A vintage inspired winter coat

May 23, 2016


A few months ago, a friend of mine gave me a lovely gift.  A beautiful blue coat that she wore as a girl of six or seven in her then home country of England.  The coat has beautiful lines and details and fits Isabella perfectly.  You may have seen this picture I posted on instagram recently. I was inspired to reproduce it and so made a coat for Juliette.



I just love the back design of this coat - five panels and a back yoke make up the back piece. I have never seen this detail before and think it is beautiful. Top stitched epaulettes accent the shoulders - I used vintage looking wooden buttons.

The main fabric for this coat is a recycled turquoise wool blanket given to me by a sewing friend - thanks Katrina! I love the front seams that turn into pockets.  The sleeves are made up of two pieces - you can see the under arm seams in the picture below.



Here you can see the back in more detail...





This coat features a rounded collar (while the original collar is pointed),  My collar could have been better - it is not rounded enough on the inside edge so it tends to sit up a little bit.


I lined the coat in a Cloud 9 fabric - Wildwood by Elizabeth Olwen I purchased about nine months ago from Spotlight. I love that Spotlight (which is three minutes from our house) stocks Cloud 9!

I love that this coat is made from a blanket - recycling is fun! Juliette wore this last weekend on a cold Sunday and she was toasty warm!  

Feeling inspired to make a coat?  I am excited about making a Moiano coat for Emily - my current work in progress. The latest pattern by StraightGrain is amazing, and after drafting this coat, I can very much appreciate the work that must go into drafting a detailed coat pattern!!

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14 comments

  1. Oh, I like that coat!! The back is simple and special at the same time. That blanket has got an exited new life!

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  2. I just screwed up my Berlin coat, so seeing coats can't make me happy right now ;-) But I have to admit that yours is absolutely beautiful! On another day this would totally inspire me to copy it! Today I've had it with sewing coats ;-)

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  3. So beautiful!! I hope you would consider making a pattern- though I'm sure it would be a big job. Traditional, nice coats are so hard to find (in my price range!) for my 6 year old. Thanks for sharing!

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  4. It's a gorgeous coat!!
    You did a fab job (as usual)!!
    Not quite sure if having a fabric shop that close to where I live would be of any advantage to my wallet (oh, but I would love it so much!!). Lucky girl <3

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  5. Gosh!! That coat (and girl) are just darling!!! I really love those back lines. I hope you make a pattern, I'm looking to sew up several different winter coats for my little Miss.

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  6. Thanks everyone! Certainly no pattern this year but maybe next!!

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  7. The coat is amazing! So many wonderful details, each one complimenting another. Woolly blanket has never looked so good ;)

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  8. it is really nice!! Very curious to see your Moiano!

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