new coat

I've been meaning to make this coat for about three years. That's when I made my first wool coat, in a class. Shortly after I finished that first one, I bought this much nicer fabric, a wine and black tweed, to make a second one. Between then and now, I decided to use a different pattern, so it's not the same style as my previous coat. (Although it is quite similar; it seems my taste is pretty consistent.)

Anyway, I just finished it. Here it is, hot off the pressing table. It's a straight style with asymmetric opening, stand collar, one button at top and hidden snaps down the front, in wine and black tweed with dark charcoal wool facings and tipping down the front. The single-welt pockets are also tipped. I used the Verona coat and jacket pattern from The Sewing Workshop. The fabric is Linton tweed, from, a wine soft-back rayon-acetate lining from Nancy's Sewing Basket in Seattle, and a charcoal wool remnant that I've had for some time.

Just had to share, especially since I've told everyone about the project and have mentioned it here on the forum, too. Thanks for looking!

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  • catgirl replied 1 year ago


    You are amazing, and so is that coat!

  • rabbit replied 1 year ago

    lovely and perfect!  it looks like it was made for you! wait a minute... ;)  

    no seriously I bow down to your skills.

  • Diane G replied 1 year ago

    Oh, my word Sharan! You should be so proud of yourself, because it's absolutely fabulous! Love the fabric and the tipping detail on the edges is perfection. Super fit too.

  • El Cee replied 1 year ago

    Absolutely gorgeous!!! You are so talented.

  • smittie replied 1 year ago

    Oh wow! Just a wonderful fabric!
    Great streamlined  style.

  • Angie replied 1 year ago

    Very busy but had to chime in quickly to say Killer to the Power of Killer.

  • Ginger replied 1 year ago

    That is really gorgeous. A very unique piece that looks cozy and stylish at the same time. Such neat pockets and tipping, too!

  • Lyn D. replied 1 year ago

    You are very clever indeed.

  • Diana replied 1 year ago

    Oh, wow!  That coat is amazing and the fit is spot on. 

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  • replied 1 year ago

    Great fit - can't make out much of the detail of the coat itself on my computer ....but that welt pocket - wow!  Fantastic work there :)

  • kerlyn replied 1 year ago

    That coat is just beautiful!  You are so talented!

  • Muffin replied 1 year ago

    Beautiful tailoring- looks just wonderful on you!

  • Brooklyn replied 1 year ago

    That is fantastic! The shape, the length, and the detail! I noticed the tipping right away. I think we would call that piping. Really adds something. You look beautiful and classy.

  • texstyle replied 1 year ago

    Stunning!  It is incredibly beautiful and of course impeccably hand tailored. So wonderful you have this talent.

  • dianne replied 1 year ago

    Absolutely stunning!!!

  • replied 1 year ago

    Agree! You have some serious sewing skills!

  • merwoman replied 1 year ago

    Bravo - a stunning creation. The lines and drape are gorgeous from every perspective.

  • Mochi replied 1 year ago

    Whoa, you are extremely talented. I do love the coat, too. A clean, elegant cut, and really well proportioned for you and in a great color. It must be awesome being able to create things for yourself. 

  • Style Fan replied 1 year ago

    You are incredible.  What a gorgeous coat!  The material is beautiful and drapes very well.  Great detail.  Just lovely.

  • JAileen replied 1 year ago

    Beautiful! You look wonderful in it.

  • bonnie replied 1 year ago

    I love your new coat and am so impressed that you made it!!

  • Joua to the Rescue replied 1 year ago

    Very inspiring. I know you would rock it well!

  • Nebraskim replied 1 year ago

    This is stunning design and workmanship. So very chic and personal. You have a gift in terms of designing what works exactly for you in the most flattering manner.

  • Firecracker replied 1 year ago

    Thank you all so much! I had to run off to a class and came back to all these wonderful comments. I don't do this kind of work very often, because it is so laborious for me. But it's worth it for the right piece.

  • BrieN replied 1 year ago

    It's a beautiful coat, and it suits you absolutely perfectly. You made excellent choices w/r to fabric, piping and other details. I can't fathom how you can take a pattern and know how well it will suit you before you even start sewing. 

  • Peri replied 1 year ago

    Majorly impressed but not actually surprised. I think you and Diane can make anything! Love love love that color!

  • shevia replied 1 year ago

    Gorgeous - you can really see how high quality it looks in the close ups!

  • Suzanne (ambergreen) replied 1 year ago

    Super fabulous! Love the retro-Mod cut, fabric, and details! This looks like a classic you can wear for years but is so much more interesting than classic-classic. Plus there's that I-made-it brag factor. :)

  • Joy replied 1 year ago

    You must feel sooo satisfied with your beautiful creation. It oozes a quality and richness seldom seen.

  • AJ replied 1 year ago

    Wow!! Just wow!! The fit and details are so FAB!!

  • Sal replied 1 year ago

    What a stunning coat, I love the fabric, shape and detailing.  Well worth sticking with the project :)

  • jenanded replied 1 year ago

    Gorgeous style, colour, fit and finish! What pattern is it if I may ask...

  • unfrumped replied 1 year ago

    No way! What fabulous material you chose and beautiful tailoring. You never stop amazing me with both sewing skills and style sense.

  • Mirjana replied 1 year ago

    Absolutely gorgeous!!! Bravoooooooooooo.............

  • Suz replied 1 year ago

    I am sadly late to this, but what a gorgeous piece on you! Wow! The cut and fabric are just beautiful. You are going to get so much pleasure from this!!

  • Windchime replied 1 year ago

    The coat is really spectacular on you, Firecracker! It's such a rich, wonderful color and masterfully constructed.

    I love this shade of red on you. You often wear muted colors--lots of browns, for example--which look lovely on you. However, the color of your coat is also very flattering with your skin and hair.

    If you ever decide to take orders for custom wool coats, let me know. :)

  • Cerinda replied 1 year ago

    Stunning, just stunning!  The welt detail is fabulous!

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