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The Louisa Coat

This coat is made from a heavily interfaced, vintage double knit that I found in the thrift store a few years ago. I made it using a self-drafted pattern. I think the coat has a very 60’s feel to it.

It is fully lined, and features a large collar, puff sleeves, welt pockets, topstitching and fabric covered buttons. It’s complete with my own tag and a hanging loop inside.

If I’d had more fabric, I would’ve added a detail in the back like a little buttoned belt. Oh well, I’ll add that to my next version.

The coat design is based on a well-worn and well-loved coat that I’ve had for several years. Rather than make a complete copy of the coat, I changed some things. The size of the coat is a tad larger (the store-bought one was an extra-small), the collar is much larger, the placement of the welt pockets is different, the pocket openings are wider (the store-bought coat had such small openings that I could barely fit my hands in them), some of the seams are topstitched, and the sleeves and armholes have more wiggle room for additional layers.

Technically, this is a muslin, but I hope you’ll agree this is a very wearable muslin. I love it! I plan to make a few changes to the pattern and make another coat. The biggest thing I’ll change is the size of the sleeves. I overcompensated a bit in adding room to the sleeves, so I’ll shape the sleeves a bit more for my next coat.

If you are interested in more photos and details about the project, please see this post and this post. Thanks for looking! 🙂

{ 7 comments… add one }
  • Laurie H November 15, 2012, 2:23 pm

    Love it Becca… you did a nice job. I look forward to seeing your next version!

  • Evie November 15, 2012, 3:11 pm

    This is a beautiful coat! Nice job!

  • LucyLovesYa November 15, 2012, 3:35 pm

    It’s really good! You sure know your stuff 🙂 Lovely. Look forward to your next one x

  • ooobop! November 15, 2012, 3:49 pm

    Oh wow! Such a pretty coat 🙂

  • tina vines November 15, 2012, 7:51 pm

    Wow! I can’t believe you drafted this pattern..it’s wonderful! Great job with the sewing also! This is so lovely on you 🙂

  • EmSewCrazy November 16, 2012, 2:21 pm

    Love this coat! What a great job especially for a muslin!

  • Viv November 20, 2012, 12:56 am

    Very cute! Great job at sewing the muslin.

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