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Needing a pattern

MMsewing | Posted in Patterns on

I am looking for a pattern to make a pea coat.  I have found the melton wool and a few patterns which can be modified, but does anyone know of a company which makes a specific pea coat pattern?  Thanks!


  1. mimi | | #1

    MMsewing:  have you looked at Vogue patterns # 7978 or #2449, at http://www.voguepatterns.com?  both have shorter versions, double breasted like a pea coat.


    1. MMsewing | | #2

      Thanks, Mimi, I did and those are the two I thought I could use, but was hoping to find an authentic pea coat, but I don't think it will happen.  I "surfed" the web for hours one night in search!  But thanks anyway.  I thought there might be a pattern company out there I was not aware of.  Take care and happy sewing!

      1. mimi | | #3

        Did you try folkwear?  They do period reproductions, maybe they have one.


        1. MMsewing | | #4

          No, I haven't, but that's a good idea.  I will try that when I get a chance.  I have thought to contact the Navy!  What would they tell me - NO!  I can always ask...thanks!

          1. mimi | | #5

            <grin> that would probably get you on the NSA watchlist!  Who knows, you might be planning to make pea coats for terrorists!


          2. SewNancy | | #9

            A beautiful updated peacoat is being offered by Vogue, by Michael Kors and Hot Patterns has one too.

  2. Jonagold | | #6

    Not a pattern, but have you thought of checking the Goodwill, etc. for a ready made pea coat.   Perhaps you could even find  the perfect fit.  Or, you might find that it isn't the look for you!

    It really doesn't take all that long to rip apart 1/2 of a coat.  I leave 1/2 together so I can see the construction details.  I learned that the hard way.

    1. MMsewing | | #7

      Good Morning and thanks for the tip.  No, I haven't checked Goodwill and as much as I have been there lately, you would think I would have thought of it.  I will look, but will probably use a Vogue I found that is really close...thanks!  #9797, I think is the one. Or is it #7979, whatever!

      1. Teaf5 | | #8

        Army/Navy surplus stores still sell pea coats, too, although they were so popular in the sixties and seventies that you'll probably find them in thrift stores, too.

  3. offerocker | | #10

    Everyone has provided excellent ideas.  Don't dismiss being able to purchase an authentic coat from the Navy...someone could purchase one for you, given dimensions - they're usually 'male sized'.  Do you live near a base, or know someone in the Navy?  I was in the venerable Civil Service (joke there) and traveled overseas for a time.  Ran out of clothes!  One of the girls/women in the Navy got several pairs of the bell-bottom 'jeans' for me from the Post Exchange. ...Navy Issue...   Cheaper than finding slacks on the 'outside', and we certainly didn't have that kind of time for shopping, let alone the money.  Worth a try!   

    1. MMsewing | | #11

      Thanks for the kind words, but the whole idea is to make one!  I want and am looking forward to the challenge! My background and growing up is US Army!!!! but buying a pea coat from the Army/Navy store would be a good idea for details. I am always trying to push my creativity and level of expertise.  I have made coats in the past but this one is special..


      Thanks again!

      1. offerocker | | #12

        Good for you!  My USMC husband and I will forgive you for being 'Army', ha ha.  My nephew just returned from a year in Iraq yesterday.  Keep up your endeavors and determination.  My hat's off to you.  "I was there once..."  I remember my mother who was a talented seamstress asking my why I "always chose the most difficult material or pattern" (uneven plaid for a suit - everything matched exactly!)  That was the fun part.

        1. MarianK | | #13

          You might want to check the features on this line of coats, made by the Navy's supplier (supposedly Sterling):http://www.legendaryusa.com/product/M21

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