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Guided Photo Tour: The Red Alpaca Loden Coat

I have a fondness for Tyrolean clothing, especially loden coats.
This classic silhouette features a back pleat and flanges at the shoulders.
A sleeve with a center seam holds the cuff latch.
I have a fondness for Tyrolean clothing, especially loden coats.

I have a fondness for Tyrolean clothing, especially loden coats.

Photo: Kenneth D. King

I have a fondness for Tyrolean clothing, and when I came upon this coat at a thrift store recently, I knew I had to take a look inside. For more about loden coats, see my previous posts here and here

loden coat  

Sadly, I had to leave this beauty behind because it was too small for me.



This classic silhouette features a back pleat and flanges at the shoulders.



A sleeve with an overarm seam holds the cuff latch.



This coat is woven from alpaca, so it was expensive when new.


fly-front facing  

The first thing we see inside is a really beautiful way to finish a fly-front facing. This opening is essentially a very long bound buttonhole.

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Comments (12)

merrivet merrivet writes: Did the thrift store let you take it apart to show us?
Posted: 2:02 pm on March 29th

ELewis28 ELewis28 writes: Amazing. I so appreciate seeing this. Thanks so much for the detailed analysis. This article will be a great reference.
P.S., that's an impressive find for a thrift shop. Good eye!
Posted: 10:35 pm on January 14th

KennethDKing KennethDKing writes: I'm glad you all are enjoying this. A good use of the smart phone.

I'm working on another vintage coat right now, trying to dissect the interesting pocket.
Posted: 6:23 pm on January 11th

sanjay7 sanjay7 writes: Looks awesome. Specially for its back side, Solder fitting also looks comfortable.
Posted: 10:40 pm on January 8th

user-1117178 user-1117178 writes: Thank yo so much for taking the time to photograph and explain all the interesting and amazing details in this coat!
Posted: 1:32 pm on January 5th

user-5303407 user-5303407 writes: Thank you for the post and wonderful pictures. I love loden coats and am in "awe" of the sewing methods. Fantastic!
Posted: 12:34 am on January 4th

user-5461754 user-5461754 writes: Hello I am always surprised at myself how much I know. i did sew that kind of sleeve cap and also the hidden button closure. I had to do that during evening classes for coupeuse(tailor?) in the Netherlands. I love to do those tricky sewing methods
Posted: 6:39 pm on January 3rd

kristeni kristeni writes: Wow, thank you for the walkthrough. Beautifully made and features to aspire to create. I've never seen a sleeve like that. Very interesting.
Posted: 4:54 pm on January 3rd

kenniswong kenniswong writes: What a wonderful find. We don't use these beautiful and functional features in our sewing nearly enough.
Posted: 4:42 pm on January 3rd

KennethDKing KennethDKing writes: Thanks--I am a convert to the smart phone, precisely so I can document items just like this!
Posted: 6:43 pm on December 29th

just jane just jane writes: A beautifully made coat, s level to aspire to.
Thank You for sharing and the up-close photos of featured areas.
Posted: 1:36 pm on December 24th

user-6604521 user-6604521 writes: What a fabulous coat. I love alpaca and have been hoarding a 3-yard piece since a trip to Perú in 2011 where we visited an alpaca processing facility. The operations started with the delivery of raw sheared fibers and ended with the machine spinning into finer and finer threads For weaving mills. This post has inspired me to get my coat made as soon as possible!
Posted: 6:40 am on December 24th

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