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Self-Drafted Louisa Coat

Added Nov 15, 2012

by aur0ra

Nashville , Tenn...






This coat is made from a heavily interfaced, vintage double knit that I found in the thrift store a few years ago. I made it using a self-drafted pattern. I started naming my self-drafted patterns for fun and ot keep track of them This one is called the Louisa Coat. :)

It is fully lined, and features a large collar, puff sleeves, welt pockets, topstitching and fabric covered buttons. It’s complete with my own tag and a hanging loop inside. If I’d had more fabric, I would’ve added a detail in the back like a little buttoned belt. Oh well, I’ll add that to my next version.

The coat design is based on a well-worn and well-loved coat that I’ve had for several years (included in the project gallery). Rather than make a complete copy of the coat, I changed some things. The size of the coat is a tad larger (the store-bought one was an extra-small), the collar is much larger, the placement of the welt pockets is different, the pocket openings are wider (the store-bought coat had such small openings that I could barely fit my hands in them), some of the seams are topstitched, and the sleeves and armholes have more wiggle room for additional layers.

Technically, this is a muslin, but I hope you’ll agree this is a very wearable muslin. I love it! I plan to make a few changes to the pattern and make a few more coats. The biggest thing I’ll change is the size of the sleeves. I overcompensated a bit in adding room to the sleeves, so I’ll shape the sleeves a bit more for my next coat. I’ll also add a little detail in the back, like a bow or little buttoned tab.

If you are interested in more photos and details about the project, please see this post and this post. Thanks for looking! :)


Fall, Winter
Garment Type
Classic, Mod, Romantic

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    Dec 16, 2012, 07.08 PMby Melissa Lynnette

    This is very cute! You did a great job. :-)

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    Nov 20, 2012, 07.25 PMby lucyuk

    I logged in especially as I had to say WOW!! Gorgeous coat!! It looks lovely on you!! I love it!!

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      Dec 11, 2012, 01.49 PMby aur0ra

      Thank you! You’re so sweet!

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    Nov 17, 2012, 09.31 PMby asperge11

    Wow! What a great coat! I love it :)

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      Dec 11, 2012, 01.49 PMby aur0ra

      Thanks! :)

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    Nov 15, 2012, 10.54 PMby Mary Athey

    its so gorgeous and its lovely on you. i think you did a smashing job xx

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      Dec 11, 2012, 01.50 PMby aur0ra

      Thank you so much! I’m glad you like it.

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    Nov 15, 2012, 08.21 PMby chased-away

    It looks great and definitely wearable! And I like your photos! :)

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      Dec 11, 2012, 01.52 PMby aur0ra

      Thanks for saying that! Also, I appreciate the comment on the photos. They were taken in various places around the outside of my house. It was the perfect time of day and year for taking photos. :)

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