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’.