royal Vintage Shoes Marilyn pumps paired with a true vintage coat and skirt

A black tilt hat is topped with rows of green felt curls to match a vintage 1940s green swing coat trimmed with curly lamb

I suppose the hat deserves a bit of mention, too. I didn’t have any hats that seemed like quite the right match for this ensemble, so I pulled out my trusty somewhat dilapidated black tilt hat and a sheet of fortuitously matchy craft felt and got to work. Yes, that’s right… all of those green lops are actually craft felt, cut by yours truly, held on with mostly a small collection of straight pins because I didn’t feel like sewing on what was meant to be a temporary decoration.

A black tilt hat is topped with rows of green felt curls to match a vintage 1940s green swing coat trimmed with curly lamb

I kind of like it, though! I’ve been thinking this hat could use jazzing up, so perhaps I’ll find some actual wool felt (in a different color, probably) and make a more finished version which will actually be stitched on. What do you think? I could do pink, or maybe red…

vintage 1940s forest green swing coat with curly lamb collar and enormous sleeves paired with a tilt hat with green ribbon decoration and a sage green suit

vintage 1940s forest green swing coat with curly lamb collar and enormous sleeves paired with a tilt hat with green ribbon decoration and a sage green suit

A black tilt hat is topped with rows of green felt curls to match a vintage 1940s green swing coat trimmed with curly lamb

vintage 1940s forest green swing coat with curly lamb collar and enormous sleeves paired with a tilt hat with green ribbon decoration and a sage green suit

  • Black 1940s tilt hat: Witch City Consignment
  • Green rhinestone earrings: Gift from Allison
  • 1940s green swing coat with curly lamb collar: Bananas
  • Sage green 1940s suit: Etsy
  • Green costume jewelry deco ring: Gift from Pam
  • 1940s style black leather pumps: Marilyns from Royal Vintage Shoes

  • I purchased these shoes at a discount in exchange for images and a review