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Outerwear is the first thing people see once the seasons change. We’re picking our favorite high fashion coats, and showing you the Burda patterns to make your own.

Outerwear can be intimidating to sew, but sewing up a coat that perfectly matches your style is so worth it. Just think how much wear you’ll get from that signature piece all through the fall! Pick your favorite style— cocoon, fur-trimmed, military, minimal, or colorblocked, and make a coat that’s 100% you.

Clockwise from top left: Celine, Carven, BurdaStyle Round Coat, BurdaStyle Cocoon Coat

Carven and Celine have some of the hottest coats this year. Stay on trend (and warm!) in a round, roomy silhouette. The Cocoon Coat (left) and Round Coat (right) are just right for achieving this look. The Round Coat capitalizes on another seasonal trend with faux fur, and the Cocoon Coat in pink boucle shines in one of 2013’s hottest colors. Live somewhere warm? The Rounded Jacket is a cropped, lighter version of this voluminous silhouette.

Left: Donna Karan. Right: Ruffle Neck Coat

Fur is back this season. For a kinder alternative, swap a fur collar for the decadent ruffles in the Ruffle Neck Coat. This shape feels rich in mohair fabric, or even a synthetic wool blend. Of course, faux fur is always an option. The Long Fur Patch Jacket (below left) and Hooded Coat have patches of faux fur for a little luxury. Get the full glitz look in the Fur Coat (below right), a total stunner in allover faux fur.

For tips on sewing faux fur and other chunky textiles, download this web seminar
on seasonal fabrics.

If big, billowy shapes aren’t your style, take inspiration from this detailed military coat by Thakoon (left). Leather panels and drawstrings add lots of visual interest, and are a fun challenge to sew. The Drawstring Coat (right) has similar tomboy style, complete with cord ties and snapped pockets. For a more buttoned-up naval look, make the Military Coat in sturdy blue wool.

For Isabel Marant’s minimalist style (left), try the beautiful White Wool Coat (right) or the lighter weight Straight Coat in pure white. If you can keep it stain free, an ivory overcoat gives you instant chic. Lighter shades from cream to camel are a sophisticated trend worth trying.

Another of our favorites is this eyecatching coat by Etro (left). A little colorblocking goes a long way, especially in an overcoat. Pops of color can really brighten a cloudy day, and the Tri-Color Coat (right) is perfect for dreary weather. Or, go for subtle texture blocking in the plus size leather-and-wool Blocked Coat.

These are just a few of our favorite on-trend pieces. Are you the type that makes a new coat each season? Or, do you stick to one classic peacoat year after year?

Happy sewing!

Images courtesy of Vogue, Farfetch.com, and shopbop.com.

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    Oct 25, 2013, 01.24 AMby Manic Pop

    Yes! I love the Tri-Color Coat for fall. I made one in August and that is what I have been wearing all fall!

    My only recommendation on that coat is to make a button extension for it so you can have an overlap to close it all the way (hook and eyes I sewed in didn’t work so well, ended up using 3 frogs for closures.) I also created a self-lining for it instead of using the bias tape on it.
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    Oct 23, 2013, 12.40 AMby Shelly Moher

    I absolutely love the ruffle neck coat, it reminds me of a dreamy winter angel.

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    Oct 19, 2013, 11.41 AMby Debbie Allingham

    Nice range – I love Burda Coat patterns. The 01/2012 fur cocoon shaped coat also hits these trends. I’ve just purchased faux fur to make it up.

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    Oct 19, 2013, 07.38 AMby Jodi Wade

    That white wool coat is gorgeous! But looking at the line drawing – so many pieces!

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    Oct 18, 2013, 06.45 PMby heidilea

    I recently downloaded the Jacket with Frills pattern, which looks like a slightly shorter, pocketless Ruffle Coat pattern (probably is, since they are both 01/2012).

    I got some purple plaid tweed to make it up in.

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