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yellow lane

Added Mar 30, 2012

by dlikat

Vienna, Austria






This fabric has its own story… decades ago I spotted a very cool yellow coat at Kate Spade. Of course the price was beyond my limits, I was not willing to BUY a coat … kind of honor-thing I am afraid. O.K. I can manage to sew a similar one. So I got a very expensive “Walkloden” (the origin name for all that cooked wool-fabrics, a very traditional method to handle wool fabrics to be more weatherproof, very common in Austria and Southern Bavaria).
After a good amount of time I had the fabric in my stash, my taste changed and I was no longer soooo fascinated by this certain Kate-Spade-coat. So what to do with the fabric???
One day I scrolled and clicked through Burda Style and saw the next most fascinating coat:
She did such an amazing version of a Burda magazine pattern!
Best thing – and worst: I OWN that certain magazine … and why did it not came to my mind just to skip that very silly ruffle-thing? I did remember very well what came into my mind as I picked the mag: “What an idiot detail, who is designing such strange fashion?”
OK shame on me – and my very arrogant behavior. Which trapped me in strange feelings and so I was not able to see beyond.
But after I had seen kokuryus coat, I was totally into this pattern!
She just skipped the frills, I wanted to go one step ahead – was it possible to skip the whole bib-part?
Of course – and very easy too!
So in the end, my version got some veeeery soft frills too: I gathered the bust dart-amount of fabric at the raglan seams.
Plus: I thought the now so clean and simple look could bear some big pockets.
So I remembered how to sew on pockets with no visible seams – by machine. Worked well enough – wool fabric is always very kind, so some ironing finished the job to a satisfying level.
Thats not all: I wanted a surprise-effect inside: A stripy lining. But of course, you cannot find any stripy lining fabrics. So I made one for myself: bought black and white lining, cut into big stripes and sewed it together.
Only thing I forgot to check: for my taste the sleeves are too short – the are more elbow length, then 3/4, which I would have preferred. I did a facing hem to win at least the 4 cm seam allowance, but still a bit too short.
But in general: I am super satisfied.

Material Notes

very fancy, great to work with “walkloden” – cooked wool from KWL, an austrian traditional company for cooked wool




Garment Type

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    Oct 26, 2015, 02.14 PMby Sabrina Wharton-Brown

    This looks so professional that when I saw it on Pinterest I thought it was shop-bought! :)

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    Aug 19, 2015, 11.45 PMby jrjpie

    how was that the pockets were applied?

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    Mar 3, 2014, 10.38 PMby annemieke

    Good job, very nice color! Actually your coat inspired me to make mine ( I was wondering: how did you manage to take of the bib part? Because the shape creates a dart. Doesn’t leaving the bib cause the coat to become wider at the top? I’m curious how you worked around that.

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    Jun 15, 2012, 07.29 PMby pixiesam

    Wow, this coat looks amazing! Your version looks so much better than the original.

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    Apr 2, 2012, 03.03 PMby dlikat

    OMG – hey guys sooo many soooo super nice comments! you make me blushing ;-))) Thank you! This means a lot to me, as I said in the coat-story, the pattern and I – this was not a first-sight-lovestory …


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    Apr 1, 2012, 08.44 AMby carottesauvage

    waow! Stunning!

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    Mar 31, 2012, 02.19 AMby sunnilj9

    I think it looks fabulous! I love that color, no I ADORE that color! What a great idea for the coat too! Taking off the ruffles and the bib never made anything look so good. Very modern and chic! One word: perfect! xoxo, Sunni

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      Apr 2, 2012, 03.01 PMby dlikat

      thank you for your kind words ;-)))
      I am happy now, but as I mentioned, I did not see the possibilities of the pattern at the first sight …

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    Mar 30, 2012, 04.55 PMby loves2sew555

    Totals agree with u about the ruffles, it looks great without. The fabric is fab and the colour is amazing!

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    Mar 30, 2012, 03.27 PMby lizah

    it looks so simple and beautiful!

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    Mar 30, 2012, 03.16 PMby marec

    Wonderful! I used giant snaps like those recently…they are so cool. Have fun with this beautiful coat.

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    Mar 30, 2012, 02.48 PMby Jolands

    Very Beautiful . Love the lining too.

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    Mar 30, 2012, 12.46 PMby mitmit

    Great coat! Love the colour! :-)

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    Mar 30, 2012, 11.44 AMby aficionada

    Thank you for sharing your story of the coat. I might now also take a second look at the pattern! I like the color on you and also the idea of the striped lining. Very well done! :)

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    Mar 30, 2012, 11.36 AMby catofdrurylane

    Beautiful coat! Love the idea of the lining. I can’t believe you made the pattern look so good.

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    Mar 30, 2012, 10.21 AMby kelerabeus

    Gorgeous, I love the color you choose! How clever of you to create your own lining fabric, looks amazing.

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    Mar 30, 2012, 10.06 AMby candicej

    Lovely coat, and I love the whole look – very cool!

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    Mar 30, 2012, 10.03 AMby MientjiB

    This coat is GORGEOUS! I love everything about it – the colour, the adaptations, the button-toggle-thingies. Well done!

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