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my Babylon coat

Added Mar 20, 2014

by kelerabeus

Beograd, Serbia






This is the coat that I made four winters ago and I’ve never found the right moment to take photos of it. I was always waiting for the ideal amount of snow to cover the ground and create the perfect setting but, alas, winter idyll was never in sync with my free time. So I gave up that idea and decided that the right time is now! Actually, right time was like three and a half years ago but better late than never :)

My coat is a copy of Babylon coat from Modcloth. I really loved the silhouette created with tiers and I knew that it wouldn’t be that hard to recreate this look. For the bodice I used pattern #112 from Burda 10/20120 as a base, and then I freehanded the bottom part. I had only 2.20m of fabric so my version is shorter, with only two tiers. I used literally every piece of fabric, in the end I had to make facings from scraps! It was one of those Tim Gun’s Make it work! moments :) For the lining I chose cotton, mostly because I really liked cheerful and colorful print. Although pretty that wasn’t very smart, you want your lining to be slippery so that it doesn’t cling onto your clothes. But I still like it, it makes me smile and I love when my clothes do that.

Outerwear was always my favorite thing to sew, and this coat is on top of my favorites as well! I’ve been wearing it for four winters now and it holds up really well. I must say, I’m quite proud of my younger self :)

The last picture illustrates what will happen when you leave anything made of wool unguarded for five minutes! I had to include it:)

Material Notes

I was very lucky to find this wool in beautiful green color – it was the last piece and it was only 2.2m, but I had to buy it anyway. I lined it with cotton, and for closures i chose to go with fabric covered buttons.




Fall, Winter
Garment Type
Bohemian, Romantic, Vintage
Cotton, Wool


Master behind the camera

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    Oct 28, 2014, 12.44 PMby Meri Banchotova

    Love it,also and your style :)

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      Oct 29, 2014, 09.11 PMby kelerabeus

      Thank you so much, that’s so nice to hear :)

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    May 14, 2014, 03.35 AMby Byanka Ayala

    So uniquely done! The color and style is perfect

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      May 14, 2014, 08.04 PMby kelerabeus

      Thank you! Green is one of my favorite colors to wear, unfortunately I don’t find it that often in our fabric stores.

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    Apr 20, 2014, 03.27 PMby SassyT

    Featured today on SSB https://facebook.com/sassysewingbees

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      Apr 20, 2014, 06.51 PMby kelerabeus

      Oh, how awesome! Thank you so much, I’m very flattered :)

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    Mar 31, 2014, 03.09 PMby LadyStitcher

    Gorgeous coat! And I love the funky lining – it’s like a wonderful secret inside-the-coat party :) My cat lies on everything I put down too, even if I’m still working on it!

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      Mar 31, 2014, 06.39 PMby kelerabeus

      Thank you! I always try to find some bright and cheerful fabrics for lining, great way to add a pop of color. All cats seems to have those habits :)

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    Mar 30, 2014, 11.47 AMby b. boop

    waouh…this coat is beautiful !!! the colour,the lining …perfect! very great job ;)

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      Mar 30, 2014, 05.23 PMby kelerabeus

      Thank you so much! I’m blushing a little :)

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    Mar 28, 2014, 07.27 AMby Ellen Hatteland

    This is a masterpiece! Great job – Love it ♥

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      Mar 28, 2014, 09.12 AMby kelerabeus

      Thank you! I’m glad you like it :)

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    Mar 27, 2014, 03.07 PMby asperge11

    I can find no words to describe how beautifully perfect this is!!! The colour, shape, lining and all the details… Gorgeous!

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      Mar 27, 2014, 06.26 PMby kelerabeus

      Aww, thank you so much! That’s the sweetest comment ever :)

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    Mar 26, 2014, 08.22 AMby olg

    and I love your cat too, showing of your pocket

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      Mar 26, 2014, 09.23 AMby kelerabeus

      Thank you! My cat is the biggest fan of my sewing, she lives for rolling in the fabric and pattern paper :)

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    Mar 26, 2014, 08.20 AMby olg

    Well done!! Very elaborate, I’m impressed!

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    Mar 25, 2014, 09.43 PMby reginamara

    Stunning coat inside and outside! Great details, I’m in love with the back!

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      Mar 26, 2014, 09.24 AMby kelerabeus

      Thank you! Details are my favorite part as well :)

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    Mar 25, 2014, 09.11 PMby izbott

    This is a lovely coat. You did a really great job. The backs makes it really pretty.

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      Mar 26, 2014, 09.33 AMby kelerabeus

      Thank you so much! I’m a big time fan of back flaps, if it was up to me back flaps would be mandatory :)

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    Mar 25, 2014, 01.52 PMby Deanna31

    Your coat looks awesome! I love the fabrics, the details and you’ve done a great job copying the original.

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      Mar 25, 2014, 05.31 PMby kelerabeus

      Thank you, I’m glad you like it! It wasn’t that hard to recreate the design, plus I really enjoy working with lots of details :)

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    Mar 25, 2014, 10.14 AMby liliv-1

    It’s very sweet, girly and cute! I love your styling and your photos as well! Great job!

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      Mar 25, 2014, 05.29 PMby kelerabeus

      Thank you liliv! Once again :)

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    Mar 24, 2014, 10.02 PMby cris orange

    Very interesting pattern for a coat! The lining is cute too :-)

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      Mar 25, 2014, 08.45 AMby kelerabeus

      Thank you! I thought the shape is a bit unusual as well, I was very drawn to this slightly boho silhouette.

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    Mar 24, 2014, 09.36 PMby SewNotWork

    Wow! Great coat!

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    Mar 24, 2014, 07.31 PMby Kocotte

    very nice coat

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    Mar 24, 2014, 05.26 PMby cathysews

    This is stunning, a really nice coat

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      Mar 25, 2014, 08.35 AMby kelerabeus

      Thank you, I’m glad you like it!

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    Mar 24, 2014, 05.21 PMby kisses

    Fabulous coat…like all the details, colour and the fabric

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      Mar 25, 2014, 08.34 AMby kelerabeus

      Thank you! This is one of my favorite colors as well :)

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    Mar 24, 2014, 02.58 PMby Mary Athey

    What a gorgeous coat and the lining is just lovely. I love all the details and the photos show it of perfectly x

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      Mar 25, 2014, 08.33 AMby kelerabeus

      Thank you so much! I always struggle with amount of photos I’m uploading, on the one hand I’m afraid there’s too much of them but on the other I still want to show all the details and angles. Glad to hear you like them :)

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