Vintage Sewing

The Mad Men Megan Draper Coat

January 21, 2014

This coat is my big winter project – it’s been a major operation – lots of reasons but basically life has gotten in a way a bit. It’s a 1970s Nina Ricci Vogue pattern that I bought on ebay. The fabric is Marc Jacobs from Mood.  This coat was a ton of work, but very satisfying to sew.  I used pad-stitching and basically all the tailoring techniques outline in “Tailoring.”  I was going for a retro look but with a modern twist.  My personal style is no longer “retro,” but I appreciate the aesthetics of the past.  I wanted something like the coats I remember my cool aunts wearing in the early 70s.   I was hugely inspired by Megan Draper from Mad Men – I adore her Youth Glamor style. I’m sure her version of this coat would have been shorter though!   More photos and progress shots on my blog:  I love that this coat works both with the more ladylike dress ‘n’ heels look and my more usual jeans and boots outfit.   



  1. oh that IS nice. Very fine collar rolling work. I envy it. No point in coats here in Western Australia. Coats like that make me miss my English roots. Work it, sista

  2. What a wonderful coat! It’s clear that all that tailoring work paid off!
    And it has great style: retro, but in a way which will work well with any modern-day outfit.

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