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the "adam" cashmere coat

Added Oct 10, 2011

by Ralf Schmitz

Berlin, Germany






i have not been posting anything for quite a while! reason was, that we have been travelling a lot, i have been ill and the last project (this coat) took me a long time to finish: but here we go!

the pattern is from burdastyle: the “adam” coat. i changed it around a bit: the shoulders are smaller now, the coat is 10 cm longer and i took in quite a lot of the wide backside. the material is (and that was, why i have been so afraid of doing this) the most expensive, i ever payed for, cashmere and the lining is a silk changeant from goldish to grey.

i never have been handsewing so much as on this coat, to give it the right look, and even it took me so long and it was quite a “fight” to finish it, i am very happy with the result and hope you all like it as well

the outfit you see me wearing “under” my coat is made by me as well!

Material Notes

outside 100 % cashmer in black
lining silk in gold / grey changeant
black metallbuttons
maching thread




Winter, Fall
Garment Type
Business, Classic, Evening Wear
Cashmere, Silk

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    May 13, 2012, 07.03 PMby JPGagnon

    I’ve been eyeing this pattern and your version has sold me. So fantastic! I love the attention to details that you’ve done included the stitch on the lining. Great work!


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      May 14, 2012, 05.13 AMby Ralf Schmitz

      dear jason! thank you very much for your kind comment. i can highly recommend the pattern. it is such a great one!

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    Dec 18, 2011, 02.27 PMby dadaist

    Ralf, I am very impressed with your immaculate sewing. Look at the detail in lining, shows how genius you are. Well done and I wish you a happy Christmas :-)

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      Dec 19, 2011, 07.06 AMby Ralf Schmitz

      thank you very much for your lovely comment. a merry christmas to you too!

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    Dec 3, 2011, 05.51 PMby cathysews

    This is a fantastic coat….you should be proud… It looks so well finished, the detail is immaculate. Great great work.

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      Dec 19, 2011, 07.05 AMby Ralf Schmitz

      thank you so very much for your kind comment!

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    Nov 22, 2011, 08.22 PMby robynemde

    You did a beautiful job! I really love your vest! I’m working on the same coat for my brother and am having a hard time understanding the pocket flaps. It seems like the instruction picture is telling me to put them on upside down? Do you stitch them on so the outer fabric is facing out or the lining is facing out? Then I’m guessing you fold them down? Sorry – any insight would be so helpful! Thanks!

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      Dec 19, 2011, 07.05 AMby Ralf Schmitz

      dear! i am so sorry, i did not looked at your comment until now. i do use a special technique for my pockets, wich i have from a german book about sewing, so i did not follow the instructions of the original pattern.

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    Nov 18, 2011, 07.53 AMby hwoodjusto

    Oh wow, this is amazing..am so glad you made it for yourself, then when I read that you made the pieces underneath…I was amazed…GREAT WORK!

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      Nov 18, 2011, 11.54 AMby Ralf Schmitz

      thank you so very much for your kind comment!

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    Oct 22, 2011, 06.02 PMby Gabriele Yorlano

    Wow Ralf! Stunning! Your Best to date. Simply Gorgeous. So much professionalism and detail! Love, love love it!!!!!

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      Oct 23, 2011, 08.11 AMby Ralf Schmitz

      thank you for all your kindness and the lovely comment!

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    Oct 15, 2011, 02.16 AMby marloncosta

    Dude… u r a rockstar tailor! Really!

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      Oct 15, 2011, 05.11 PMby Ralf Schmitz

      thank you so much marlon! i love your things too!!!

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    Oct 14, 2011, 07.55 PMby slinkykitten

    Fabulous coat Ralf! The details are perfect!

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      Oct 15, 2011, 05.11 PMby Ralf Schmitz

      you are too kind! thank you!!

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    Oct 14, 2011, 02.10 PMby patti-r

    Very GQ!!!!!

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      Oct 14, 2011, 04.45 PMby Ralf Schmitz

      o.m.g.!!! GQ please don’t spoil me :-)))) thank you so much!

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    Oct 13, 2011, 09.06 AMby freehold

    Wowza!!! I’m only logging in after an 18 month hiatas, but HELLO!!! Things have really heated up on here. All I can say for your coat is A-M-A-Z-I-N-G… Applause, hope you can hear it from Surrey

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      Oct 13, 2011, 10.15 AMby Ralf Schmitz

      hear you loud and clear :-)))) thank you very much for you kind words! great to have you back here!

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    Oct 12, 2011, 11.01 AMby KazztheSpazz

    Wowsers Ralf this is bananas. So slick, immaculate work well done.

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      Oct 12, 2011, 11.14 AMby Ralf Schmitz

      oh thank you very much indeed! you are too kind :-)))))

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    Oct 12, 2011, 10.51 AMby becia

    Wish you lots of health, but not talent, you already have it. :)

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      Oct 12, 2011, 11.13 AMby Ralf Schmitz

      can we ever have enough talent?? thank you ever so much for your kind words!

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    Oct 12, 2011, 06.53 AMby loulourosa

    Hello Ralf, I’m glad to see some work of you again! Your coat is super, so beautifully made, I can imagine it took you some time,… I hope you are better now?

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      Oct 12, 2011, 11.13 AMby Ralf Schmitz

      dear loulourosa! back again and almoust fit i wanted to thank you for your nice comment!

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    Oct 12, 2011, 06.50 AMby carolyn-s

    Glad you are feeling better now, and whoa, coming back with a bang! This is just magnificent!! Your work is impeccable, as always… bravo!

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      Oct 12, 2011, 11.12 AMby Ralf Schmitz

      thank you so much for your kindness! i really love my coat (i guess you can see this on the photos :-)

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    Oct 11, 2011, 07.42 PMby domestic-divaonline

    Exquisite Ralf! Right down to the embroidered lining. Only you could have such divine details on lining! Your painstaking work is clearly visible on this coat. Hope you are feeling better. : (

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      Oct 11, 2011, 08.20 PMby Ralf Schmitz

      you are so kind to notice all that and i am allways happy to get such lovely words from you! thank you very very much! (i am much better allready and should be completly back to normal soon :-)

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    Oct 11, 2011, 05.11 PMby threadsquare

    Every successive thing you finish floors me more than the last. This is so elegant and stylish. I absolutely love the cuffs, the added length and the loop above your tag. You’re going to be turning heads all winter :)

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      Oct 11, 2011, 08.19 PMby Ralf Schmitz

      you are too kind my dear! thank you so much for your lovely comment. i am so glad you like the lenght, as i felt so insecure about it first, but now seeing the pictures, i am happy, that i did decided to do it that way!

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    Oct 11, 2011, 01.57 PMby zaarissima

    so professionally – inside and outside! CHAPEAU again and again!!!

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      Oct 11, 2011, 02.28 PMby Ralf Schmitz

      thank you again for your lovely words!

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    Oct 11, 2011, 10.19 AMby Adrienne Hendrix

    Bravo Ralf!!! Another wonderful creation. Your garments are so special and I envy your talents. If I was only 1/10th as good as you are I would be very happy. Hope you are feeling better and taking care of yourself. Your passion for sewing really shows in your finished products. Happy Sewing Ralf!

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      Oct 11, 2011, 02.27 PMby Ralf Schmitz

      oh adrienne! this is fishing for compliments :-) as you are hopefully aware, of how good you are as well in sewing! thanks again for your words, and YES i slowly feel better :-))))

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      Oct 12, 2011, 02.44 AMby Adrienne Hendrix

      I am so glad to hear you are starting to feel better. I am getting better with my sewing and learning new things everyday. I just finished my outfit for my granddaughter Izzy and she is so cute in it, will be posting it tonight with her in it. I already have posted the outfit by itself. Hope you get a chance to take a look. Get better soon as I cannot wait to see what you create next! Happy Sewing Ralf!

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    Oct 11, 2011, 09.44 AMby fashionfreek

    What a lovely coat! I like your colour choice for the lining. The attention to detail is great. Well done!

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      Oct 11, 2011, 02.26 PMby Ralf Schmitz

      thank you very much for your words fashsionfreek!

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    Oct 11, 2011, 09.01 AMby sew4my3

    Perfect setting for such an artistic look. Your hand sewing payed off for you on this prize winner. You look very debonair. Well done!

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      Oct 11, 2011, 02.25 PMby Ralf Schmitz

      thank you very much for your kind comment! I never won a prize, so this feels great to hear!

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    Oct 11, 2011, 03.17 AMby urbandon

    Beautiful. Perfect. Stylish.

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    Oct 11, 2011, 01.15 AMby sewingqueen-1

    As ever Rolf, your projects are breathtaking. The outside, the inside; I can’t decide which is my favourite part. Chapeau!

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      Oct 11, 2011, 06.25 AMby Ralf Schmitz

      you are so kind to say that! thank you very much!

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    Oct 10, 2011, 10.38 PMby lili123

    wow beautiful and luxurious coat with fantastic little details that make it unique.

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      Oct 11, 2011, 06.25 AMby Ralf Schmitz

      thank you very much, that is so kind of you lili!

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    Oct 10, 2011, 09.05 PMby Liora Litman-Cohen

    ralph,the list of compliments does not end-and you deserve them all! in one word-perfection. i really loved the embroidery at the end of the inner side,it’s like a small wink.get well and be healthy so all of us admierers would be able to enjoy your amazing work.

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      Oct 11, 2011, 06.24 AMby Ralf Schmitz

      dearest liora! thank you very much for your comment. i am allready much better and as the weather is going more and more into cold and autumn, i will be wearing all those things very soon!

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    Oct 10, 2011, 08.58 PMby caramia-made

    Fantastic job on your “labour of love”. It looks very expensive! Also I love your trousers and vest ensemble – too classy! :-)

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      Oct 11, 2011, 06.23 AMby Ralf Schmitz

      thank you so much! “labour of love” could have been a good title for that coat :-)

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    Oct 10, 2011, 05.29 PMby FEDRA

    Outstanding! very neatly and accurately made​​, you are the master Ralf! I particularly like the stitch on the lining (small bows?) very cute! Now you’re ready for winter. I have not yet developed a design for my coat in my head, still “cook”! Congratulations!

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      Oct 10, 2011, 06.06 PMby Ralf Schmitz

      thank you so much, but i am far away of beeing a master in that field. there is still soooo much i want to learn and do better on the next project. can not wait to see your coat upcoming!

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    Oct 10, 2011, 03.23 PMby ichigogirl

    Fabulous! The details look tailored, perfect, well done! I feel like copying the lapel/collar… if only I could, too impatient :-)

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      Oct 10, 2011, 03.33 PMby Ralf Schmitz

      thank you :-)! you should really give it a try, the collar is really worth the little working around and trying out!

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    Oct 10, 2011, 03.00 PMby janene

    Truly a masterpiece! The handstitching on the outside through to the embroidery on the lining shows how much love has gone into this, inside and out. I bet it feels so wonderful to wear. I love the way the neckpiece wraps round. Really cosy. And of course it teams beautifully with my favourite suit of yours! I can’t quite believe its a Burda pattern…. look out Vogue you’ve got hot competition on your heels! x

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      Oct 10, 2011, 03.32 PMby Ralf Schmitz

      dear janene! thank you so so much for your kind compliments and lovely words. i just hope that the team of burda finally wakes up and realises, that there are men out there, interested in new patterns as well (if they need any ideas, they are most wellcome to as me :-)

      the neckpiece-bit was really tricky, but now i am so happy that it worked out and looks so nice!

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    Oct 10, 2011, 02.39 PMby Timea Schmidt

    Dear Ralf, I have been waiting so long to see this coat! Let me tell you that you are not disappointing this time either. What a beautiful work. Every single detail on it!!!! The rounded corners works so well with the cashmere and the hand stitching around the edges look so elegant. Love the embroidery on the lining:)) Your surprising little details!!! Sad to hear you were ill. Hope everything is well know and you can go out and show off your perfectly handsome looking and well dressed yourself.

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      Oct 10, 2011, 03.30 PMby Ralf Schmitz

      dear timi! that is so kind of you and i am so thrilled, that you like all the detail-work i putted into that coat. as the material was so dear and expensive, i just thought, that i had to do that little extra effort. and it payed off!

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    Oct 10, 2011, 01.47 PMby dottty

    O Ralf what beautiful thing you made, and your suit too, you look truely amazing, I can imagine you just going out in the cold so you can feel warm (and look great) jj:)x and i hope you are feeling better too.

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      Oct 10, 2011, 03.29 PMby Ralf Schmitz

      my lovely dotty! thank you so much for your words. (they keep me warmer than any coat would do!) and yes, i am feeling better again!

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      Oct 11, 2011, 08.23 AMby dottty

      :o now you are making me blush Ralf jj:)x
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