Vogue 2925- Fabiani Coat

by lladybird on February 7, 2012 · 15 comments

in 1970s

I’ve been working on this coat for what seems like FOREVER! I finished up the muslin in 2011, started sewing at the beginning of the year and had it ready in 3 weeks… then my self-covered buttons broke (dumb cheap kit!) so I had to get someone to make them for me which took another week. But it’s finally ready for it’s unveiling!

Coat front

vogue 2925
Here is the pattern I used – it’s a ~Couturier~ pattern, ooh la la. I made view B, just the coat. Actually, I made the pants too, but that’s another blog post.

I made a LOT of fitting changes – mostly because the pattern was a size too big. Want the list? Here you go:
- Remove 1/4″ from top & bottom sleeve side seams
- Reduce sleeve head ease (appx 7/8″ at peak)
- Taper lapel 1/2″
- Shift button position
- Shorten back belt 3/4″ on each end
- Remove 5/8″ from center back seam
- Remove 3/4″ from side back seam
- Raise underarm seam 1″
- Reduce shoulder width 5/8″
- Shorten sleeves 1/2″

As far as the pattern instructions – it actually includes instructions on hand-tailoring, so I didn’t have to deviate much! I did set the sleeves in using Gertie’s method – it’s much easier and cleaner! – and the lining is tacked down with feather stitches instead of the suggested cross stitches. All seams were pressed open and catch-stitched down as well.

lining peek
Oh yeah, there is bright kiwi green lining :)

Tag :3
And a hand-embroidered tag!

Some progress/tailoring peeks:

tailored inside of coat

bound button hole & covered button!

I’m very happy with my new coat – now if only it would actually get cold enough here in Tennessee to wear it :)

As always, there are more pictures/info on my blog, LLADYBIRD. Thanks for looking! :D

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{ 15 comments… read them below or add one }

Emma February 7, 2012 at 12:03 pm

The coat is a work of art, but the hand-embroidered tag that matches the lining is just the bee’s knees!


Lizzy February 7, 2012 at 12:07 pm

Love your coat, you did a great job, I like the color of the lining also .


Lauren February 7, 2012 at 12:48 pm



Rose February 7, 2012 at 12:53 pm

Impressive job on the job!! You look fantastic wearing it.


Jade February 7, 2012 at 1:59 pm

Top notch! You did a wonderful job.


Amanda February 7, 2012 at 3:52 pm

Loves it! So amazing :)


puu February 7, 2012 at 4:12 pm

i’m blown away by the stunning job you did on that coat. every detail is just wonderful and inspiring. love the pattern and the finished result!


karen February 7, 2012 at 4:26 pm

All I can say is WOW! What a fabulous coat and a great job. Was it hard to sew?


Lavender February 7, 2012 at 6:53 pm

GAH!!! Beautiful inside and out. Rock that coat!


motorharp February 7, 2012 at 8:32 pm

Your coat looks fantastic! Love the lining and the tag.


Dee February 8, 2012 at 8:05 am

Just gorgeous! Fantastic work and you look great in it.


Gina February 8, 2012 at 10:59 pm

WHAT A KNOCKOUT!!!!!! BEAUTIFUL!!!!! and your skills are incredible! You will have this coat for your whole lifetime, enjoy it in great health always.


Time and again February 9, 2012 at 3:54 am

That is just stunning – fabulous choice of pattern and fabric – gorgeous result!


Kristy L. February 9, 2012 at 10:44 am

That is the most darling coat I’ve ever seen! What a fantastic seamstress you are. Wear that with pride, even if it is too warm out.


Karen January 17, 2013 at 5:50 pm

I loved looking at the pictures of this coat. I made this coat in 1973 for a Singer sewing contest. I won the southern region so I won a Genie sewing machine. I still have the coat and the 8 x10 glossies of me wearing it that I had to submit with the outfit. I also live in Tennessee! Would love to touch base and discuss all the work that went into this coat. I did mine during a tailoring class. Yours looks wonderful. I pine for the fashions of the 70s…


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