1940s Coats & Jacket Sewing Patterns
1940s Coats and jackets screamed “masculinity”, with coats sporting hoods and deep pockets, inspired by Schiaparelli’s ‘cash and carry’ line of 1939. Broad shoulders and mannish lines were the order of the day. The gabardine raincoat belted single-breasted coats and double-breasted coats. Capes were common for both girls and older women and in America, sporty ski jackets were a favorite. One of the most iconic coat styles of the ’40s and ’50s was the polo coat or box coat. It was cut very straight and wide, in the shape of a box, and was over-sized. They hung open like in the ones pictured, or buttoned closed with large, covered buttons. Box coats hung down just to the mid hip, making them good lightweight coats for fall and spring or nice evening wear when made of velvet or exotic fur. A long version of the box coat was the swagger or flare back coat. It fits wide and boxy but came down to below the thigh or knee. In the mid to late ’40s, the back of the coat often had flared swing pleats coming from the nape of the neck. This allowed extra movement and more room for clothing underneath.
Our 1940's vintage Outer-wear pattern collection is available in sizes ranging from XXS – XXL. We offer either the original pattern, a high-quality true to scale 1940s sewing pattern reproduction or an easy PDF sewing pattern to download at home.