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Men's Toggle Duffle Coat

Added Dec 16, 2010

by Peter Lappin

New York, United...






This is a melton wool toggle coat I made from Vogue 8452, an out-of-print mens coat pattern from 1992. It’s underlined with a plaid wool-cashmere blend. Great fun to put together though time-consuming and sometimes challenging for sure. Can’t wait to wear it this winter!

More about my coat on my blog, Male Pattern Boldness (MalePatternBoldness.com)

Material Notes

I used a medium weight, charcoal melton wool for the outer layer and a lighter weight, more loosely woven wool-cashmere blend for the underlining. I bought both in the Garment District in NYC (both $10/yd). I splurged on real horn toggles at C&C button on 38th St. — $4 each but worth it.




Fall, Winter
Garment Type
Classic, Preppy

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    Jun 30, 2011, 09.28 PMby amandala

    Great, thank you!

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    Jun 29, 2011, 11.52 PMby amandala

    I’ve been trying to find a toggle coat pattern for the longest time. Do you have any recommendations on where i can find one?

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      Jun 30, 2011, 10.55 AMby Peter Lappin

      Amanda, your best bet is to look on sites like Etsy, and maybe doing a generic “coat pattern” search. There are a few toggle coat patterns out there — it’s also often referred to as a duffle coat. You can try searching under that as well. Good luck!

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    Dec 31, 2010, 03.35 PMby marloncosta


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      Dec 31, 2010, 04.01 PMby Peter Lappin

      Me…or the coat? LOL

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      Dec 31, 2010, 04.06 PMby marloncosta

      both of you!!! lol

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    Dec 19, 2010, 08.43 PMby twoboos

    I LOVE IT!!! Well done!

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    Dec 18, 2010, 08.11 AMby elguanche

    I don’t know what to like more… the fabric or the lining! HAHAHAH

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    Dec 17, 2010, 02.01 PMby Peter Lappin

    Thanks for the comments, everyone!

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    Dec 17, 2010, 10.59 AMby magpyesews

    Fabulous! That coat is perfection. Fantastic job.

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    Dec 17, 2010, 06.47 AMby loyl8

    absolutely fabulous!!!!

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    Dec 17, 2010, 05.38 AMby mo-mo-sew-sew

    yowza. you got mad skills mr. peter. wool cahsmere lining?? ridiculously luxurious!!!

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    Dec 17, 2010, 05.17 AMby otrotamal

    amazing! every detail is perfect….you are so inspiring!

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    Dec 17, 2010, 04.33 AMby kelepso

    I love the toggles, I love the yoke, I love the button(ed) strap at the neck, I love the jacket! Great work!

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    Dec 16, 2010, 08.59 PMby threadsquare

    Incredible job! Do you use a home machine, and if so, how did it handle the thick wool & leather?

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      Dec 21, 2010, 03.10 PMby Peter Lappin

      My Singer 15-91 is a vintage home machine, but goes through everything. It has excellent piercing power. Highly recommended!

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    Dec 16, 2010, 08.44 PMby cantare

    Awesome! It’s a great color and beautiful tailoring. Gotta love Vogue!

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    Dec 16, 2010, 04.52 PMby msgems

    Ahhhh… I wish I had this pattern – my boyfriend would love this. :-( Would you want to sell on the pattern now you have made it? :-D

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    Dec 16, 2010, 04.45 PMby smurfette2010

    Wow, what a fantastic job!

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    Dec 16, 2010, 02.39 PMby violetta089

    The coat is great! You did a great job with all the details, they are so important.

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    Dec 16, 2010, 02.38 PMby nettle1976

    I am so impressed by your coat! How perfect! WOw! Nice jammies too by the way! : ) very inspiring…

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    Dec 16, 2010, 01.38 PMby tinybows

    that’s awesome! it reminds me of the coat that david bowie wore in ‘the man who fell to earth’.

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    Dec 16, 2010, 12.28 PMby nettevivante

    oh, this coat is amazing. it was definitely worth the time you invested! also i love your buttons. i think buttons can be most important on a coat as they can change the whole style so easily.

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    Dec 16, 2010, 12.15 PMby Ralf Schmitz

    from the choice of material (exquisit lining!!!) down to the buttons (love them!) your coat is just another masterpiece and really really lovely! i am so happy that you are on this site, as you are such an inspiration for me!

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      Dec 21, 2010, 03.11 PMby Peter Lappin

      Thank you, Ralf — likewise — and Happy Holidays!

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    Dec 16, 2010, 11.53 AMby analogue

    Wow, your coat is amazing! And your blog’s inspiring, I really need to practice making more menswear…

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      Dec 21, 2010, 03.12 PMby Peter Lappin

      Go for it. It’s not hard — a lot of topstitching!

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    Dec 16, 2010, 11.26 AMby janul

    great, I would love (to make) one myself! :)

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    Dec 16, 2010, 11.23 AMby tranquiltornado

    Fantastic coat….. love the buttons, great job

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