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The Coat Edit
When fashion icon and Vogue Editor-in-Chief Anna Wintour was made a dame by Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace in 2017, she wore a covetable coat designed by Chanel. I will never receive that honor, but I can have the coat—or a reasonable facsimile thereof. So can you, with this simple pattern adjustment.
The coat’s salient feature is a pair of diagonal pleats extending from the center-front waistline toward each hip. The lower half opens at center front with abutted edges; the bodice is double-breasted with a collar that can be worn buttoned to the neck, or open to create lapels.
To mimic this look, start with a double-breasted coat pattern that has a waist seam and an A-line skirt. I used Vogue 9157, but Lekala 4192 would also work. I changed only the skirt front and front lining pattern pieces. (If your pattern has a different skirt shape, you may need to make additional changes.) You’ll follow a different construction sequence to handle the front configuration, but it’s not difficult or time-consuming.
The original coat was shown on the runway with a matching skirt, which showed at the center front. The style is so versatile that you can live your fashion journalism dream by pairing it with a contrasting dress or skirt, tailored slacks, or even jeans.
Carol J. Fresia is Threads’ senior technical editor. This article first appeared in Issue 200 as ‘The Coat Edit’.
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I subscribe to the print magazine, so I have the actual directions for modifying the Chanel-style coat, but I can't get the 360 degree view to come up online. I was hoping to see the back of the coat, as well as to see whether I will be able to slip some invisible pockets into the side seams without ruining the drape of the garment.
Thank you for letting us know the link to the 360-degree view wasn't working. I just corrected it, so you should be able to view it now. You can certainly add side-seam pockets, which are not included in the original pattern. The coat's skirt portion is A-line, so there shouldn't be a problem accommodating a pocket. If I recall correctly, the original pattern had an optional back belt, which we didn't include here. I love this pattern--it's got a pretty forgiving fit, with the raglan sleeves and flared skirt, and it has a nice, classic look with some good detail options.
Threads Senior Technical Editor