One Way or Another Reversible Coat
I bought this piece of Italian wool from Mood Fabrics online. I was so excited about this medium weight wool with a brown side and black side. I decided to make this reversible coat, but it proved to be very challenging. I wanted the black to accent the brown and vice-versa. So I sewed the seam allowances by overlaping the pieces on the seam line, stitching them together so that one half of the seam allowance would press open on each side. Then I carefully top stitched the seam allowance. The cuffs were another challenge with the buttons that needed to close on both sides. The little tabs were ideal. However, sewing them so they were black on one side, brown on the other, took many trials before I got it right. I am so happy with the end result. It looks sharp and always turns heads with a smart pair of black boots on a chilly Alaskan day.
Black felted wool with brown on the reverse side.
The brown side facing out with the black side showing at the collar.
Princess styled coat with seam allowances pressed open and stitched so that one half of the seam allowance lies on black side and one half on the brown side.
The coat back has many darts that shape the coat. The darts are split open and stitched so that the seam allowance lies half on each color.
The button holes were a challenge, so I made flaps that were reversible and could overlap and button on either side. The buttons were bi-colored and matched perfectly!
Absolutely gorgeous! Love those back darts. Still not sure how you created open darts on both sides.. Very stunning.
I LOVE the detail on this coat! I love the back! I see it is your own design. Did you make a pattern by draping or modifying a commercial pattern? I would LOVE to have a coat like this. Are you selling the pattern? Also, Am wondering what size bust this is for? I love tailored, fitted garments, and yet find that when I make them to fit my 40 c/d cup, 5' 1" frame, so much is lost in the translation.
Beautiful work! I am inspired! Thanks for sharing it.
This is fantastic , you did a wonderful job. It is a beautiful coat.
Thanks for all of the wonderful comments. I used a simplicity pattern for the collar and sleeves, but even the sleeves ended up looking different because I changed the cuffs. I fitted the coat and created the darts on my dress form. I have photos and descriptions on my blog: http://sewingthroughmystash.blogspot.com
It was posted in January.
Very nice. Simple, and yet, its all in the details.
Those back darts! Sassy and utterly original. cuffs are the most elaborate area, but the clean collar keeps the effect under control. Just the whisper of uniform styling from another century, but mercifully no fur!
Lovely, I like the design, the quality of work, I like it all.