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Vintage Vogue 2090: The “Madeline” Coat

Both of my daughters LOVED the “Madeline” series by Ludwig Bemelmans when they were young girls. Well, my DGD shares some personality traits with the intrepid Madeline, so of course I had to make her a “Madeline” coat!

Vintage Vogue 2090 Madeline Coat by Sew Maris

This pattern is Vogue 2090, which is long out-of-print, but still available on Etsy and eBay. This pattern was produced back-in-the-day when patterns were “single size”, instead of the multi-sized patterns we are accustomed to today, so plan ahead when purchasing! I originally bought this pattern when Oona was an infant, in size 3, so there was a some grading required to use it for my now-5-year-old DGD!

Vintage Vogue 2090 Madeline Coat by Sew Maris

One of the perks of being a grandmother is I pay no attention to practicality. A wool coat for a child who will likely grow out of it in a single season. Pffft! Who cares! 🙂 I don’t pay attention to how much garments for her cost, I only spend my time sewing things that we both like; and she loves this coat. When I was a young mother, a wool coat would have been reserved for church and special occasions, but I love that Oona wears Madeline coat to pre-school, the playground, and shopping. Why let something hang in the closet just to be outgrown?.

 

As mentioned, this coat is made from wool flannel that I had in my stash. It was not particularly heavy, so I underlined the entire garment in cotton flannel to add warmth. The pattern also did not call for a lining, so I drafted one because I knew the lack of a slippery lining would be a non-starter. Who likes pulling unlined coat sleeves off, anyway?

Vintage Vogue 2090 Madeline Coat by Sew Maris

Many sewists think making a wool coat is a big undertaking. Well, it can be, but this coat was easy and went together quickly. Of course, I made it more time-consuming by adding flannel underlining and a rayon Bemberg lining, but it was worth the extra effort.

Vintage Vogue 2090 Madeline Coat by Sew Maris

Don’t you love the capelet? Oona does!

Vintage Vogue 2090 Madeline Coat by Sew Maris

My DGD loves all things “golden”, so of course I used shiny gold for the front closure, as well as the decorative-only sleeve buttons.

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As you can see, this coat is not at all restrictive! Tree-climbing, twirling, and jumping are all possible!

Vintage Vogue 2090 Madeline Coat by Sew Maris

Somebody could be a pouty runway model, at age 5, right?

I had so much fun making this coat I already have another planned in fuschia linen for Easter. I am going to combine a couple of patterns for that garment, and I think I will leave it unlined just to see how that works for a spring/summer coat.

Have you ever made a wool coat for a child? What was your favorite coat pattern for a child?

Happy sewing!

Maris