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Camel Military Coat

Added Oct 24, 2013

by alanaf

New York, New Yo...






This coat was definitely a bit of a production. Because of the complexity of the pattern, I wanted to make sure that every detail was as perfect as I could make it – which, of course, it never is. I wanted to play with the idea of neutrals and color, and had this inspiration of West meeting East. I chose a really neutral camel wool, but lined the coat with the most fabulous Chinese patterned silk brocade. I was really torn on the piping, and almost went with a brown or gold, but in the end I decided to stick with my first instinct and use cherry red piping.

I few notes on construction. Definitely use a strong interfacing – the weight of the fabrics, and the coat itself will drag down a basic interfacing. Second, the pattern suggests using silk lining for the piping material. While that is perfectly acceptable, it is much easier (and a lot quicker) to use satin bias tape. Iron out all the fold in the bias tape, and proceed to use it as you would any other piping material. The buttonholes were the biggest problem I encountered. I have a basic, run of the mill, home sewing machine – and it was IMPOSSIBLE for my machine to punch through the two layers of fabric and interfacing. I ended up having to hand-stitch all of my buttonholes. While I throughly enjoyed the learning experience, I would have appreciated not having to do so much extra hand-sewing.

All in all, I am very satisfied with my finished project. I am looking forward to some chilly weather, so I can wear my coat.

Material Notes

100% Wool Coating

Lining: Silk Brocade




Fall, Winter
Garment Type
Military, Steampunk
Coating, Silk, Wool

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    Nov 2, 2013, 10.23 PMby cur-jargon

    Stunning. Just, stunning. Kudos!

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    Oct 29, 2013, 05.01 PMby Abigail Ball

    That is really well done. I liked your description of the project.

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    Oct 27, 2013, 06.32 PMby kirstenlarsen62

    Hi, your coat is superb. Excellent tailoring and choice of fabrics. My mothervtaught me a trich for button holes on thick blazers and coats. She called it a hand bound button hole. You cut a rectangle of the wool larger than the desired button hole. Faces together, place it over where you want the button hole. You machine sew a rectangle that has space in the center through the wool rectangle and the top layer only. (Later you will do the same w.ith the facing or lining so that it lines up.) cut a slit inside the sewn rectangle and slit to the 4 corners careful not to cut the stitching. Flip it around to the inside and you now have a finished button hole. Press. Now do as mentioned on the facing or lining with the same fabric as facing or lining. Then line theM up and hand stitch together. It takes some work but it is very durable and will hold up to heavy use.

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    Oct 27, 2013, 06.12 PMby claudinka

    That is just wow!

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    Oct 27, 2013, 11.30 AMby alekat

    wow, youve done a really great job! looks awesome

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    Oct 25, 2013, 05.43 AMby Misokizen

    Wonderful!Love it!

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    Oct 24, 2013, 06.12 PMby Mary Athey

    Gorgeous coat!! All the work that you have put into this shows. I love everything about this x

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    Oct 24, 2013, 07.51 AMby Brittaasp

    The red piping is fab! Good job.

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    Oct 24, 2013, 06.43 AMby Bbtiny

    It is very lovely, your coat! The fabrics are great and look perfect for each other. All the handy work was worth it! You’ve got yourself a great coat!!! I like it very much!

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    Oct 24, 2013, 05.49 AMby cris orange

    Great coat, love the red lining and piping!

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    Oct 24, 2013, 04.37 AMby JolJol

    Love this coat, great contrast in colours and the shape is perfect. A fantastic addition to your wardrobe.

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