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Think pink, but don´t wear it!

Added Oct 19, 2013

by cris orange

Vienna, Austria






Even though I admire Big Karl a lot, I can´t follow his advice – I love love colours too much! How big was my surprise and joy this last september, when he sent a few models with pink suits on the runaway! So finally he changed his mind :-))))

The Donna Karan Pattern attracted my attention in february already and I knew this would be my first fall project. I saw this coat in my mind: orange or pink should it be!

In july I found the perfect fabric: a wool/angora blend, wonderful quality for a wonderful price too :-)

This time I didn´t change the pattern, because I find it already perfect in its elegant simplicity. After a first confusion regarding the size (I thought I was a 14), I decided to take the smallest size 6, and even this was at the end too big: especially the back had too much fabric. So I made 6 additional darts and took this way 12cm from the back. Next time when I sew this coat I will modify the pattern from the beginning…

The interesting thing with this coat is that it is not sewn the common way (right side on right side), but overlapped (left on right) and then topstiched twice. Afterwards the seamallowance is cut to 3mm. Of course you can only do this with a non-fringe fabric like wool. The topstitching was a challenge for me, I stitched with half speed and full concentration.

Lining was not designated, but I made it anyway, the coat simply falls much better with it. I also made a belt from the same fabric, but you can wear the coat with a leather belt too. From an old golden necklace I made the belt loops and the hook – and I put suitable golden buttons.

p.s. don´t you think it is a wonderful colour combination with the yellow gingko leaves? :-)

Material Notes

80% wool/20% angora, Bemberg Lining




Spring, Fall, Winter
Garment Type
Business, Classic

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    Feb 4, 2015, 07.10 PMby alakonturek

    Founded! It looks thousands times better and glamourous than mine coat :)

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      Feb 4, 2015, 09.17 PMby cris orange

      Thank you! But I like YOUR coat because it’s edgy and cool and modern :-)

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    Mar 1, 2014, 04.13 AMby Mokara

    This is a gorgeous coat and I think pink looks great with your color combination :)

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      Mar 1, 2014, 10.21 AMby cris orange

      The pattern is great indeed! And I think this pink combines also very well with green or yellow or orange… I’m a crazy “colourista” :-)

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    Nov 2, 2013, 01.52 AMby linen1

    I’m inspired! I own the pattern, now just need to source the fabric. Lovely, just lovely. Thanks for the post and in the inspiration.

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      Nov 2, 2013, 09.21 AMby cris orange

      Thank you! I’m happy inspiring you :-)

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    Oct 24, 2013, 10.04 PMby liliv-1

    Winter would be my favorite season If I had a coat like this cris! It’s absolutely pretty and in this gorgeous color it is 100% your unique style!

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      Oct 25, 2013, 07.37 AMby cris orange

      Thank you liliv! Indeed, this year for the first time in my life I like fall and winter because I finally can sew and wear colourful things :-)

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    Oct 23, 2013, 05.10 PMby MandieW

    Gorgeous coat! I agree, pink makes me happy.

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      Oct 23, 2013, 07.13 PMby cris orange

      Yes, it really does!

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    Oct 21, 2013, 04.15 PMby trploceanmoon

    OMG….I WANT THIS COAT!!! So beautiful!!! I am drooling over here!! It’s the perfect shade of pink! fabulous job!!

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      Oct 21, 2013, 04.33 PMby cris orange

      Hi, the good news is… YOU CAN MAKE IT ANY TIME! that´s the great thing about sewing :-)

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    Oct 21, 2013, 12.38 PMby noo222

    Infinitely chic! So beautiful it made my day to see it!

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      Oct 21, 2013, 04.31 PMby cris orange

      and you also made my day saying this! because that´s what I want: making the people around me a little bit happier with my crazy colours :-)

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    Oct 21, 2013, 03.10 AMby ronnielee

    Not many of us can get away with wearing PINK but you have done this so beautifully. Photos and matching accessories top it off. SEW well done!

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      Oct 21, 2013, 07.48 AMby cris orange

      WHY? I think ANY woman can wear pink! It’s such a wonderful and powerful colour. Thank you!

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    Oct 20, 2013, 05.07 PMby Anna Bruun

    wow fantastic!!

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    Oct 20, 2013, 01.33 PMby victoriakb

    Gorgeous coat! Love the style & the colour is perfect.

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      Oct 20, 2013, 02.02 PMby cris orange

      Thank you victoria, I’m glad you like it :-)

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    Oct 20, 2013, 01.39 AMby kisses

    Fabulous coat and pink is really on trend for autumn. Great craftsmanship and you look great

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      Oct 20, 2013, 09.44 AMby cris orange

      Thank you kisses! Indeed, I decided for pink before I knew it would be a trend for autumn… For me, bright colours are always trendy :-)

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    Oct 19, 2013, 10.07 PMby Inga 888

    Fantastic color and so on trend. 10 out of 10 :)

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    Oct 19, 2013, 08.39 PMby SassyT

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    Oct 19, 2013, 06.09 PMby Ellen Hatteland

    Gorgeous Chis! and lovely details! You did a great job with the overlapping and topstitching (and cut straight).. The style suits you perfect and I’m sure you will be very Happy with the coat ;-)

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      Oct 20, 2013, 09.41 AMby cris orange

      Thank you Ellen! The overlapping & topstitching is really an interesting idea, I want to use it again. And the pink will surely make me happy during grey winter days :-)

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    Oct 19, 2013, 05.43 PMby rita61

    Beautiful! Great way to cheer up a winter day. Looks great on you!

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      Oct 19, 2013, 05.49 PMby cris orange

      thank you rita! yes, I need some colours in winter, this prevents me from becoming depressive :)))

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    Oct 19, 2013, 01.54 PMby Mary Athey

    O.M.G. cris but this is stunning!! Your photo’s are fabulous and show of your skill with a sewing machine to perfection. I ’m nearly speechless with envy here as i love this coat so much. You would never find something so classic and elegant in the shops and if you did it would cost a fortune. Totally beautiful coat cris and you look simply divine. The accessories are fab as well x

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      Oct 19, 2013, 02.17 PMby cris orange

      Dear Mary, thank you so much for your nice comment! Indeed, sewing gives me a sense of liberty because finally I can wear what I want without spending a fortune and without seeking for months after a certain piece I like. And if you want the coat, you can simply sew it, is this great, isn’t it?

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      Oct 19, 2013, 04.47 PMby Mary Athey

      I’m going to buy this pattern and i’ll give it a go!! I am not up to your level yet cris but i can only try. I am still wrestling with my cape! It’s massive on me lol and i don’t like the 3 colours so i’m making changes and going with two colours lol x

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      Oct 19, 2013, 05.21 PMby cris orange

      I´m sure you are much more than my level Mary, you are sewing for a long time! and what else am I also doing than trying? Just do it and you´ll be happy :-)

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    Oct 19, 2013, 01.33 PMby Agnese More

    You just rock this pink coat! So great! Such a nice piece of work! :)

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      Oct 19, 2013, 01.43 PMby cris orange

      Thank you Agnes!

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    Oct 19, 2013, 11.50 AMby debrarae

    Your coat is Flawless as well as STUNNING! IT’s fantastic!

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      Oct 19, 2013, 11.59 AMby cris orange

      Thank you so much debra!

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    Oct 19, 2013, 11.47 AMby Debbie Alli

    Oh wow!!! Your coat is stunning! It must have been fun to adapt the back but I think the resulting effect of all of those darts is just gorgeous :-))

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      Oct 19, 2013, 11.59 AMby cris orange

      Thank you Debbie! Adapting the back was indeed a necessity, but those many darts are really fun :-)

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    Oct 19, 2013, 11.13 AMby sarahfbr

    oh wow!! I love it, and it looks like a designer coat too! the pink is a gorgeous colour to use, just what’s needed in the winter months. I want one, haha!

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      Oct 19, 2013, 11.24 AMby cris orange

      thank you sarah! well, it is a designer pattern indeed :-) I also need some bright colours in winter, just to lighten up my mood. If you want one, you simply can sew one, that´s the wonderful thing with sewing yourself :-))))

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